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New scanning method reduces the risk of reoperation

Ten minutes. That is how quickly surgeons will in future be able to assess whether the entire tumour and the affected tissue around it has been removed during surgery on cancer patients. Associate Professor Jasper Albertus Nijkamp from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital receives almost DKK two million to explore the potential of the spectral microCT scanning method.

It is often difficult and time-consuming for surgeons to assess whether all of the affected tissue is gone after operating on a cancer patient. In the worst-case scenario, this means that the patients need to be operated on again.

In a new research project, Jasper Albertus Nijkamp examines the possibilities of the new scanning method which surgeons can use already during the actual operation. Here, the whole spectrum of X-rays is measured instead of only the total dose, and this makes it possible to create colour CT images instead of grey scale images. The colour information makes it easier to distinguish between cancerous tissues and normal tissue.

Jasper Albertus Nijkamp has a background in medical physics and informatics, and his research builds a bridge between oncology, surgery and pathology. The Danish Cancer Society is supporting the project with DKK 1,915,000 from this year’s Beat Cancer campaign under the category ”Talented young cancer researchers”.


Associate Professor & PhD Jasper Albertus Nijkamp
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine and
Aarhus University Hospital, The National Centre for Particle Radiotherapy
Mobile: (+45) 71 94 92 29
Email: jaspernijkamp@clin.au.dk