Welcome to the department of Biomedical Engineering Rotterdam

Biomedical Engineering is part of the Thoraxcenter of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We are a research group led by prof.dr.ir. A. F. W. van der Steen, located in the Medical Faculty Building of the Erasmus MC. The group develops methods to enhance insights in and to improve diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The research is performed at the crossroads of physics, technology, biology and medicine.

Almost all projects are public private partnerships. Many projects are collaborations in the Medical Delta.

Our main area's of research are:

Catheter based imaging. We have a long tradition in developing catheters and imaging methods for intravascular ultrasound. Over the last years we have added OCT and Photoacoustic imaging   

Ultrasound contrast agents. These agents are characterized using both acoustical and optical measurement techniques (high-speed imaging). Gained knowledge is used to improve the detection of the agents in the human body, but also to make these agents suitable for therapeutic use. Special attention in our group is paid to drug delivery and molecular targeting using ultrasound activated agents.

Probe development  Our current interest is of atherosclerotic plaques and the development of new probes for 3D imaging of the carotid artery and heart and the development of new probes for intravascular imaging and photoacoustic imaging. In this research we also consider the processing of 2D and 3D images. Projects are running that focus on the detection of tendon movement and automated analysis of 3D stress echo images.

The Biomechanics group studies the biomechanics of the development of atherosclerotic plaques in the human carotid and coronary arteries. The group combines clinical data from multi slice computer tomography (MSCT) images, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images, and histology with finite element modeling. In this way we improve our understanding on the role of blood pressure and vessel wall geometry and composition in the development of stresses and strains in the vessel wall. We correlate these stresses and strains to the composition of the atherosclerotic plaques and aim at gaining more insight in the transition of stable plaques into vulnerable plaques.

We are organizing 3 annual conferences namely:

The International Symposium on Biomechanics in Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Disease

Optics in Cardiology

The European symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging

published on: 9 maart 2016

gepubliceerd: 23 maart 2016

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