About the research
When removing a kidney tumor, a surgeon has just 20 minutes to do the job. During the operation, the surgeon has to cut off the blood supply to the kidney to avoid a true blood bath. But if the kidney is without blood for too long, too much of it will die off, causing the kidney to malfunction. To help surgeons in that race against time, Saar Vermijs (UGent) wants to develop 3D models of the patient's kidney. This will allow surgeons to see exactly which blood vessels run to the tumor, so that they can target only those blood vessels.