Stijn De Buck

Stijn De Buck is senior research engineer at UZ Leuven (Radiology & Cardiology) where he is responsible for translating fundamental research in medical imaging to clinically usable applications. Passionate about improving health care by technological innovation, he became an expert in medical imaging, medical image analysis, 3D visualization (including augmented, mixed and virtual reality) and 3D printing for medical applications. From 2007-2016, he was a post-doctoral researcher at KU Leuven developing image-guidance solutions for ablation treatment. His research then focused on integrating an augmented reality image guidance solution for cardiac ablation in a clinical setting. The latter enables more accurate, safe and cost-efficient treatment of rhythm disorders and involved merging patient specific 3D anatomy with 2D interventional imaging. In strong collaboration with an industrial partner, he also led a project for image guided therapy using an innovative prostate ablation system which required combining ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. From 1999 to 2007, he completed a PhD on augmented reality solutions for minimally invasive interventions with a focus on cardiac ablation and laparoscopic interventions (KU Leuven, Dept. Electrical Engineering, PSI/MIC). He graduated cum laude in Electrical Engineering in 1999 at KU Leuven.