Medical Imaging Physics

The research and development activities of the Medical Imaging Physics division (INM-4) of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine focus on the development, experimental validation and the clinical implementation of novel brain imaging methods.

Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. N. J. Shah

Our research

MR Group

MR Group

The primary aim of the MR group is the development and implementation of new methods and sequences in magnetic resonance imaging, with a focus on the brain. Particular areas of interest include quantitative MR imaging, structural and functional imaging, sodium imaging, diffusion imaging and high-field MR.

Brain Tumour Group

Brain Tumour Group

The Brain Tumour group specialises in the preclinical and clinical testing of new radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis of brain tumours (i.e., gliomas and metastasis) using positron-emission-tomography (PET) in collaboration with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. 

PET Group

PET Group

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a unique modality for imaging normal and diseased metabolical functions in vivo, in a quantitative manner. The PET group work to develop innovative reconstruction programs and procedures to correct for the different influences on the quantitative accuracy of PET.

Multimodal Group

Multimodal Group

The interdisciplinary working group "Clinical Multimodal Imaging" is primarily concerned with research into individual biomarkers in order to apply individually optimised therapy for patients with psychiatric disorders and also to evaluate treatment success.

MEG Group

MEG Group

The main interest of the magnetoencephalography (MEG) group is the development and implementation of novel soft- and hardware components in MEG research. A major focus is to establish real-time data acquisition and signal processing to acquire new insights into electrophysiological brain processes.

News and Events

PET-MR-EEG imaging

Assessing excitatory–inhibitory balance using simultaneous trimodal PET–MR–EEG imaging

The brain’s function is directed by neuronal excitation and inhibition, which is closely related to activity in the brain’s main excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters, glutamate and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), respectively. The intrinsic balance between excitation and inhibition has been shown to play an important role in several mental processes and disturbances in the functioning of the neurotransmitters involved has been linked to a number of psychiatric diseases.

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Science Online - Experience the Forschungszentrum Jülich virtually

Experience cutting-edge research from your sofa. On Thursday, 30th September at 15:00, PhD student Fabian Küppers will give a presentation about the work of the MR group of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) 4. Anyone with an internet connection and a PC or tablet (preferably also with a camera and microphone) can join the presentation at the specified time. The presentation will be in German. No registration is necessary.



Information about MRI and PET

How does MRI work? How does PET work?

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Volunteers Wanted!

The Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-4) is looking for volunteers.


B-Q Minded

Breakthroughs in quantitative magnetic resonance imaging for improved detection of brain diseases