The University Medical
Center Utrecht is one of the largest public healthcare institutions
in the Netherlands. With almost 10,000 employees, UMC Utrecht is
constantly building on the provision of good healthcare services,
based on the right people and knowledge. One of the UMC Utrecht’s
core activities is performing cutting-edge scientific research from
“bench to bedside”.
The Department of Clinical
of the UMC has a unique position in the hospital between
research and clinical applications. The people in the department
are motivated to improve patient care and patient safety. They are
closely working with the medical professionals in patient care e.g.
assisting in the OR. They translate the needs for improvement in
patient care and safety to innovative solutions with the technology
available. In close cooperation with clinicians, they have developed
several unique surgical procedures e.g. bypass surgery in the brain
(ELANA technique) and laser assisted endoscopic hydrocephalus treatment.
The Department of Clinical Physics is internationally recognized
as expert center for medical laser research. They have developed
unique visualization techniques and high speed imaging techniques
including thermal imaging. Using these imaging techniques, the action
mechanism of surgical devices have been studied like the CUSA, ultrasound
induced cavitation for aspiration of tumor tissue from the brain.
The department has also a large expertise in laser delivery systems
and modifications of fiber tips to guide the laser light to the
target. They have developed new delivery systems that enabled unique
surgical procedures in e.g. neurosurgery. For infrared lasers, they
performed studies on fiber based delivery systems. More recently
the department of Clinical Physics started projects in advanced
multi-spectral imaging systems to improve the sight of the surgeons
and the detection and diagnosis of malignant tissues.