LUMC is a modern university medical center for research, instruction and patient care. Its unique research practice, ranging from pure fundamental medical research to applied clinical research, places LUMC among the world top. This enables LUMC to offer patient care and instruction that is in line with the latest international insights and standards – and helps it to improve medicine and healthcare both internally and externally. With more than 7000 staff members, the LUMC focuses on top clinical and highly specialized care: the complex medical issues for which there are often not yet any answers. A considerable portion of the research centers on the translation from fundamental research to its use in patient care (from bench to bedside and vice versa. Within the LUMC, the image guided surgery group is a unique collaboration between the surgery, interventional radiology and image processing to bring new technologies and procedures to the surgical theatres.