dr. ir. W.J. (Woutjan) Branderhorst

dr. ir. W.J. (Woutjan) Branderhorst

Assistant Professor
dr. ir. W.J. (Woutjan) Branderhorst
  • Precision Imaging Group



Woutjan Branderhorst obtained a MSc degree in Computer Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He performed his graduation project in the Biomedical Engineering department, where he worked on machine learning techniques for automatic MRI-based atherosclerotic plaque classification. In 2011 he finished his PhD thesis "Focused multi-pinhole SPECT" at the University Medical Center Utrecht (Image Sciences Institute), under supervision of prof. Freek Beekman and prof. Max Viergever. He then continued to work as a post-doctoral fellow at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, where he worked with prof. Kees Grimbergen and prof. Ard den Heeten on the development and validation of pressure-guided mammography. Part of this work was performed as a visiting researcher at Volpara Solutions (New Zealand).

In May 2018, he returned to the UMC Utrecht to work in the group of prof. Hugo de Jong, applying his experience as a researcher and medical device developer to set up and contribute to the development of a simultaneous PET/MRI scanner in the University Medical Centre Utrecht. Since August 2023, he also works as a researcher and project manager under supervision of prof. Dennis Klomp and dr. Jeanine Prompers in the MAESTRO project. This project entails the development of acceleration and motion correction methods for metabolic MRI and employing the META-scan system to assess early therapy response in multiple different patient populations.

Woutjan's current research interests are acceleration and motion correction techniques for magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI), the development and application of simultaneous PET/MRSI, and the application of machine learning techniques in radiology and nuclear medicine.

Research Output (17)

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.

Evaluation of the radiofrequency performance of a wide-bore 1.5 T positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging body coil for radiotherapy planning

Branderhorst Woutjan, Steensma Bart R., Beijst Casper, Huijing Erik R., Alborahal Cezar, Versteeg Edwin, Weissler Bjoern, Schug David, Gebhardt Pierre, Gross-Weege Nicolas, Mueller Florian, Krueger Karl, Dey Thomas, Radermacher Harald, Lips Oliver, Lagendijk Jan, Schulz Volkmar, de Jong Hugo W.A.M., Klomp Dennis W.J. Apr 2021, In: Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology. 17 , p. 13-19 7 p.

Accelerated SPECT image reconstruction with FBP and an image enhancement convolutional neural network

Dietze Martijn M A, Branderhorst Woutjan, Kunnen Britt, Viergever Max A, de Jong Hugo W A M 1 Dec 2019, In: EJNMMI physics. 6

Technical Note:Validation of two methods to determine contact area between breast and compression paddle in mammography

Branderhorst Woutjan, de Groot Jerry E, van Lier Monique G J T B, Highnam Ralph P, den Heeten Gerard J, Grimbergen Cornelis A Aug 2017, In: Medical Physics. 44 , p. 4040-4044 5 p.

Pressure-standardised mammography does not affect visibility, contrast and sharpness of stable lesions

de Groot J E, Hopman I G M, van Lier M G J T B, Branderhorst W, Grimbergen C A, den Heeten G J Jan 2017, In: European Journal of Radiology. 86 , p. 289-295 7 p.

Force balancing in mammographic compression

Branderhorst W, de Groot J E, Neeter L M F H, van Lier M G J T B, Neeleman C, den Heeten G J, Grimbergen C A Jan 2016, In: Medical Physics. 43 , p. 518

Mammographic compression--a need for mechanical standardization

Branderhorst Woutjan, de Groot Jerry E, Highnam Ralph, Chan Ariane, Böhm-Vélez Marcela, Broeders Mireille J M, den Heeten Gerard J, Grimbergen Cornelis A Apr 2015, In: European Journal of Radiology. 84 , p. 596-602 7 p.

Towards personalized compression in mammography:a comparison study between pressure- and force-standardization

de Groot Jerry E, Branderhorst Woutjan, Grimbergen Cornelis A, den Heeten Gerard J, Broeders Mireille J M Mar 2015, In: European Journal of Radiology. 84 , p. 384-391 8 p.

Mammographic compression after breast conserving therapy: controlling pressure instead of force

de Groot J E, Broeders M J M, Branderhorst W, den Heeten G J, Grimbergen C A Feb 2014, In: Medical Physics. 41 , p. 023501

Three-dimensional histologic validation of high-resolution SPECT of antibody distributions within xenografts

Branderhorst W.J., Blezer E.L.A., Houtkamp M., Ramakers R.M., van den Brakel J.H., Witteveen H., van der Have F., Gratama van Andel H.A., Vastenhouw B., Wu C., Walsum M.S., van Dongen G.A., Viergever M.A., Bleeker W.K., Beekman F.J. 2014, In: Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 55 , p. 830-837 8 p.

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