June 12, 2020: June 12, During the Euroson 2020 webinar, Thomas van den Heuvel won the Young Investigator Award from the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology with his abstract entitled: “Introducing prenatal ultrasound screening in research-limited settings using artificial intelligence”.
June 2, 2020: Mikhail Mikerov started working as a PhD student at the AXTI group, focusing on image reconstruction and motion correction in 4D breast CT imaging.
June 2, 2020: Juan José Pautasso started working as a PhD student at the AXTI group, focusing on image simulation and analysis in 4D breast CT imaging.
March 18, 2020: Midas Meijs has succesfully defended his PhD thesis with the title 'Automated Image Analysis and Machine Learning to Detect Cerebral Vascular Pathology in 4D-CTA'.
February 17, 2020: Sjoerd Tunissen started working as a PhD student at the AXTI group, focusing on image processing of 4D perfusion CT images.
January 6, 2020: Marco Caballo was selected and invited at the 10th Siemens Breast Care Day, held at the European Congress of Radiology 2020 (Vienna, Austria), to give the talk “Radiomics for Automated Breast Cancer Diagnosis: The Truce between Machine Learning and Deep Learning”
December 16, 2019: Dagmar Grob has succesfully defended her PhD thesis with the title ' Functional CT Imaging of the Lung: Subtraction CT as a novel technique'
November 22, 2019: Ioannis Sechopoulos was awarded with the grant application called aiREAD " – Accurate and Intelligent Reading for EArlier breast cancer Detection”
November 21, 2019: Gert_Weijers has succesfully defended his PhD thesis with the title ' Staging liver fat by quantitative ultrasound'.
November 5, 2019: Geert Litjens won an Early Career Award from the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW). The award is intended as an encouragement and financial support for PhD graduates with innovative ideas to spent on their own research careers.
October 29, 2019: Gijs Hendriks has succesfully defended his PhD thesis with the title ' 3D breast ultrasound elastography'. He developed and validated 3D ultrasound elastography to improve breast cancer detection. His work was covered by Dutch national media: RTL Nieuws and local media: Omroep Venlo" .
March 18, 2019: Domenico Pangallo joined the AXTI group for his MSc thesis about quantitative image analysis of breast cancer in dedicated breast CT imaging, under the supervision of Marco Caballo.
March 10, 2019: Twan Cuijpers joined the AXTI group for his MSc internship. He will work with Joana Boita in a project from LRCB (Dutch Expert Centre for Screening) that intends to create a visualization tool for teaching in mammography.
January 24, 2019: Ioannis Sechopoulos was named Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine ( AAPM) due to his distinguished contributions to medical physics and the esteem in which he is held by his peers
January 18, 2019: Roel Verhoeven won the 'Best clinical poster award' at the Imaging the Biomechanics of Life (TOPIM) conference in Les Houches, France as hosted by the European Society for Molecular Imaging. Apart from a great sweater as a rememberance to this award, he more importantly got the opportunity to again present his work as an oral presentation for the main audience!
December 5, 2018: The work by Marco Caballo and Ioannis Sechopoulos about using machine learning to generate super-resolution digital breast phantoms for accurate simulations of new imaging systems, published in Physics in Medicine and Biology, was covered in Physics World and in Aunt Minnie
November 27, 2018: Francesco Ciompi and Jeroen van der Laak have been awarded an ICT12 Horizon 2020 grant as part of a consortium of European partners. The goal of this 4-year project, EXA MODE, is to build tools based on artificial intelligence to aid pathologists in routine diagnostics via automatic analysis of digital pathology whole-slide images of cancer specimens across multiple organs.
November 23, 2018: Dagmar Grob was awarded for the best 4-slide short talk at the PhD retreat of Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (22 - 23 November 2018)
November 8, 2018: The consortium led by Chris de Korte was awarded an NWO Perspectief grant for ultra-X-treme: ultrafast ultrasound imaging for extended diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease. Five academic partners (Radboudumc, ErasmusMC, University of Twente, University of Technology Delft, and Eindhoven University of Technology) together with 8 industrial partners (Philips, Tomtec, Vermon, Mindray, Bracco, Ansys, Pie Medical Imaging and Verasonics) and two hospitals (Catherina ziekenhuis Eindhoven, Rijnstate) will join forces to make vascular interventions really patient specific.
November 5, 2018: Marta Pinto started working as a PhD student at the AXTI group, focusing on image processing algorithms for image quality improvement in digital breast tomosynthesis.
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 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"
September 3, 2018: Michelle Foko joined the AXTI group for her BSc internship. She is involved in the work of Christian Fedon in optimization of a software for simulation of breast compression using 3D surface scan camera.
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.
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".
March 1, 2018: Dagmar Grob was awarded for the Best Paper Presentation in the chest session of the “MyThesis in 3 Minutes” at the ECR 2018. Presentation was about the quantitative comparison of dual-energy CT and subtraction CT in pulmonary embolism-induced perfusion defects on iodine maps.
December 5, 2017: Erik Aarntzen has, in collaboration with prof.dr. Michel van den Heuvel (Respiratory Diseases) and prof.dr. Jolanda de Vries (Tumor Immunology), been awarded a 418K grant for a project aiming to demonstrate increase of tumor-infiltrating CD8+ T cells in non-small cell lung cancer during treatment with durvalumab and validate imaging results with quantitative pathological image analysis.
December 1, 2017: During the annual meeting of the Dutch Physiology Association, Dr. Martijn Maessen received the prestigious Hamburger Award for best Thesis 2017. To read his thesis entitled “Cardiovascular benefits of lifelong exercise” click this link. Martijn was the first PhD student co-promoted by Dr. Rik Hansen from MUSIC (Dr. H.H.G. Hansen). The other members of the promotion team were prof. M.T.E. Hopman (promotor), prof. D.H.J. Thijssen (promotor) and Dr. T.M.H. Eijsvogels (co-promotor).
November 30, 2017: Anton Schreuder received the RSNA Trainee Research Prize for his research project "Use of a Risk Model Combining Clinical Information and CT Findings to Customize Follow-Up Intervals in Lung Cancer Screening" in the Chest category.
November 27, 2017: On November 10 and 11, Leon de Jong and Anton Nikolaev performed research on the InScience festival on behalf of the MURAB project. Visitors of the festival were able to actively participate in research in the Mariënburg chapel, which was part of the festivals DIY labs. The aim is to develop and validate new methods for 3D ultrasound acquisitions. Later on, this will enable accurate image fusion of MRI and US datasets, which is required in the MURAB project. The MURAB project focusses on improving accuracy and efficiency in the diagnostic workup of breast cancer and muscle disease patients. The cooperating students; Vera Poort, Harm Weekenstroo, Pim van Lochem and Anne ten Dam are hereby thanked for their help at the festival. The setup was well visited and a total number of 22 volunteers were scanned. For researchers as well as festival visitors, this event was very informative and fun and is definitely worth repeating.
November 24, 2017: During the PhD retreat organized by the RIHS, Thomas van den Heuvel won the award for best oral presentation with his presentation on ‘automated detection of maternal risk factors in developing countries’, while Wouter Bulten won the awards for the best 4-slide short talk.
November 23, 2017: Linda Heskamp has received a poster award for her presentation during the Neuromuscular Disease congress in Berlin about their MRI muscle work in patients with the muscle disease facioscapulohumeral dystrophy and Myotonic Dystrophy
November 9, 2017: ing. Gert Weijers has received an NWO Open Mind grant for his research proposal together with Freke Wilmink (a Gynaecologist at Radboudumc) entitled: What do the lungs of unborn children sound like? at NWO’s innovation festival TEKNOWLOGY, 9 November 2017.
October 31, 2017: Sandra Heskamp has received the 2017 European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) Eckert & Ziegler Abstract Award for the following abstract: Monitoring tumor PD-L1 expression with microSPECT/CT during radiotherapy Sandra Heskamp, Janneke D.M. Molkenboer-Kuenen, Gerwin W. Sandker, Peter J. Wierstra, Johan Bussink, Otto C. Boerman.The annual congress of the EANM has more than 2000 submitted abstracts and the top 5 are selected to receive the EANM Eckert & Ziegler Abstract award.
October 19, 2017: Arend Heerschap has been nominated as Honorary Member of the ESMRMB. This honour has only been awarded 13 times in the 34 years of the existence of the ESMRMB.
September 24, 2017: Dr. Rik Hansen was awarded the ‘best published paper’-award by the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology for the Stroke publication entitled ‘Validation of noninvasive in vivo compound ultrasound strain imaging using histologic plaque vulnerability features’. September 24, 2017: At the 29th Euroson congress, 2017 Ljubljana (Slovenia).
September 13, 2017: Marco Caballo got the first place in the poster competition organized at the Summer school "Advanced methods in biomedical image analysis" (Brno, Czech Republic) with his work entitled "An automatic segmentation algorithm for tissue classification of dedicated breast CT images".
August 31, 2017: Geert Litjens has been awarded a VENI grant to work on a deep learning-based automated tissue analysis method for better prostate cancer prognosis assessment.
May 12, 2017: Daphne Lobeek received the Young Investigators Award for best presentation ("PET/CT imaging of angiogenesis in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients") at the Young Investigators Day of the Dutch Task Force for Head and Neck Tumors (NWHHT).
April 4, 2017: At the European Congress of Radiology 2017, Vienna, Alejandro Rodríguez-Ruiz was awarded the Best Scientific Paper Presentation award within the topic Breast for his talk "One-view Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Do we need more?"
March 17, 2017: Rashindra Manniesing received a grant from ERA-NET NEURON (940 kE) together with Anne Vik (Norway), David Menon (UK) and Paul Parizel (Belgium) to work on a new axonal injury classification system in neurotrauma imaging. In Nijmegen there will be one research position available to work on the development of deep learning algorithms.
March 13, 2017: Prof. Chris de Korte is awarded an NWO-TTW grant on “Functional Imaging of the pelvic floor using ultrasound”. The project is a collaboration with prof. Huub van der Vaart (UMC Utrecht), Prof. Cees Slump (University of Twente), Philips Ultrasound, and TomTec
March 7, 2017: The work by Midas Meijs on a new technique for visualizing vascular flow disturbances in the brain which was presented at the ECR 2017 was mentioned in Aunt Minnie .
March 6, 2017: Joris Bukala started as a new PhD student at DIAG.
March 6, 2017: Marco Caballo started working as a PhD student at the AXTI group, focusing on novel image computing algorithms for breast CT images.
March 6, 2017: Valentin Kotov started his master thesis research at the DIAG group.
February 16, 2017: The demonstration of the 'Multimodal Workstation for Analysis of Retinal Images' by Bart Liefers was selected as the winner of the live demonstration workshop at SPIE Medical Imaging 2017.
February 10, 2017: Mijke Buitinga received a grant of 323.470,- euro from an translational call from ZonMW in combination with the Diabetes fund. Other people involved are Maarten Brom Martin Gotthardt and H. Fernandes, L. Ferreira (Center for Neuoscience and Cell Biology (CNC), University of Coimbra, Portugal. Aim of the project is to determine the specificity of 111 In-exendin during the course of T2D and to examine the effect of glycemic control on the correlation between pancreatic 111 In-exendin uptake, beta-cell mass and GLP-1R expression in humans.
February 3, 2017: Our departments' Preclinical MRI scanners were featured on Dutch national television as part of a program on autism research. You can watch the full program here.
January 27, 2017: Anne Saris wins the 3rd best oral presentation award at the biomedical Engineering Conference 2017 in Egmond aan Zee
January 25, 2017: Lecture of Professor Tone Frost Bathen, Head "MR Cancer Group"at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universite, NTNU). Professor Bathen is part of the committee for the PhD thesis defense of Isabell Steinseifer. Before the defense, Professor Bathen will give a lecture at our department. Our department has an active collaboration with her group, and she and her team have been using ProCad for quite some time. The title of the lecture is A brief summary of prostate cancer PET/MR research at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. Time January 25th, Wednesday from 11.00-12.00 hr at the St. Annakamer route 766.
January 19, 2017: MUSIC hosts for the first time the “International Course on Ultrasound Imaging and Quality Assurance” in Nijmegen, The Netherlands
January 11, 2017: Mark Rijpkema received a research grant from KWF. Projectleaders are Mark Rijpkema, Otto Boerman, Hans de Wilt. Title of project is Fluorescence image-guided surgery in patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis of colorectal origin.
Aim of the project: The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of intraoperative fluorescence imaging in patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis of colorectal origin undergoing cytoreductive surgery. The amount he received is € 567.865 for 4 years.
January 10, 2017: Sandra Heskamp received a grant of 656.250,- euro towards personalized use of immune checkpoint inhibitors by imaging of the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway. Immune checkpoints inhibitors activate the patient’s own immune system to kill tumors cells. These agents have shown impressive and durable anti-tumor responses. Unfortunately, only a subgroup of patients benefits from immune checkpoint inhibitors. In this KWF proposal, we will develop non-invasive imaging techniques using radiolabeled high-affinity targeting molecules to monitor the expression of immune checkpoints during conventional and experimental anti-cancer therapies. Based on these results, we will design treatment combination strategies to increase the therapeutic efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors.
January 10, 2017: Otto Boerman, Sandra Heskamp and Jan van Hest of the Department of Bio-organic Chemistry, Radboud University received a grant of 584.055,- euro for Bimodal PSMA ligands for intra-operative tumor detection and photodynamic therapy of prostate cancer. One of the main challenges in the management of prostate cancer is the high rate of disease recurrence after radical prostatectomy, due to incomplete resection of lymph node metastases or positive resection margins. In this KWF project, they will develop bimodal PSMA ligands which specifically target prostate cancer cells. These ligands will be labelled with a radionuclide and fluorophore which allows intra-operative radionuclide detection and near-infrared fluorescence imaging of prostate cancer lesions. Furthermore, they will explore the potential of photodynamic therapy to specifically irradiate small prostate cancer lesions.
December 23, 2016: Koen Michielsen started working as a post-doctoral researcher at the AXTI group, focusing on 3D reconstruction of breast CT and digital breast tomosynthesis.
December 9, 2016: Dr. James G. Nagy is visiting the Radboudumc and will give a special lecture in December 9th entitled: 'Object Motion and Image Reconstruction'.
November 29, 2016: Christian Fedon started working as a post-doctoral researcher at the AXTI group, with the aim to develop a new personalized and global breast dosimetry model.
November 22, 2016: The AXTI group has a new vacancy for a PhD student to expand the impact of tomographic imaging in breast cancer: analysis and new applications of 3D surface and dedicated CT images of the breast. Please apply before December 12th. More information...
November 7, 2016: The image submitted by the 4DCT group was voted one of the top 25 images and won 'Best Medical Image' in the RSNA Image Contest 2016.
November 1, 2016: Dr. Rik Hansen publishes the inpatient results of compound strain imaging in the carotid artery in Stroke and in JACC Cardiovascular Imaging. Furthermore, the main result decorate the cover of the latter journal.
October 19, 2016: Joana Boita joined the AXTI group as a PhD student to work on developing, optimizing and validating a VGA test of mammographic image quality to predict clinical performance.
October 11, 2016: Namens het Radboudumc Expertisecentrum voor Hemangiomen en Congenitale Vaatmalformaties Nijmegen (HECOVAN) hebben Dr. DMWM te Loo en Prof.Dr. LJ Schultze Kool een grote subsidie gekregen om het effect van Sirolimus te gaan onderzoeken bij patiënten met een aangeboren vaatmalformatie. Het onderzoek wordt gefinancierd door ZonMw en door Pfizer. Van ZonMw hebben we 385.000 euro gekregen, van Pfizer 900.000 euro die dit middels verstrekking van medicatie gaat geven: totaal dus 1.285.000 euro. Deze studie is een nationale, multicenter studie, waarbij alle patiënten in Nederland met een aangeboren vaatmalformatie, waarvoor nu geen andere behandelopties zijn, in aanmerking komen voor een behandeling met Sirolimus. Primaire doel van deze behandeling met Sirolimus is pijnvermindering en verbetering van kwaliteit van Leven.
October 4, 2016: Dr. Michael McNitt-Gray is visiting the Radboudumc and will give a special lecture in October 4th entitled: ‘Quantitative Imaging and Radiomics in CT: The Effects of Acquisition and Reconstruction Parameters’
September 28, 2016: Stefanie Willekens has obtained her PhD for her thesis Exploring receptor targeting as a tool for preclinical in vivo imaging of the Islets of Langerhans
September 26, 2016: On the 23rd and 24th of September, the annual scientific meeting of the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) took place in Paris.Winner of the EUSOBI 2016 Best scientific poster award was Jan van Zelst. 40 Scientific abstracts were accepted for poster presentation. The authors of the 6 highest rated abstracts competed for the award, and presented their poster to the jury.Among the six selected abstracts two where from our department. Jan van Zelst impressed the jury with his study “Breast cancer screening with a high spatiotemporal MRI sequence in women at increased risk is as accurate as screening with a standard diagnostic MRI protocol” and was unanimously appointed as winner of the scientific competition.
September 26, 2016: On the 23rd and 24th of September, the annual scientific meeting of the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) took place in Paris. Gijs Hendriks received the Certificate of Merit . 40 Scientific abstracts were accepted for poster presentation. The authors of the 6 highest rated abstracts competed for the award, and presented their poster to the jury. Among the six selected abstracts two where from our department. Gijs Hendriks presented “Implementing 3-D ultrasound elastography in an automated breast volume scanner to improve specificity for breast cancer detection”, and received a certificate of merit for his excellent presentation.
July 4, 2016: On June 24, the symposium “Echography: New Recipe, now even better!” was organized by MUSIC to celebrate the inaugural lecture of Prof. Chris de Korte. At the Symposium the latest developments in Ultrasound imaging were presented by an international faculty. At the exhibition, the delegates had the opportunity to see these technologies implemented in commercial echosystems.
July 4, 2016: Chris L. de Korte gave his inaugural lecture on June 25, 2016 for an audience of 350 people. The title of the lecture was “Echo, the sound of the future” and in this lecture he discussed how we can do more with echo, how we can make it faster, how we can use higher frequencies and that we can do this all while also making it cheaper.
July 1, 2016: During the first half of 2016, AXTI was present at several international conferences and courses held in Vienna, Leuven, Varna, Malmö and Washington DC. Find out more...
June 2, 2016: Geert Litjens wins prestigious Bas Mulder award for cancer research, an award given by the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) and Alpe d'HuZes.
June 1, 2016: June 1, 2016: Chris L. de Korte has been appointed full professor “Medical Ultrasound Imaging” at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. During one day a week he will work on the translation of basic ultrasound techniques to clinical application. This chair is based at the Physics of Fluids Group and will work in close collaboration with Prof. dr. Michel Versluis.
May 23, 2016: The AXTI group has a new vacancy for a PhD student to work on the image quality improvement and performance assessment of dedicated breast CT. Please apply before June 3rd. More information...
April 1, 2016: Chuan Cheng started as PhD-student on the project "Ultra-fast 3D elastograpy"
April 1, 2016: The Ultrasound Biomicroscanning Meeting 2016 (UBM2016) will be organized by Chris L. de Korte at Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean.
February 10, 2016: Linda Heskamp has won the “First prize for Oral presentation” at the 8th yearly meeting of the ISMRM Benelux in Eindhoven, January 22, 2016 .The title of her presentation was “Quantitative MR evaluation of fatty infiltration and edema-like processes in skeletal muscles of Myotonic Dystrophy type 1”. The ISMRM Benelux is the most important platform of MR researchers in the Benelux. The meeting this year attracted more than 300 participants from Belgium and the Netherlands. www.ismrm-benelux.org/
July 21, 2015: A Horizon2020 grant was awarded for the project “MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsies (MURAB)”. The goal of this project is to guide robotic biopsies by fusion of MRI and ultrasound data in combination with real-time tissue displacement imaging. At Radboudumc, we will develop 3D ultrasound based elasticity quantification and real-time ultrasound guidance of the needles. The project is a collaboration with Siemens NL, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Twente University, Ziekenhuisgroep Twente, Medical University of Vienna, and University of Verona. For more information see: http://www.murabproject.eu
April 1, 2015: Prof. Johan M Thijssen was honored with a royal decoration. He received the Officer's Cross in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his work on Medical Ultrasound Imaging and for his extensive social activities.
March 16, 2015: Thomas van den Heuvel started as a PhD student on the BabyViewer project. This project is a joint venture of MUSIC and DIAG.
March 12, 2015: Bob Hamans has obtained his PhD degree for his thesis Magnetic Resonance for non-invasive evaluation of preclinical models of human brain tumors.
December 5, 2014: New Quality Assurance for UltraSound (QA4US II) software update available online for download. New: Trend reporting functionality download QA4US_II (v2.20b).
October 27, 2014: For the October 2014 'Battle of the Universities', Rik Hansen from Radiology and Jitske Jansen from Pharmacology and Toxicology worked on a kidney case. Their presentation on improvement of vascular access for dialysis was considered the best solution and they won the battle!
June 1, 2014: Aisha van den Abeelen started in June 2014 as a researcher on a study into the use of 3D ultrasound for breast cancer diagnosis.
April 1, 2014: Gijs Hendriks started as PhD student on the project entitled: “3D ultrasound elastography for detection of tumours in breast”.
February 25, 2013: Roland Brock and Peter Friedl, together with a group of researchers from the RIMLS and Paul Wiseman, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, received a 448,000 Euro instrument grant (NWO middelgroot) for a new state-of-the-art confocal microscope.
December 21, 2012: Nico Karssemeijer, Gerard den Heeten (LRCB) and Mireille Broeders received a grant from the Dutch Cancer Foundation for a project entitled Towards an independent automated reader of screening mammograms.
December 10, 2012: Peter Friedl was awarded an ERC Consolidator grant for his project DEEPINSIGHT to develop and apply multiphoton microendoscopy in tumors.