Medical Ultrasound Imaging Centre

The Medical UltraSound Imaging Center, MUSIC, is an international expertise center on functional imaging using ultrasound for medical applications. MUSIC develops ultrasound based techniques for improved diagnosis, guiding intervention and monitoring treatment from idea to initial clinical application. The close collaboration with clinicians on one side and commercial partners on the other side warrants that these techniques not only address important clinical problems, but also facilitate commercialization of the developed solutions.

Focus is on strain and flow estimation to assess the functionality of the cardiovascular system, muscles of the extremities, and urinary tract. These techniques are also used to improve early detection of cancer in breast and the neck. Additionally, there is a wealth of expertise on quantitative echography. Quantitative analysis of the echogram is used to stage liver fibrosis, assess liver fat content and guide interventional procedures. Additionally, our center has developed a freeware software package for quantitative monitoring of the performance of ultrasound equipment: QA4US.

The research is funded primarily by the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Most projects are carried out in close collaboration with industry (Samsung Medison, Siemens, Philips Medical Systems, Esaote Europe, Encapson). MUSIC is part of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and embedded in the research theme “Vascular Damage” of the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen.



  • June 21, 2017: Dr. Rik Hansen wins the prize for the best paper published in 2016 at the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, for his paper in Stroke
  • March 13, 2017: Prof. Chris de Korte is awarded an NWO-TTW grant on “Functional Imaging of the pelvic floor using ultrasound”. The project is a collaboration with prof. Huub van der Vaart (UMC Utrecht), Prof. Cees Slump (University of Twente), Philips Ultrasound, and TomTec
  • January 27, 2017: Anne Saris wins the 3rd best oral presentation award at the biomedical Engineering Conference 2017 in Egmond aan Zee
  • January 19, 2017: MUSIC hosts for the first time the “International Course on Ultrasound Imaging and Quality Assurance” in Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • November 1, 2016: Dr. Rik Hansen publishes the inpatient results of compound strain imaging in the carotid artery in Stroke and in JACC Cardiovascular Imaging. Furthermore, the main result decorate the cover of the latter journal.
  • September 26, 2016: On the 23rd and 24th of September, the annual scientific meeting of the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) took place in Paris. Gijs Hendriks received the Certificate of Merit . 40 Scientific abstracts were accepted for poster presentation. The authors of the 6 highest rated abstracts competed for the award, and presented their poster to the jury. Among the six selected abstracts two where from our department. Gijs Hendriks presented “Implementing 3-D ultrasound elastography in an automated breast volume scanner to improve specificity for breast cancer detection”, and received a certificate of merit for his excellent presentation.
  • July 4, 2016: On June 24, the symposium “Echography: New Recipe, now even better!” was organized by MUSIC to celebrate the inaugural lecture of Prof. Chris de Korte. At the Symposium the latest developments in Ultrasound imaging were presented by an international faculty. At the exhibition, the delegates had the opportunity to see these technologies implemented in commercial echosystems.
  • July 4, 2016: Chris L. de Korte gave his inaugural lecture on June 25, 2016 for an audience of 350 people. The title of the lecture was “Echo, the sound of the future” and in this lecture he discussed how we can do more with echo, how we can make it faster, how we can use higher frequencies and that we can do this all while also making it cheaper.
  • June 1, 2016: June 1, 2016: Chris L. de Korte has been appointed full professor “Medical Ultrasound Imaging” at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. During one day a week he will work on the translation of basic ultrasound techniques to clinical application. This chair is based at the Physics of Fluids Group and will work in close collaboration with Prof. dr. Michel Versluis.
  • April 1, 2016: Chuan Cheng started as PhD-student on the project "Ultra-fast 3D elastograpy"
  • April 1, 2016: The Ultrasound Biomicroscanning Meeting 2016 (UBM2016) will be organized by Chris L. de Korte at Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • October 1, 2015: Dr. Khalid Daoudi started as postdoctoral fellow on photo acoustic imaging. He will focus on clinical applications of photo-acoustic and high frequency ultrasound imaging.
  • September 1, 2015: Chris L. de Korte has been  appointed full professor “Medical Ultrasound Techniques” at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • July 21, 2015: A Horizon2020 grant was awarded for the project “MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsies (MURAB)”. The goal of this project is to guide robotic biopsies by fusion of MRI and ultrasound data in combination with real-time tissue displacement imaging. At Radboudumc, we will develop 3D ultrasound based elasticity quantification and real-time ultrasound guidance of the needles. The project is a collaboration with Siemens NL, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Twente University, Ziekenhuisgroep Twente, Medical University of Vienna, and University of Verona. For more information see:
  • April 1, 2015: Prof. Johan M Thijssen was honored with a royal decoration. He received the Officer's Cross in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his work on Medical Ultrasound Imaging and for his extensive social activities.
  • March 16, 2015: Thomas van den Heuvel started as a PhD student on the BabyViewer project. This project is a joint venture of MUSIC and DIAG.
  • February 1, 2015: Branislav Holländer started as PhD student at MUSIC
  • December 5, 2014: New Quality Assurance for UltraSound (QA4US II) software update available online for download. New: Trend reporting functionality download QA4US_II (v2.20b).
  • October 27, 2014: For the October 2014 'Battle of the Universities', Rik Hansen from Radiology and Jitske Jansen from Pharmacology and Toxicology worked on a kidney case. Their presentation on improvement of vascular access for dialysis was considered the best solution and they won the battle!
  • June 1, 2014: Aisha van den Abeelen started in June 2014 as a researcher on a study into the use of 3D ultrasound for breast cancer diagnosis.
  • April 1, 2014: Gijs Hendriks started as PhD student on the project entitled: “3D ultrasound elastography for detection of tumours in breast”.