Welcome to the Magnetic Detection & Imaging group

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.

Photo of Diffmag sensor prototype

Detection of suspicious lymph nodes with a prototype of the Diffmag sensor

Latest news

Post-doc position for 2 years

For the research program on medical applications for magnetic nanoparticles we are searching for a candidate on a
Post-Doc position for 2 Years.
In the group on Magnetic Detection & Imaging (MD&I), in the faculty of science and technology (TNW) of the University of Twente (https://www.utwente.nl/tnw/nim/). ... read more

Bram Schermers - publication article in ""The Breast" Elsevier

Feasibility of magnetic marker localisation for non-palpable breast cancer
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Objectives: Accurate tumour localisation is essential for breast-conserving surgery of non-palpable tu- mours. Current localisation technologies are associated with disadvantages such as logistical challenges and migration issues (wire guided localisation) or legislative complexities and high administrative burden (radioactive localisation). We present MAgnetic MArker LOCalisation (MaMaLoc), a novel tech- nology that aims to overcome these disadvantages using a magnetic marker and a magnetic detection probe. This feasibility study reports on the first experience with this new technology for breast cancer localisation. ... read more

Miniconferentie Nanogeneeskunde

NanoNextNL, KWF Kankerbestrijding en NWO-domein TTW hebben de handen ineen geslagen om, op uitnodiging van ENATRANS en EPTN, een bijdrage te leveren aan het wereldwijde evenement Nano World Cancer Day 2017.

Tijdens een miniconferentie zullen we een breed publiek bijpraten over het belang en de stand van zaken van nanogeneeskunde in oncologie en het onderzoek naar kanker. Specifieke voorbeelden en toepassingen van nanogeneeskunde in diagnose en/of behandeling van kanker zullen de revue passeren waarbij vooral het belang van nanogeneeskunde voor de patiënt centraal staat. ... read more

Lecture Ironnanoloc project

Bennie ten Haken zal op 14 December een lecture verzorgen over het IronnanoLoc project en de DIFFMAG sensor tijdens de sensorconferentie "Sense of Contact18" die FHI organiseert met de branche Industriële Elektronica en MinacNed voor micronanotechnologie. ... read more