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Radboud Imaging Research

Welcome to the research website of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen.

Our research has a strong focus on early detection and early treatment of common diseases. It covers fundamental research on a molecular level, development of new medical devices and software tools, and translates these results to clinical applications that can be used in daily routine. Our mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice and to help shape the future of healthcare. We use technology to make healthcare more affordable by increasing automation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, thus freeing manpower for those areas in patient care in which the "human touch" is most needed.

The four fundamental science groups cover ultrasound (MUSIC), biomedical MR (BioMR), diagnostic image analysis (DIAG) and tracer research (TRACER). Clinical research is mainly focused on prostate, breast, chest and vascular disease.

With the menu on the right you can learn more about our researchers, view or download publications or navigate to any of the research groups within the department.


Relationship between behavior autism and brain connections

In a mouse model for autism researchers from the Radboudumc with French colleagues found clear abnormal brain connections. In the visual cortex of mice with an autism spectrum disorder more local connections and fewer connections with other brain areas are found. The research is published in Science Advances.


The results support the idea that anatomical differences - a different wiring of the brain in this case - are at the basis of autistic behavior characteristics. Heerschap: "people with the fragile X syndrome and ASD are often very sensitive to sensory and visual information. They concentrate often strongly on details and have less attention for the broader, comprehensive picture. This does not proof that this is a direct causal relationship, but it does stimulate further research in this direction. The MR image observations can also be used as biomarkers to guide treatments". Read more...

See more in the Highlight Archive.


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