Access to Medical Imaging Technologies from “Patient to Population” (WP10)


Population Imaging

Population imaging is the large-scale acquisition and analysis of medical images in large human cohorts. The research infrastructure focuses on the construction of a network of dedicated, state of the art medical-imaging facilities, together with an innovative overarching e-science structure for integrated data management and large-scale analysis.

The image infrastructure in this network should be located close to the cohort studies under investigation. For this reason PCS are not focussed on user access to existing imaging infrastructure as it foreseen that participants in the existing cohort studies are not willing to travel to an image infrastructure outside their own region.
The PCS will focus on the overarching infrastructure for integrated data management and large-scale analysis.
Two sites will offer open access to their data storage capacity to test a uniform image archiving and analysis infrastructure which may cross-link population imaging studies in different research centers. PCS will focus on the requirements for common data acquisition, storage, exchange, and analysis.


Facility Nr. 54 
Erasmus MC, Department of Radiology; Erasmus MC - University Medical Center Rotterdam, 's Gravendijkwal 230, 3015 CE Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Offered Technology(ies)

Clinical research methods and practices
Data storage
Data-analysis MRI of the brain

Available resources

Methodological setup
Data processing and analysis
GRID computing


Image Guided Therapy


Facility Nr. 57
Center for Trans-cranial FUS therapy Zurich, MR-Center, University Children’s Hospital Zurich, Switzerland,

Offered Technology(ies)
High-intensity Focused Ultrasound for Image Guided Therapy
Electroencephalography (EEG)
Computer-aided pre-operative Planning
Intra-operative Navigation
Clinical research methods and practices

Technical details: Trans-cranial focused ultrasound for ablative interventions and Blood Brain Barrier opening; Hosting external researchers for experimental research; Animal experiments for BBB opening and targeted drug delivery; Training in ablative interventions

Available resources
Technical Assistance to run Instruments
Training in Infrastructure use
Probe preparation
Animal preparation


Facility Nr. 63
Competence Center for Image Guided Cardiac Surgery, Zurich; University Hospital Zürich, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Rämistrasse 100, CH-8091 Zürich, Switzerland

Offered Technology(ies)
Intra-operative imaging (animal OR with 3D US and Fluoroscopy)
Computed Tomography (CT)
MRI 1,5 T
Ultrasound: Doppler, 3D, Contrast-enhanced, Echo
Computer-aided pre-operative Planning

Technical details:We offer access to our animal facilities for scientists and companies to conduct preclinical trials of devices or techniques for cardiovascular surgery.

Available resources
Technical assistance to run instrument 
Regulatory affairs management service (for animal trials)
Animal preparation      
Animal facilities
Housing facilities


Facility Nr. 59
Center for Computational Imaging & Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine (CISTIB), Information & Communication Technologies Department, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, c/ Roc Boronat 138, E08018 Barcelona, Spain;

Offered Technology(ies)
Computer-aided pre-operative Planning
Physiological Modelling
Surgical Simulation

Technical details: This facility provides expertise and software infrastructure on advanced computational image analysis and image-based computational physiology. In particular, CISTIB offers the GIMIAS ( software platform and training and support thereof. GIMIAS is part of the Virtual Physiological Human Toolkit ( A specialized software development team with over 8 scientific programmers as well as a 40-researchers team providing scientific support complement the infrastructure and secure expertise and context. The facility has close links to key academic hospitals in Barcelona.

Available resources
Training in infrastructure use
Server Space
Data processing and analysis  
Training workstations  
Training seminar room
Computing facilities
Grid computing middleware