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 is one of the coordinators of the UMC Utrecht accelerator Image guided interventions and the UMCU AI lab for Imaging and Image guided interventions.


Prof. Van den Berg has a 0.9 fte position at the UMC Utrecht. Prof. Van den Berg is co-founder and a minority shareholder of UMCU spin off PrecorDx.  PrecorDx is the winner of the NWO Venture Challenge 2022.


Side Activities

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Research Output (239)

Exploring contrast generalisation in deep learning-based brain MRI-to-CT synthesis

Nijskens Lotte, van den Berg Cornelis A T, Verhoeff Joost J C, Maspero Matteo 18 Jul 2023, In: Physica Medica. 112

Real-time myocardial landmark tracking for MRI-guided cardiac radio-ablation using Gaussian Processes

Huttinga Niek Ricardo Ferdinand, Akdag Osman, Fast Martin F, Verhoeff Joost J C, Mohamed Hoesein Firdaus A A, Van den Berg Cornelis A T, Sbrizzi Alessandro, Mandija Stefano 20 Jun 2023, In: Physics in medicine and biology. 68 14 p.

Multi-echo MR thermometry in the upper leg at 7 T using near-harmonic 2D reconstruction for initialization

Kikken Mathijs W.I., Steensma Bart R., van den Berg Cornelis A.T., Raaijmakers Alexander J.E. Jun 2023, In: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 89 , p. 2347-2360 14 p.

Cartesian vs radial MR-STAT:An efficiency and robustness study

van der Heide Oscar, Sbrizzi Alessandro, van den Berg Cornelis A.T. Jun 2023, In: Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 99 , p. 7-19 13 p.

Gaussian Processes for real-time 3D motion and uncertainty estimation during MR-guided radiotherapy

Huttinga Niek R.F., Bruijnen Tom, van den Berg Cornelis A.T., Sbrizzi Alessandro 18 May 2023, In: Medical Image Analysis. 88 14 p.

Synthetic MRI with Magnetic Resonance Spin TomogrAphy in Time-Domain (MR-STAT):Results from a Prospective Cross-Sectional Clinical Trial

Kleinloog Jordi P D, Mandija Stefano, D'Agata Federico, Liu Hongyan, van der Heide Oscar, Koktas Beyza, Dankbaar Jan Willem, Keil Vera C, Vonken Evert-Jan, Jacobs Sarah M, van den Berg Cornelis A T, Hendrikse Jeroen, van der Kolk Anja G, Sbrizzi Alessandro May 2023, In: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 57 , p. 1451-1461 11 p.

Deep learning for automated contouring of neurovascular structures on magnetic resonance imaging for prostate cancer patients

van den Berg Ingeborg, Savenije Mark H F, Teunissen Frederik R, van de Pol Sandrine M G, Rasing Marnix J A, van Melick Harm H E, Brink Wyger M, de Boer Johannes C J, van den Berg Cornelis A T, van der Voort van Zyp Jochem R N Apr 2023, In: Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology. 26

Efficient performance analysis and optimization of transient-state sequences for multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging

Fuderer Miha, van der Heide Oscar, Liu Hongyan, van den Berg C A T, Sbrizzi Alessandro Mar 2023, In: NMR in Biomedicine. 36 , p. 1-18

SynthRAD2023 Grand Challenge dataset:Generating synthetic CT for radiotherapy

Thummerer Adrian, van der Bijl Erik, Galapon Arthur, Verhoeff Joost J.C., Langendijk Johannes A., Both Stefan, van den Berg Cornelis A.T., Maspero Matteo 2023, In: Medical Physics. 50 , p. 4664-4674 11 p.

Data-driven electrical conductivity brain imaging using 3 T MRI

Jung Kyu Jin, Mandija Stefano, Cui Chuanjiang, Kim Jun Hyeong, Al-masni Mohammed A., Meerbothe Thierry G., Park Mina, van den Berg Cornelis A.T., Kim Dong Hyun 2023, In: Human Brain Mapping. 44 , p. 4986-5001 16 p.

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