The research focus of the Magnetic Detection and Imaging group (MD&I) is on developing of novel magnetic methods to study magnetic interactions with human beings and bio-materials. Its research is multidisciplinary, operating at the interface of physics and medicine. MD&I has a background in applied physics but made a transition to medical applications. Each year, approximately 5 PhD’s and 10 MSc students work with the group, coming from different educational lines: Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine.
Magnetic detection development is partially based on the cryogenic tradition, presently visible in a running project on the application of micro-cooling devices for sensitive detection. An important research goal is to translate complex detection technology to simpler magnetic detection techniques that can be used in a regular hospital setting. The group co-organized the world’s first clinical trial on magnetic detection of Sentinel Lymph nodes in breast cancer, in collaboration with surgery departments of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, MST hospital in Enschede and five hospitals in the UK. Another focus of the group is low field MR imaging which is currently being investigated using a 0.25T MRI scanner. Its open design and the ability to rotate the subject makes this scanner unique for several interesting research topics in MR.