The Prone Crawl Breast Couch improves significantly the breast cancer radiotherapy
•It achieves dose reductions rates to organs at-risk that seem to be impossible with other breast cancer positioning devices •It halves the risk of radiation-induced cardiac and lung cancer morbidity and mortality in challenging situations of breast and lymph node photon radiotherapy •It delivers a superior prone patient comfort and stability
Ghent University has a strong tradition in the development of new medical devices. Such technologies were recently structured under the umbrella of the "MedTeg" business development unit, Medical Device Technology Ghent, with the aim of focusing the many multi-disciplinary commercialisation processes in health technology.
The business model provides both an internal focus (within Ghent University the alignment of researchers active in the field) and an external focus through a strengthening of input from patient associations and actors in the care sector (via representatives of University Hospital Ghent), alongside MedTech Flanders (www.medtechflanders.be), the umbrella organisation of Flemish companies active in this field), and the City of Ghent.