Radboud Imaging Research

Welcome to the research website of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen.

Our research has a strong focus on early detection and early treatment of common diseases. It covers fundamental research on a molecular level, development of new medical devices and software tools, and translates these results to clinical applications that can be used in daily routine. Our mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice and to help shape the future of healthcare. We use technology to make healthcare more affordable by increasing automation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, thus freeing manpower for those areas in patient care in which the "human touch" is most needed.

The five fundamental science groups cover ultrasound (MUSIC), biomedical MR (BioMR), diagnostic image analysis (DIAG), nuclear medicine (NucMed) and advanced x-ray tomographic imaging (AXTI). Clinical research is mainly focused on prostate, breast, chest and vascular disease.

With the menu on the right you can learn more about our researchers, view or download publications or navigate to any of the research groups within the department.


Camelyon.jpg The Diagnostic Image Analysis Group organized Camelyon16, the first medical image analysis challenge with whole slide digital pathology images in 2016. The competition was a great success, and several of the submitted software solutions outperformed human pathologists in the detection of lymph node metastases. The results of Camelyon16 were published in JAMA and covered by the national Dutch television show Nieuwsuur.

See more in the Highlight Archive.


  • December 7, 2018: Marlene Hekman will defend her PhD thesis on Tumor-targeted imaging of cancer with radiolabeled and fluorescently labeled antibodies. Towards clinical implementation at 10.30.
  • December 7, 2018: Jan Jurre Mordang will defend his PhD thesis with the title Towards an independent observer of screening mammograms:detection of calcifications at 12.30.
  • October 4, 2018: Peter Laverman, Frank Nijssen and Sandra Heskamp are participating in the project “Advancing Nuclear Medicine – Petten Fieldlab”. In this project we will set up a new fieldlab for the development and market introduction of innovative types of radionuclide therapy. This project is a collaboration between NRG, Radboudumc, NKI-AVL, ErasmusMC, VUMC, FutureChemistry, and NucMed BV. Our group will evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of novel PSMA-targeting ligands radiolabeled with the alpha-emitting radionuclide lead-212 for prostate cancer treatment.
  • September 27, 2018: Suzan Vreemann has succesfully defended her thesis 'Breast MRI; evaluation of clinical practice and future perspectives' and obtained her PhD.
  • September 3, 2018: Michelle Foko joined the AXTI group for her BSc internship. She is involved in the optimization of softwares for simulation of breast compression using 3D surface scan camera under the supervision of Christian Fedon.
  • September 3, 2018: Valentin Koch joined the AXTI group for his MSc internship. He will work with Marco Caballo in the project "Image analysis of high-resolution CT cochlea images"
  • August 10, 2018: Christian Fedon has been awarded a travel grant to start a research collaboration with The Catholic University of South Korea. The topic is "Characterization of the breast in the Asian population for dosimetric modeling"
  • July 2, 2018: Mark Rijpkema, has been appointed as Associate Professor of Translational Multimodal Imaging as of July 1th. Mark will work in the field of molecular imaging, with a special focus on intraoperative imaging and image-based surgery using fluorescence imaging.
  • June 28, 2018: Evita Wiegers has obtained her PhD.
  • June 19, 2018: EU ITN has approved the ISPIRE-MED project for 265 kEuro to BIOMR
  • June 12, 2018: Kaman Chung has obtained her PhD for her thesis Malignancy estimation of subsolid nodules.
  • May 31, 2018: Last weekend, Anton Schreuder was presented the ESTI Magna Cum Laude Award for best abstract presentation at the ESTI-ESCR 2018 conference in Geneva. The winning abstract was titled "What is a perifissural nodule? Low inter-observer agreement in NLST data".

For older news, see the News Archive.