Breast Board wins prize for innovation in the healthcare sector

(14-12-2018) The prone breast Board is a new device for radiotherapy of the breast and regional lymph nodes for breast cancer patients.

The non-profit organization In4care, which provides innovations in health care and welfare, organized the competition 'Zorgvinding 2018', with a prize pool of €50,000. The main prize went to doctoral students Bert Boute and Max Schoepen of the Industrial Design Center (UGent Campus Kortrijk) with the patented Prone Breast Board technology.

The prone breast Board is a new device for radiotherapy of the breast and regional lymph nodes for breast cancer patients. The patient is lying in the prone position on the breast board. This position should increase the comfort and of breast cancer patients and medical effectiveness during the irradiation.

The advantage of the abdominal ligation with respect to the supine position is that both the breast and the lymph nodes can be irradiated and this with a higher precision and better dose distribution. The vital organs such as heart, lungs and thyroid gland are better spared. This position also allows a more refined positioning by means of a new laser positioning system. As a result, the patient position can be better reproduced and better medical results obtained.

The students received 10,000 euros to further develop the project. The amount will be spent on the production of more advanced prototypes, the training of nurses and further clinical studies.

Industrial Research Fund (IOF)

The project already received IOF funding in 2015 for the development of various prototypes. This allowed one to perform about 10 prototype iterations in order to develop a medically effective and comfortable device.
At present, 4 Breastboards are already being used at the UZGent and a study is being carried out with 380 patients divided over three centers.