dr. ing. X.Y. Heul

dr. ing. X.Y. Heul

Full Professor
dr. ing. X.Y. Heul
  • Researchgr. Hart-brein as.

Research Programs



Prof. dr. Birgitta Velthuis (1964) completed her medical and radiology training in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD degree: “CT angiography in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage” in 1998 in Utrecht. Since 1999 she works as a radiologist in the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) and is specialized in cardiovascular and neurovascular non-invasive CT and MRI imaging. She is Professor in Radiology of the Heart-Brain axis at the University of Utrecht, and serves on the board of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR), the Netherlands Vascular Forum (NVF) and the cluster Cardiovascular Risk Management (CVRM). Her work is divided between patient care, teaching and research. 
Her neurovascular research concentrates on CT and MRI imaging in patients with ischemic stroke, intracerebral haemorrhage, and subarachnoid haemorrhage. Her cardiovascular research focuses on imaging of cardiomyopathies, heart failure, gender and sports cardiology. Artificial intelligence and high field strength MRI have also become important parts of her research work
The heart-brain axis work focuses especially on imaging cardioembolic sources of acute ischemic stroke, atherosclerosis at different locations along the heart-brain axis and factors related to stress cardiomyopathy.

Side Activities

Board member of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR).

Board member of the Netherlands Vascular Forum (NVF).

Board member of the cluster Cardiovascular Risk Management (CVRM). 

Occasional advisory role and presentator for Philips Healthcare.


Incidentele presentaties (vergoed aan organisatie dan wel zonder bezoldiging), waaronder als meest recente:

Sanofi Genzyme Landelijke Bijeenkomst Sportcardiologie, januari 2020 (vergoed aan organisatie)

Netherlands Heart Days, januari 2020

SWC, februari en september 2020 en in 2021 (vergoed aan organisatie)

ESCR, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 (geen bezoldiging) 

The fil rouge of atherosclerosis, 2021 (geen bezoldiging)

CVOI hartfalen, 2022 (vergoed aan organisatie)

presentaties en workshop voor Philips Multidetector CT User Meeting, juni 2022, Keulen (vergoed aan organisatie)

ECMINT Oxford, juni 2022 (vergoeding niet aangevraagd)

EANM Multidisciplinary Days online (geen bezoldiging)


Research Output (271)

Assessment of manual and automated intracranial artery diameter measurements

Vos Iris, Ruigrok Ynte, Velthuis Birgitta, Kuijf Hugo 21 Mar 2022,

Relationship between 3D Morphologic Change and 2D and 3D Growth of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms

Timmins Kimberley, Kuijf Hugo, Vergouwen Mervyn, Ruigrok Ynte, Velthuis Birgitta, van der Schaaf Irene Mar 2022, In: American Journal of Neuroradiology. 43 , p. 416-421 6 p.

Does the Internal Carotid Artery Attenuate Blood-Flow Pulsatility in Small Vessel Disease?:A 7 T 4D-Flow MRI Study

van Tuijl Rick J, Ruigrok Ynte M, Geurts Lennart J, van der Schaaf Irene C, Biessels Geert Jan, Rinkel Gabriël J E, Velthuis Birgitta K, Zwanenburg Jaco J M 2022, In: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Pulsatility attenuation along the carotid siphon in pseudoxanthoma elasticum

Bartstra J. W., van Tuijl R. J., de Jong P. A., Mali W. P.T.M., van der Schaaf I. C., Ruigrok Y. M., Rinkel G. J.E., Velthuis B. K., Spiering W., Zwanenburg J. J.M. 1 Nov 2021, In: American Journal of Neuroradiology. 42 , p. 2030-2033 4 p.

Balancing speed and accuracy in cardiac magnetic resonance function post-processing:Comparing 2 levels of automation in 3 vendors to manual assessment

Snel Gert J.H., Poort Sharon, Velthuis Birgitta K., van Deursen Vincent M., Nguyen Christopher T., Sosnovik David, Dierckx Rudi A.J.O., Slart Riemer H.J.A., Borra Ronald J.H., Prakken Niek H.J. 24 Sep 2021, In: Diagnostics. 11

High levels of osteoprotegerin are associated with coronary artery calcification in patients suspected of a chronic coronary syndrome

Dekker Mirthe, Waissi Farahnaz, Silvis Max J.M., Bennekom Joelle V., Schoneveld Arjan H., de Winter Robbert J., Isgum Ivana, Lessmann Nikolas, Velthuis Birgitta K., Pasterkamp Gerard, Mosterd Arend, Timmers Leo, de Kleijn Dominique P.V. 23 Sep 2021, In: Scientific Reports. 11 10 p.

Reliability and Agreement of 2D and 3D Measurements on MRAs for Growth Assessment of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms

Timmins Kimberley, Kuijf Hugo, Vergouwen Mervyn, Otten Maarten, Ruigrok Ynte, Velthuis BK, van der Schaaf Irene 1 Sep 2021, In: American Journal of Neuroradiology. 42 , p. 1598-1603 6 p.

Risk stratification in patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy

Hauer Richard N.W., Velthuis Birgitta K. 1 Sep 2021, In: International Journal of Cardiology. 338 , p. 143-144 2 p.

Comparing methods of detecting and segmenting unruptured intracranial aneurysms on TOF-MRAS: The ADAM challenge

Timmins Kimberley, van der Schaaf Irene, Bennink E, Ruigrok Ynte, Velthuis BK, Kuijf Hugo Sep 2021, In: NeuroImage. 238 21 p.

Feature-tracking cardiac magnetic resonance of the right ventricle:Effect of field strength, resolution and imaging sequence

Bourfiss Mimount, Steensma Bart R., te Riele Anneline S.J.M., Leiner Tim, Velthuis Birgitta K., Raaijmakers Alexander J.E. May 2021, In: European Journal of Radiology. 138 2 p.

All research output

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