Laboratory for Percutaneous Surgery (Perk Lab)

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
What the facility does

Computer-assisted interventions, image-guided surgery, surgical robotics, medical image computing.

Areas of expertise

Our research interest is computer-assisted surgery and interventions. This is a fascinating and complex field that covers medical imaging, image computing, scientific visualization, surgical planning and navigation, robotics, biosensors and, perhaps most importantly, integration of all these into workable clinical systems and translating them to clinical use. We further specialize in minimally invasive percutaneous (through the skin) interventions performed under image guidance, with primary application in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Research services

Image-guided surgery software, computer-assisted surgery application prototyping, open source software platforms

Sectors of application
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment



OEC 9880 C-arm fluoroscope

X-ray imaging

Sonix ouch ultrasound system with GPS extension

Ultrasound imaging

SonixTablet ultrasound with GPS extension

Ultrasound imaging

Ultrasound-guided prostate brachytherapy experimental setup

Transperineal needle guide

Ascension trakSTAR electromagnetic tracker system

Position tracking

NDI Polaris Spectra optical tracker

Position tracking

NDI Aurora electromagnetic tracker system with tabletop field generator

Position tracking

Robotic needle guide (B-Rob I)

4-DOF needle guidance

Commercial and in-house made anatomical phantoms

Phantom experiments

MicronTracker Hx40 optical tracker

Position tracking

Image overlay augmented reality needle guidance system – experimental setup (Perk Station)


  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Robarts Research Institute – Western University
  • Burdette Medical Systems Inc.