The Image-Guided Surgery group at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), headed by Dr. Vahrmeijer focuses on safe and efficient clinical translation of image guided surgery applications to improve personalized clinical practice and enhance patient outcome.
The Image Guided Surgery group aims at implementing innovative patient-tailored, image guided diagnostic methods and treatment modalities for the treatment of solid cancer which matches in the research programme surgical oncology in the LUMC Medical Research Profile Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy.Various cancer types are targeted as defined for the LUMC in the National Top Referral Care list such as breast-, colorectal-, ovarian- and pancreas cancer.
Personalized treatment of tumors is also well in the spotlight of the Dutch National Research Agenda. Improving imaging techniques will provide a better tool for the selection of patients that, following preoperative (neoadjuvant) treatment, would benefit from additional (minimally invasive) surgery and identify patients who may be treated non-operatively. Fine-tuning the relation between tumor diagnosis, neoadjuvant treatment, preoperative planning and minimally invasive image-guided surgery will likely improve oncologic surgery while reducing surgical morbidity in cancer patients.