Surgical Planning Laboratory - Brigham & Women's Hospital - Boston, Massachusetts USA - a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

Surgical Planning Laboratory

Visiting the SPL


Please click here for directions to the SPL.

General Setting

View of the 75 Francis Street entrance to the main campus of BWH and of the new Shapiro Building across the street
The SPL is a research lab in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston. BWH is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare. The Core Mission of the SPL is the extraction of medically relevant information from diagnostic imaging data. To learn more about the SPL, please visit the overview section of this website.
The SPL provides office space for researchers in the Thorn Medical Research Building at the main campus and at other locations.
The SPL facilities can be found at the BWH Main Campus in the Longwood Medical Area in Boston and at our facility at 1249 Boylston Street in Boston (which is about a mile away).

Visiting for Training and Research Collaborations

The SPL welcomes qualified investigators who are interested in training or performing research with us. Please note that the SPL does not have a degree granting program. Students working on projects with us are typically enrolled in a degree granting program at universities elsewhere.

If you are interested in training or performing research with us, please fill out this form.

The SPL is an umbrella organization which provides a number of labs with IT services and access to our rich scientific environment. For more information about the closely affiliated labs and efforts, please see the projects page.


ThornCam is a dynamically changing window view seen from the third floor of the George W. Thorn Medical Research Building at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The Thorn Building is home to the Radiology Research Labs, of which the Surgical Planning Lab is a part.

Map of the location and orientation of the ThornCam

Brigham and Women's Hospital is the result of the merger of several Harvard University-affiliated hospitals over the years: the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, the Boston Hospital for Women and the Free Hospital for Women. The architecture of the hospital reflects this growth over time: the main complex is a series of interconnecting buildings, each built at different times. ThornCam's east-northeast view shows the roofs of several older buildings that form the "Pike," the hallway that acts as the hospital's main spine.

Caption explaining the structures visible on the ThornCam

The tall building is the Connors Center for Reproductive Health, one of the nation's finest medical centers for women and newborns. On top of the Connors Center is a heliport that provides helicopter 'medflight' access for the entire hospital. The windsock on the roof is a good indication of the prevailing wind. Just beyond the Connors Center is Brigham and Women's main tower, where most overnight hospital patients stay.

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