Body Magnetic Resonance Research Group

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  • New Group member

    Mirjam Veen (TUM Master Program in Applied Physics) joins the Group as an MSc student with a research project focusing on QSM.

  • New publication

    “Anatomical variation of age-related changes in vertebral bone marrow composition using chemical shift encoding-based water-fat magnetic resonance imaging” in Frontiers in Endocrinology DOI: 10.3389/fendo.2018.00141.

  • New publication

    “T2-weighted Dixon turbo spin echo for accelerated simultaneous grading of whole-Body skeletal muscle fat infiltration and edema in patients with neuromuscular diseases” in Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography DOI: 10.1097/RCT.0000000000000723.

  • New publication

    “Molecular in vivo imaging of bone marrow adipose tissue” in Current Molecular Biology Reports DOI: 10.1007/s40610-018-0092-z.

  • First-of-a-kind scanner installation

    Our site received the first worldwide Philips Ingenia Elition 3T MRI scanner. Our group played a central role in the clinical evaluation of the system and our collaborating radiologists Rickmer Braren and Jan Kirschke shared the TUM first experience at the launch of the new system at the 2018 European Congress of Radiology.

  • New PhD student

    Sean McTavish joins the Group as a PhD student with a research project focusing on development of body DWI techniques.

  • New publication

    “Improving chemical shift encoding-based water-fat separation based on a detailed consideration of magnetic field contributions” in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine DOI: 10.1002/mrm.27097.

  • New Group members

    Mingming Wu joins the Group as a postdoctoral fellow with a research project focusing on development of MRI techniques for studying brown adipose tissue. Christoph Boehm (TUM Master Program in Applied Physics) joins the Group as an MSc student with a research project focusing on water-fat imaging and body QSM. Marco Hauke (TUM Master Program in Applied Physics) joins the Group as an MSc student with a research project focusing on T2 mapping in the presence of B1 inhomogeneities. I-An Chen (LMU Master Program of Material Science Exploring Large Scale Facilities) joints the Group as an MSc student working on bone marrow MRS. Julio Oscanoa (TUM Master Program in Biomedical Computing) joins the Group as an MSc student working on improving the Group’s image reconstruction pipeline.

  • Abstract Acceptance ISMRM 2018

    Twenty abstracts from our group were accepted for presentation in the 2018 Annual Meeting of ISMRM, including six oral presentations, two power pitch presentations, ten electronic posters and two traditional posters. Max Diefenbach, Sophia Kronthaler, Dominik Weidlich, Christoph Zoellner, Sarah Schlaeger, Jan Syvaeri, Daniela Franz, Elisabeth Klupp and Michael Dieckmeyer receive ISMRM Stipends for attending the Meeting in Paris.

  • New publication

    “Isotropic resolution diffusion tensor imaging of lumbosacral and sciatic nerves using a phase-corrected diffusion-prepared 3D turbo spin echo” in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine DOI: 10.1002/mrm.27072.

  • New publication

    “High Isotropic Resolution T2 Mapping of the Lumbosacral Plexus with T2-Prepared 3D Turbo Spin Echo” in Clinical Neuroradiology DOI: 10.1007/s00062-017-0658-9.

  • 2nd prize at 2017 ESMRMB YIA Competition

    Stefan Ruschke wins the 2nd prize at the 2017 Young Investigator Award Competition of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) with his abstract entitled “Measurement of vertebral bone marrow proton density fat fraction in children using quantitative water–fat MRI”. Twitter link

  • New PhD student

    Christoph Zoellner joins the Group as a PhD student with a research project focusing on development of MRI and MRS techniques of ectopic fat depots.

  • Publication featured as MRM Editor's Pick

    Michael Dieckmeyer’s publication at Magnetic Resonance in Medicine entitled “ADC Quantification of the Vertebral Bone Marrow Water Component: Removing the Confounding Effect of Residual Fat” was featured as MRM Editor’s pick for October 2017. The paper was discussed in an interview with MRM Highlights.

  • DFG excellence cluster initiative

    Dimitrios Karampinos is one of the Principal Investigators in the TUM Excellence Cluster Initiative “IMAGINE”, which has been selected by the DFG for final evaluation. TUM Press Release

  • New publication

    “Association of proton density fat fraction in adipose tissue with imaging-based and anthropometric obesity markers in adults” in International Journal of Obesity DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2017.194.

  • New publication

    “T2 mapping with magnetization-prepared 3D TSE based on a modified BIR-4 T2 preparation” in NMR in Biomedicine. DOI: 10.1002/nbm.3773

  • Funding from the DFG

    The DFG funds our grant on “Metabolic imaging in cancer cachexia” within SFB824 (Co-PIs: Herzig, Berriel-Diaz).

  • New publication

    “Quantitative MRI and spectroscopy of bone marrow” in Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. DOI: 10.1002/jmri.25769

  • New publication

    “Proton Density Fat-Fraction of Rotator Cuff Muscles Is Associated With Isometric Strength 10 Years After Rotator Cuff Repair: A Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of the Shoulder” in American Journal of Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/0363546517703086

  • Invited Educational Lecture at ISMRM 2017

    Dimitris gives an invited education lecture at the 25th ISMRM Scientific Meeting in Honolulu on “Technical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Spectroscopy” during the Weekend educational course: Translational musculoskeletal imaging: from qualitative to quantitative”.

  • Summa/Magna Cum Laude Merit Awards at ISMRM 2017

    Three abstracts from our group receive a Cum Laude Merit award in the 2017 Annual Meeting of ISMRM. The Summa and Magna Cum Laude Merit awards are given to trainees whose abstract scored in the top 5% and 15%, respectively. Dominik receives a Summa Magna Cum laude Award for his abstract entitled “Probing bone marrow adipocyte cell size in vivo at a clinical 3 T scanner using high b-value DW-MRS at long diffusion times”. Barbara receives a Summa Magna Cum laude Award for her abstract entitled “Imaging of the brachial plexus using a 3D Dixon-TSE pulse sequence with blood vessel and CSF signal suppression: preliminary experience in children”. Max receives a Magna Cum laude Award for his abstract entitled “Simultaneous R2* and quantitative susceptibility mapping of trabecularized yellow bone marrow: initial results in the calcaneus”.

  • New publication

    “Measurement of vertebral bone marrow proton density fat fraction in children using quantitative water-fat MRI” in Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s10334-017-0617-0

  • New publication

    “Analysis of phase error effects in multishot diffusion-prepared turbo spin echo imaging” in Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery. DOI: 10.21037/qims.2017.04.01

  • New PhD student

    Sophia Kronthaler joins the Group as a PhD student (Dr. rer. nat. candidate, TUM Program in Experimental Medicine) with a research project focusing on quantitative susceptibility mapping of bone using ultrashort echo time imaging.

  • New MD student

    Jan Syvaeri joins the Group as an MD student (Dr. med. sc. candidate, TUM Program in Translational Medicine) with a research project focusing on quantitative MRI of cancer cachexia.

  • New publication

    “Orthogonally combined motion- and diffusion-sensitized driven equilibrium (OC-MDSDE) preparation for vessel signal suppression in 3D turbo spin echo imaging of peripheral nerves in the extremities” in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/mrm.26660

  • New publication

    “B1-insensitive T2 mapping of healthy thigh muscles using a T2-prepared 3D TSE sequence” in PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171337

  • Abstract Acceptance ISMRM 2017

    Eleven abstracts from our group were accepted for presentation in the 2017 Annual Meeting of ISMRM. Max, Dominik, Friedemann and Sarah receive Trainee Stipends for attending the Meeting.

  • Funding from TUM Medical School

    The TUM Medical Graduate School accepts our project proposal entitled “Development of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging biomarkers in cancer cachexia” and funds a Medical Student position in our Group.

  • New publication

    “ADC quantification of the vertebral bone marrow water component: removing the confounding effect of residual fat” in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/mrm.26550

  • New publication

    “Correction of phase errors in quantitative water-fat imaging using a monopolar time-interleaved multi-echo gradient echo sequence” in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/mrm.26485

  • New Philips clinical scientist

    Andreas Hock is affiliated to the Group as our new onsite Philips Clinical Scientist.

  • Franziska defends her thesis

    Franziska defends her Bachelor Thesis entitled “Optimization of adiabatic T2-preparation MRI pulse sequence modules”. She will be continuing as a working student in our Group.

  • Invited Lecture at Bone Marrow Adiposity Meeting

    Dimitris gives an invited lecture at 3rd Myo-MRI Cost Action Working Group Meeting in Malaga, Spain on “Quantitative fat imaging in skeletal muscle”.

  • New invited review publication

    “MR-based assessment of bone marrow fat in osteoporosis, diabetes, and obesity” in Frontiers in Endocrinology. DOI: 10.3389/fendo.2016.00074

  • New publication

    “Automatic segmentation of abdominal organs and adipose tissue compartments in water-fat MRI: Application to weight-loss in obesity” in European Journal of Radiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2016.06.006

  • New publication

    “Association of quadriceps muscle fat with isometric strength measurements in healthy males using chemical shift encoding-based water-fat magnetic resonance imaging” in Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography. DOI: 10.1097/RCT.0000000000000374

  • Magna Cum Laude Merit Awards at ISMRM 2016

    Four abstracts from our group receive a Magna Cum Laude Merit award in the 2016 Annual Meeting of ISMRM. These awards are given to trainees whose abstract scored in the top 15%. Stefan receives the award for his abstract entitled “Simultaneous T2, T2’ and PDFF mapping in the spine using an adiabatic T2-prepared time-interleaved multi-echo gradient echo acquisition”. Max receives two awards for his abstracts entitled “Improving chemical shift-encoded water-fat separation based on a detailed consideration of magnetic field contributions” and “On the feasibility of quantitative susceptibility mapping for trabecular bone volume density mapping at 3 T”. Barbara receives the award for her abstract entitled “CSF-free imaging of the lumbar plexus using sub-millimeter resolutions with 3D TSE”.

  • Dimitris becomes a TUM Junior Fellow

    Dimitris is awarded a TUM Junior Fellowship and becomes a Honorary Member of the TUM Institute of Advanced Study.

  • New PhD student

    Dominik starts his work in the Group as a PhD student (Dr. rer. nat. candidate, TUM Program in Experimental Medicine) with a research project focusing on diffusion MRI of fat containing tissues.

  • New MD student

    Sarah Schlaeger joins the Group as a MD student (Dr. med. sc. candidate, TUM Program in Translational Medicine) with a research project focusing on quantitative MRI of skeletal muscle in patients with neuromuscular diseases.

  • New BSc student

    Franziska Trebel joins the Group as a BSc student (TUM Bachelor Program in Physics) with a research project focusing on optimisation of adiabatic RF pulses used in T2 mapping pulse sequence modules.

  • Prestigious funding from the European Research Council

    The ERC grants from the European Research Council (ERC) are among the most distinguished research awards in Europe. Dimitris is awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his research project ProFatMRI: “Magnetic resonance imaging platform for probing fat microstructure”.
    TUM official press release

  • Dimitrios completes his Habilitation

    Dimitris completes his Habilitation in Medical Physics in the TUM Faculty of Medicine.

  • New invited review publication

    “MR-based assessment of body fat distribution and characteristics” in European Journal of Radiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2016.02.013

  • Abstract Acceptance ISMRM 2016

    Sixteen abstracts from our group were accepted for presentation in the 2015 Annual Meeting of ISMRM. Barbara, Christian, Michael, Max, Elisabeth, Stefan, Dominik receive Trainee Stipends for attending the Meeting.

  • Dominik defends his thesis

    Dominik defends his Master Thesis entitled “Development of a B1- and B0-insensitive T2 mapping method based on a modified BIR-4 T2 prepared 3D TSE”. He will be continuing as a PhD student in our Group.

  • New MD student

    Friedemann Freitag joins the Group as a MD student (Dr. med. candidate) with a research project focusing on metabolic imaging and on automating image analysis of quantitative MRI data.

  • New publication

    “Imaging of the lumbar plexus: Optimized refocusing flip angle train design for 3D TSE” in Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. DOI: 10.1002/jmri.25076

  • New resident physician

    Daniela Franz, MD, who works as a resident physician in the Department of Radiology, joins the Group working on research projects focusing on applications of quantitative fat MRI in healthy metabolism and metabolic disorders.

  • New publication

    “Modeling of T2* decay in vertebral bone marrow fat quantification” in NMR in Biomedicine. DOI: 10.1002/nbm.3420

  • New resident physician

    Elisabeth Klupp, MD, who works as a resident physician in the Department of Neuroradiology, is affiliated with our group working on research projects focusing on applications of quantitative MRI of skeletal muscle and peripheral nerves.

  • Funding from the German Society for Muscle Diseases

    The German Society for Muscle Diseases funds our pilot grant on “Development and validation of quantitative MR biomarkers for the detection of fatty infiltration and muscle atrophy in muscle diseases” (Co-PIs: Karampinos, Kirschke, Deschauer).

  • Magna Cum Laude Merit Awards at ISMRM 2015

    Four abstracts from our group receive a Magna Cum Laude Merit award in the 2015 Annual Meeting of ISMRM. These awards are given to trainees whose abstract scored in the top 15%. Barbara receives the award for her abstract entitled “Orthogonally combined motion- and diffusion-sensitized driven equilibrium (OC-MDSDE) preparation for improved vessel signal suppression in 3D TSE imaging of peripheral nerves”. Michael receives two awards for his abstracts entitled “Removing the confounding effect of the fat component in ADC quantification of the vertebral bone marrow water component” and “MRS-based vertebral bone marrow fat quantification using prior fat spectrum characterization and T2 correction”. Stefan receives the award for his abstract entitled “Addressing phase errors in quantitative water-fat imaging at 3 T using a time-interleaved multi-echo gradient-echo acquisition “.

  • Invited Lecture at Myo-MRI Cost Action Meeting

    Dimitris gives an invited lecture at 3rd Myo-MRI Cost Action Working Group Meeting in Malaga, Spain on “Quantitative fat imaging in skeletal muscle”.

  • New publication

    “Association of MRS-Based Vertebral Bone Marrow Fat Fraction with Bone Strength in a Human In Vitro Model” in Journal of Osteoporosis. DOI: 10.1155/2015/152349

  • New publication

    “MR-detected changes in liver fat, abdominal fat, and vertebral bone marrow fat after a four-week calorie restriction in obese women” in Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. DOI: 10.1002/jmri.24908

  • New PhD Student

    Max Diefenbach joins the Group as a PhD student (Dr. rer. nat. candidate, TUM Program in Experimental Medicine) with a research project focusing on quantitative susceptibility mapping outside the brain.

  • New publication

    “Diffusion-weighted stimulated echo acquisition mode (DW-STEAM) MR spectroscopy to measure fat unsaturation in regions with low proton-density fat fraction” in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/nbm.3267

  • New publication

    “The need for T₂ correction on MRS-based vertebral bone marrow fat quantification: implications for bone marrow fat fraction age dependence” in NMR in Biomedicine. DOI: 10.1002/nbm.3267

  • New publication

    “Assessment of whole spine vertebral bone marrow fat using chemical shift-encoding based water-fat MR” in Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. DOI: 10.1002/jmri.24854

  • Jun defends her thesis

    Jun defends her Master Thesis entitled “Organ-specific localization and quantification of adipose tissues in abdominal MRI scans”. She will be continuing as a PhD student at LIRMM-Montpellier & LTSI-Rennes, INSERM, France.

  • Abstract Acceptance ISMRM 2015

    Ten abstracts from our group were accepted for presentation in the 2015 Annual Meeting of ISMRM. Barbara, Christian, Michael and Stefan receive Trainee Stipends for attending the Meeting.

  • New MSc student

    Dominik Weidlich joins the Group as a MSc student (TUM Master Program in Physics) with a research project focusing on advanced RF pulse design for T2 mapping.

  • Summer Research Fellowship

    Paran Yap receives a Summer Research Fellowship from the Tufts Univesity School of Medicine for a summer internship in our Group.

  • New MSc student

    Jun Shen joins the Group as a MSc student (TUM Master Program in Biomedical Computing, co-supervised with Bjoern Menze) with a research project focusing on image analysis of abdominal water-fat MRI scans.

  • Magna Cum Laude Merit Awards at ISMRM 2014

    Two abstracts from our Group receive a Magna Cum Laude Merit award in the 2014 Annual Meeting of ISMRM. These awards are given to trainees whose abstract scored in the top 15%. Stefan receives the award for his abstract entitled “Diffusion-weighted STEAM MRS to measure fat unsaturation in regions with low fat content”. Thomas receives the award for his abstract entitled “Linkage of vertebral bone marrow fat content with biomechanical strength and trabecular bone structure parameters”.

  • New MD student

    Michael Dieckmeyer joins the Group as an MD student (Dr. med. sc. candidate, TUM Program in Translational Medicine) with a research project focusing on quantitative MRI of bone marrow in osteoporosis.

  • Invited Lecture at ECR 2014

    Dimitris gives an invited lecture at the 2014 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) on the applications of MRI for imaging body composition. The lecture was featured in an ECR press release entitled “Body composition imaging techniques show promise in obesity management”.

  • Magn Reson Med Editor's Pick

    Our paper entitled “Bone marrow fat quantification in the presence of trabecular bone: Initial comparison between water-fat imaging and single-voxel MRS” was featured on March 2014 Magn Reson Med Editor’s Picks.

  • Abstract Acceptance ISMRM 2014

    Four abstracts from our group were accepted for presentation in the 2014 Annual Meeting of ISMRM. Stefan receives a Trainee Stipend and Barbara receives a New Entrant Stipend for attending the Meeting.

  • Funding from TUM Medical School

    The TUM Medical Graduate School accepts our project proposal entitled “Quantitative MRI measurements of the vertebral bone marrow as prognostic biomarker for osteoporosis” and funds a Medical Student position in our Group.

  • New PhD student

    Barbara Cervantes joins the Group as a PhD student (Dr. rer. nat. candidate, TUM Program in Experimental Medicine) with a research project focusing on morphological and diffusion tensor imaging of peripheral nerves.

  • New publication

    “Bone marrow fat quantification in the presence of trabecular bone: initial comparison between water-fat imaging and single-voxel MRS” in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/mrm.24775

  • Educational Session at ISMRM 2013

    Dimitris gives an invited talk on “Imaging muscle composition” as a part of the weekday educational course “Imaging muscle structure & function” during the 2013 Annual Meeting of ISMRM in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

  • New PhD student

    Stefan Ruschke joins the Group as a PhD student (Dr. rer. nat. candidate, TUM Program in Experimental Medicine) with a research project focusing on quantitative water-fat imaging.

  • Starting date for the BMRR Group

    The installation of our research Ingenia 3 T is finished and the BMRR Group is established.