BUas students devise operation software

22 March 2019

Students of Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) took part in the regional finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup with the software they designed which helps to perform operations on cancer patients more safely.

This week, students of Breda University of Applied Sciences have won the audience prize during the regional finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. They captured this prize awarded by the public convincingly for the software they designed that helps to perform operations on cancer patients more safely. The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a worldwide competition themed around new and innovative technologies which make a positive contribution to solving social issues. In cooperation with the Nederlands Kanker Fonds, affiliated with the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital in Amsterdam, the BUas student team of the degree programme Creative Media & Games have developed trail-blazing software in the last six months. This software enables surgeons to be supported by real-time visualisations when they are performing operations on cancer patients.

For this innovative creation, they were nominated for the regional finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup on 15 February. The team of Breda University of Applied Sciences engaged into combat with eleven teams from Europe, the Middle East and Africa aiming to conquer a place in the international finals that will take place in Seattle in April. Of the 1,500 teams competing, the team of Breda University of Applied Sciences made it through to the last forty teams.

Real-time simulation

In cooperation with scientists and surgeons of the Nederlands Kanker Fonds, the BUas students worked on the project aiming to support surgeons in performing operations on cancer patients. Their software solution enables real-time simulations of the organ that is being operated upon. By using this new technology, which is based on electromagnetic tracking, surgeons can navigate very clearly and determine the position of their instruments towards the organs very carefully. They can establish exactly - before and during an operation - the position of vital structures to prevent healthy tissue of the surrounding organs from being damaged during the operation. By using this new software, they will no longer need to fully rely on a camera when performing operations. This will lead to better results and enhance patient safety.