prof. dr. C.T.W. (Chrit T.W.) Moonen

Full Professor
prof. dr. C.T.W. (Chrit T.W.) Moonen
  • Molecular Imaging



Chrit Moonen did his masters in Molecular Sciences and his Ph.D. in biophysics (Wageningen University). He did part of his studies with Nobel Laureate Wüthrich in Zürich, Switzerland. He went for a postdoctoral period to the University of Oxford (Sir Georg Radda). He then worked at the University of California at Davis as a Visiting Research Scientist before becoming head of the NIH In Vivo NMR Research Center from 1987-1996. He moved back to Europe (Bordeaux, France) in 1996 where he has been director of the laboratory "Molecular and Functional Imaging: from Physiology to Therapy" until 2011.

He is currently full professor at the Division of Imaging at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He coauthored over 250 scientific papers. H-index is 76 (Google Scholar). He was President of the "International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine" (ISMRM, 2006), of the "Society for Molecular Imaging" (2009), and of the European Society of Molecular Imaging (2016). His recent work is in molecular and cellular imaging, MRI guided Focused Ultrasound, and Image Guided Drug Delivery in the Center for Imaging Sciences, Imaging Division.


Side Activities

External member of the Scientific Council, INSERM, France,

Invited speaker, Intramural NIH "Grand Rounds", 2020

Fellowship and Awards

ERC Advanced Grant “Sound Pharma” 2010
European Magnetic Resonance Award 2000
Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine,
Fellow of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology,
Fellow of the World Molecular Imaging Society,

Fry Award, International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound, 2019

Research Output (107)

Combining radiotherapy and focused ultrasound for pain palliation of cancer induced bone pain; a stage I/IIa study according to the IDEAL framework

Bartels Marcia M T J, Verpalen Inez M, Ferrer Cyril J, Slotman Derk J, Phernambucq Erik C J, Verhoeff Joost J C, Eppinga Wietse S C, Braat Manon N G J A, van den Hoed Rolf D, van 't Veer-Ten Kate Miranda, de Boer Erwin, Naber Harry R, Nijholt Ingrid M, Bartels Lambertus W, Bos Clemens, Moonen Chrit T W, Boomsma Martijn F, Verkooijen Helena M mrt 2021, In: Clinical and translational radiation oncology. 27 , p. 57-63 7 p.

Synthesis, characterization, and imaging of radiopaque bismuth beads for image-guided transarterial embolization

Negussie Ayele H, de Ruiter Quirina M B, Britton Hugh, Donahue Danielle R, Boffi Quentin, Kim Young-Seung, Pritchard William F, Moonen Chrit, Storm Gert, Lewis Andrew L, Wood Bradford J 12 jan 2021, In: Scientific Reports. 11

Deep correction of breathing-related artifacts in real-time MR-thermometry

de Senneville B Denis, Coupé P, Ries M, Facq L, Moonen C T W jan 2021, In: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics. 87 , p. 1-10

Exploring label dynamics of velocity-selective arterial spin labeling in the kidney

Bones Isabell K, Franklin Suzanne L, Harteveld Anita A, van Osch Matthias J P, Schmid Sophie, Hendrikse Jeroen, Moonen Chrit, van Stralen Marijn, Bos Clemens 2021, In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 86 , p. 131-142 12 p.

Phase I feasibility study of Magnetic Resonance guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound-induced hyperthermia, Lyso-Thermosensitive Liposomal Doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide in de novo stage IV breast cancer patients:study protocol of the i-GO study

de Maar Josanne S, Suelmann Britt B M, Braat Manon N G J A, van Diest P J, Vaessen H H B, Witkamp Arjen J, Linn S C, Moonen Chrit T W, van der Wall Elsken, Deckers Roel 26 nov 2020, In: BMJ Open. 10

New Developments in Imaging for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Mahieu Rutger, de Maar Josanne S, Nieuwenhuis Eliane R, Deckers Roel, Moonen Chrit, Alic Lejla, Ten Haken Bennie, de Keizer Bart, Bree Remco de 20 okt 2020, In: Cancers. 12 , p. 1-26 26 p.

Influence of labeling parameters and respiratory motion on velocity-selective arterial spin labeling for renal perfusion imaging

Bones Isabell K., Franklin Suzanne L., Harteveld Anita A., van Osch Matthias J.P., Hendrikse Jeroen, Moonen Chrit, van Stralen Marijn, Bos Clemens 1 okt 2020, In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 84 , p. 1919-1932 14 p.

Use of multiparametric MRI to characterize uterine fibroid tissue types

Verpalen Inez M, Anneveldt Kimberley J, Vos Pieter C, Edens Mireille A, Heijman Edwin, Nijholt Ingrid M, Dijkstra Jeroen R, Schutte Joke M, Franx Arie, Bartels Lambertus W, Moonen Chrit T W, Boomsma Martijn F 1 okt 2020, In: Magma - Magnetic Resonance Materials In Physics Biology And Medicine. 33 , p. 689-700 12 p.

Development and clinical evaluation of a 3-step modified manipulation protocol for MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound of uterine fibroids

Verpalen Inez M, van 't Veer-Ten Kate Miranda, de Boer Erwin, van den Hoed Rolf D, Schutte Joke M, Dijkstra Jeroen R, Franx Arie, Bartels Lambertus W, Moonen Chrit T W, Boomsma Martijn F 1 jul 2020, In: European Radiology. 30 , p. 3869-3878 10 p.

A Doxorubicin-Glucuronide Prodrug Released from Nanogels Activated by High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Liberated β-Glucuronidase

Besse Helena C, Chen Yinan, Scheeren Hans W, Metselaar Josbert M, Lammers Twan, Moonen Chrit T W, Hennink Wim E, Deckers Roel 10 jun 2020, In: Pharmaceutics. 12 12 p.

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