mr. W. van den Hettinga

mr. W. van den Hettinga

Full Professor
mr. W. van den Hettinga
  • Computational Imaging

Research Programs

Strategic Program Cancer



Professor Nico van den Berg is the head of the Computational Imaging group for MRI diagnostics and therapy of the Centre of Image Sciences at the UMC Utrecht. The Computational Imaging group covers all aspects of the MRI workflow for diagnostics and therapy, from first principles modelling and hardware engineering to translating new MRI methods into clinic. For this purpose we draw on expertise and advances from the fields of (MR) physics, mathematics, computing and artificial intelligence.

One important research line is the exploration of next generation techniques to make MRI exams much shorter, reduce patient discomfort and therefore also increase robustness and diagnostic quality. An example of this is the MR-STAT technique developed within the group that can deliver quantitative MRI information based on raw time-domain signals in a fraction of scan time.
Moreover, within my group we have a large research activity on the use of MRI for radiation therapy. This includes 3D motion tracking of moving targets in  MR guided radiation delivery, MRI-only radiation planning and deep learning image processing applications for radiation therapy.

We pay considerable attention to translate our work to actual (clinical) usage in radiotherapy and radiology/ Currently, the group consists of three senior staff members, one computer scientist, four post-docs and eight PhD students.

Prof. Van den Berg does not hold any positions outside the UMC Utrecht.


Side Activities

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Research Output (220)

Uncertainty Assessment for Deep Learning Radiotherapy Applications

van den Berg Cornelis A T, Meliadò Ettore F Oct 2022, In: Seminars in Radiation Oncology. 32 , p. 304-318 15 p.

Acceleration Strategies for MR-STAT: Achieving High-Resolution Reconstructions on a Desktop PC Within 3 Minutes

Liu Hongyan, van der Heide Oscar, Mandija Stefano, van den Berg Cornelis A. T., Sbrizzi Alessandro Oct 2022, In: IEEE transactions on medical imaging. 41 , p. 2681-2692

The future of MRI in radiation therapy:Challenges and opportunities for the MR community

Goodburn Rosie J., Philippens Marielle E.P., Lefebvre Thierry L., Khalifa Aly, Bruijnen Tom, Freedman Joshua N., Waddington David E.J., Younus Eyesha, Aliotta Eric, Meliadò Gabriele, Stanescu Teo, Bano Wajiha, Fatemi-Ardekani Ali, Wetscherek Andreas, Oelfke Uwe, van den Berg Nico, Mason Ralph P., van Houdt Petra J., Balter James M., Gurney-Champion Oliver J. 21 Sep 2022, In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 88 , p. 2592-2608 17 p.

Potential Reduction of Peripheral Local SAR for a Birdcage Body Coil at 3 Tesla Using a Magnetic Shield

van Leeuwen C. C., Steensma B. R., Glybovski S. B., Lunenburg M. F.J., Simovski C., Klomp D. W.J., van den Berg C. A.T., Raaijmakers A. J.E. 8 Oct 2021, In: FRONTIERS IN PHYSICS. 9

Minimizing the need for coil attenuation correction in integrated PET/MRI at 1.5 T using low-density MR-linac receive arrays

Zijlema Stefan Emiel, Branderhorst Woutjan, Bastiaannet Remco, Tijssen Rob H N, Lagendijk Jan J W, Van den Berg Cornelis A T 27 Sep 2021, In: Physics in medicine and biology. 66 , p. 1-12 12 p.

Prognostic importance of lymph node count and ratio in rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy:Results from a cross-sectional study

Detering Robin, Meyer Vincent M., Borstlap Wernard A.A., Beets-Tan Regina G.H., Marijnen Corrie A.M., Hompes Roel, Tanis Pieter J., van Westreenen Henderik L., Aalbers A. G.J., Acherman Y., Algie G. D., Alting von Geusau B., Amelung F., Aukema T. S., Bakker I. S., Bartels S. A., Basha S., Bastiaansen A. J.N.M., Belgers E., Bleeker W., Blok J., Bosker R. J.I., Bosmans J. W., Boute M. C., Bouvy N. D., Bouwman H., Brandt-Kerkhof A., Brinkman D. J., Bruin S., Bruns E. R.J., Burbach J. P.M., Burger J. W.A., Buskens C. J., Clermonts S., de Graaf E. J.R., Dekker J. W.T., Van Grevenstein W. M.U., Heemskerk J., Janssen P., Kool M. E., Kuiper J. T., Lange J. F., Schouten N., Smakman N., Steller E., Stortelder E., van de Ven A. W.H., van den Berg C., van Kessel C., Wouters M. W., 1 Sep 2021, In: Journal of Surgical Oncology. 124 , p. 367-377 11 p.

The (un)expected benefits of coaxial antennas for MRI

Steensma Bart , Zijlema Stefan, Raaijmakers Alexander , Van Leeuwen Carel, Van Den Berg Nico 9 Aug 2021, p. 344-348 5 p.

Visualization of Metasurface Eigenmodes with Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Slobozhanyuk Alexey P., Shchelokova Alena V., Kozachenko Alexander V., Melchakova Irina V., Raaijmakers Alexander J.E., Van Den Berg Cornelis A.T., Belov Pavel A., Webb Andrew G. 5 Aug 2021, In: Physical Review Applied. 16 6 p.

SAR and temperature distributions in a database of realistic human models for 7 T cardiac imaging

Steensma Bart R., Meliado Ettore F., Luijten Peter, Klomp Dennis W. J., van den Berg Cornelis A. T., Raaijmakers Alexander J. E. Jul 2021, In: NMR in Biomedicine. 34 , p. 1-14

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