(semi) real-time intervention in a single procedure

Patient comfort

Financial benefit

Problem definition

The current procedures to diagnose breast cancer by biopsy are very stressful for the patient and very expensive. As is now, the intervention now takes place outside the bore of the MRI by performing ultrasound, CT or MRI guided biopsies. According to the Dutch guideline for breast cancer screening for the high risk patients (age <50 years, dense breast tissue, DCIS/glands, HER2+), this group needs te be guided directly into the MRI. The other patients first go through the regular path from their GP to the hospital to a inferior quality scan (CT/ultrasound) and sometimes still have to be sent to the MRI. This of course includes weeks of waiting time; extremely uncomfortable for the patient.


By using the innovative (semi) real-time MRI guided biopsy robot, the procedure will be reduced to such an extent that at least twice as many procedures can be performed in the MRI in the same amount of time as a doctor would perform manually. More patients can thereby be treated quicker and better.
This is not only beneficial for patient comfort, it also has a positive effect on the other side of the equation: it frees up more time for the doctor and the CT/ultrasound departments are less occupied and therefore available for other activities.

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Last week we participated in a documentary called “stand van Nederland”: Generation Next. The documentary starts october 7th at 22:10 on NPO 2. We are glad that we had the opportunity to share knowledge on how our intervention robot will help patients with breast cancer in a very early stage.
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