prof. dr. ir. C.A.T. van den Berg

prof. dr. ir. C.A.T. van den Berg

Full Professor
prof. dr. ir. C.A.T. van den Berg
  • Computational Imaging

Research Programs

Strategic Program Cancer



Professor Nico van den Berg is the head of the Computational Imaging group for MRI diagnostics and therapy of the Centre of Image Sciences at the UMC Utrecht. The Computational Imaging group covers all aspects of the MRI workflow for diagnostics and therapy, from first principles modelling and hardware engineering to translating new MRI methods into clinic. For this purpose we draw on expertise and advances from the fields of (MR) physics, mathematics, computing and artificial intelligence.

One important research line is the exploration of next generation techniques to make MRI exams much shorter, reduce patient discomfort and therefore also increase robustness and diagnostic quality. An example of this is the MR-STAT technique developed within the group that can deliver quantitative MRI information based on raw time-domain signals in a fraction of scan time.
Moreover, within my group we have a large research activity on the use of MRI for radiation therapy. This includes 3D motion tracking of moving targets in  MR guided radiation delivery, MRI-only radiation planning and deep learning image processing applications for radiation therapy.

We pay considerable attention to translate our work to actual (clinical) usage in radiotherapy and radiology/ Currently, the group consists of three senior staff members, one computer scientist, four post-docs and eight PhD students.

Prof. Van den Berg does not hold any positions outside the UMC Utrecht.


Side Activities

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Research Output (222)

⊥-loss: A symmetric loss function for magnetic resonance imaging reconstruction and image registration with deep learning

Terpstra Maarten, Maspero Matteo, Sbrizzi Alessandro, van den Berg CAT Aug 2022, In: Medical Image Analysis. 80 , p. 1-11

A mask-compatible, radiolucent, 8-channel head and neck receive array for MRI-guided radiotherapy treatments and pre-treatment simulation

Zijlema Stefan Emiel, Breimer Wico, Gosselink Mark W J M, Bruijnen Tom, Arteaga de Castro Catalina S, Tijssen Rob H N, Lagendijk Jan J W, Philippens Marielle E P, Van den Berg Cornelis A T 11 May 2022, In: Physics in medicine and biology. 67 , p. 1-14

A perturbation approach for ultrafast calculation of RF field enhancements near medical implants in MRI

Stijnman Peter R S, Steensma Bart R, van den Berg Cornelis A T, Raaijmakers Alexander J E 10 Mar 2022, In: Scientific Reports. 12 , p. 1-14

Clinical utility of convolutional neural networks for treatment planning in radiotherapy for spinal metastases

Arends Sebastiaan R S, Savenije Mark H F, Eppinga Wietse S C, van der Velden Joanne M, van den Berg Cornelis A T, Verhoeff Joost J C Jan 2022, In: Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology. 21 , p. 42-47 6 p.

Potential Reduction of Peripheral Local SAR for a Birdcage Body Coil at 3 Tesla Using a Magnetic Shield

van Leeuwen C. C., Steensma B. R., Glybovski S. B., Lunenburg M. F.J., Simovski C., Klomp D. W.J., van den Berg C. A.T., Raaijmakers A. J.E. 8 Oct 2021, In: FRONTIERS IN PHYSICS. 9

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.

Prognostic importance of lymph node count and ratio in rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy:Results from a cross-sectional study

Detering Robin, Meyer Vincent M., Borstlap Wernard A.A., Beets-Tan Regina G.H., Marijnen Corrie A.M., Hompes Roel, Tanis Pieter J., van Westreenen Henderik L., Aalbers A. G.J., Acherman Y., Algie G. D., Alting von Geusau B., Amelung F., Aukema T. S., Bakker I. S., Bartels S. A., Basha S., Bastiaansen A. J.N.M., Belgers E., Bleeker W., Blok J., Bosker R. J.I., Bosmans J. W., Boute M. C., Bouvy N. D., Bouwman H., Brandt-Kerkhof A., Brinkman D. J., Bruin S., Bruns E. R.J., Burbach J. P.M., Burger J. W.A., Buskens C. J., Clermonts S., de Graaf E. J.R., Dekker J. W.T., Van Grevenstein W. M.U., Heemskerk J., Janssen P., Kool M. E., Kuiper J. T., Lange J. F., Schouten N., Smakman N., Steller E., Stortelder E., van de Ven A. W.H., van den Berg C., van Kessel C., Wouters M. W., 1 Sep 2021, In: Journal of Surgical Oncology. 124 , p. 367-377 11 p.

The (un)expected benefits of coaxial antennas for MRI

Steensma Bart , Zijlema Stefan, Raaijmakers Alexander , Van Leeuwen Carel, Van Den Berg Nico 9 Aug 2021, p. 344-348 5 p.

Visualization of Metasurface Eigenmodes with Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Slobozhanyuk Alexey P., Shchelokova Alena V., Kozachenko Alexander V., Melchakova Irina V., Raaijmakers Alexander J.E., Van Den Berg Cornelis A.T., Belov Pavel A., Webb Andrew G. 5 Aug 2021, In: Physical Review Applied. 16 6 p.

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