Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Radiology and Nuclear Medicine are two disciplines within the field op medicine. These two supporting units are based on medical imaging. Withing M3I we have different research fields related to Medical Imaging. A few of them are reported here:

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) imaging

Many woman, postmenopausal and with a history of vaginal delivery, suffer from pelvic organ prolapse. Therapeutic options are found in diapragm (ring), pelvic floor physiotherapy and different types of surgery. However diagnosis of the extent of prolapse is estimated with the patient in supine position, while women experience the most complaint in standing position (gravity). Research using the low-field MR tilting system gives better insight in the extent of prolapse in different positions, enables us to determine the effect of surgery and might help in reducing the current high rate of recurrence. 

Multimodal myocardial perfusion imaging.

This research focuses on the role of phantom modeling in validating dynamic MPI, which encompasses the development of a novel dynamic myocardial perfusion phantom. In this way, we can execute ‘ground truth’ flow measurements in a controlled environment. Future applications of this next generation phantom are extensive: from facilitation in the validation process of quantification software packages, to realization of inter- and intramodal comparison of dynamic MPI applications and imaging protocol optimization in novel CT perfusion approaches.

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First-time-right

Reduction of incorrect X-ray photo's of joints. Aiming at the exact correct angle seems to be rather difficult. The current golden standard is the best estimation by eye. This research will help in dose and time reduction.

CT in Emergency Medicine

  • CT in children - brain protocol, how to get the lowest dose?
  • CT in young women - suspision of lung emboli, how to eliminate a re-do?
  • CT in emergency medicine - was it really necessary?

Menieres Disease

  • 3T MRI or 1.5T MRI
  • Contrast or not?

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RFA of the thyroid

  • 4D view during the intervention