Nico Karssemeijer Professor of Computer Aided Diagnosis

Prof. Dr Nico Karssemeijer’of the UMC is by June 1, 2011 appointed Professor of Computer Aided Diagnosis. Karssemeijer is affiliated with the Department of Radiology, where he developed methods for the detection of breast cancer. Medical research increasingly uses complex imaging for research purposes.

New imaging systems offer promising avenues for early detection of diseases and monitoring of treatment. In addition, the use of intelligent computer programs that can recognize relevant changes in images will become more important. Prof. Karssemeijer will offer new innovative methods for developing and implementing computer-aided detection and diagnosis.

Nico Karssemeijer studied applied physics at the university of Delft. Until 1983 he taught physics. From 1983 to 1985 he worked as a computer scientist at the Laboratory of Kinesiology at the University of Leiden. In 1985 Karssemeijer took up employment with the Lab for Medical Physics and Biophysics of the Radboud University Nijmegen. He received his doctorate in 1989 on research into the use of probabilistic models for analysis of medical images.
Karssemeijer then started as a researcher in the radiology department of the same university and worked funded by the Dutch Cancer Society and industrial partners to develop computer-aided detection of breast cancer. This study was very successful and an American company developed the technology along with Karssemeijer further, leading to the first widespread use of computer assisted reading of images in radiology.
Nico Karssemeijer works closely with the German Fraunhofer Institute in Bremen Mevis. His chair is at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

may 31st, 2011

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