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.