Profile photo Rutger Jan Nievelstein

Rutger Jan Nievelstein

Full Professor

Strategic program(s):


Rutger Jan Nievelstein received his MD from the Leiden University (NL) in 1993. He defended his PhD thesis entitled “The caudal regression syndrome and anorectal malformations. Magnetic resonance imaging and embryological studies” (cum laude) in 1998 at the Free University, Amsterdam (NL), and completed his Residency in Radiology at the Free University Medical Center, Amsterdam (NL) in 1999.  After a 1 year Fellowship in Pediatric Radiology at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, Utrecht (NL) he became a full staff member of the Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Utrecht & Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital Utrecht (NL), and from 2014 onwards also at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Utrecht (NL). He was the director of the local residency program in Radiology in Utrecht from 2013-2022 and was appointed Full Professor in Pediatric Radiology in 2022.

Within the field of pediatric radiology his special interests are congenital anomalies and genetic disorders (including skeletal dysplasias), child abuse, neuroradiology, oncology (including late effects), and radiation protection. He is involved in many multidisciplinary research projects and is the principal investigator of the research line “Advanced imaging techniques in pediatric malignant lymphoma”. In addition to the evaluation and introduction of existing and new innovative imaging techniques in Pediatric Radiology, his research focuses on the role of imaging in the detection of early and late disease and therapy-related side effects, surveillance, and the assessment of normal and abnormal development. He has (co-)authored over 190 publications in distinguished peer-reviewed national but mostly international scientific journals, contributed to several book chapters, and organized several international scientific and educational meetings, including ESPR2014, ECPR2017, and ECPR2019. He has been and still is an active member of numerous national and international Boards and Committees focused on Pediatric Radiology and Education. In 2019 he was awarded the Honorary Membership of the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR).

Research groups

Perinatal neuroimaging & neuromonitoring

Research aim

We use longitudinal fetal and neonatal neuroimaging and neuromonitoring to study brain development and function, model brain diseases, and improve long term outcome in high-risk infants.
Go to group

Congenital esophageal and airway team utrecht

Research aim

Our research strives to improve outcomes for Esophageal Atresia patients, reducing morbidity and enhancing quality of life, while developing strategies for long-term improvement, shaping a brighter future.
Go to group

Fetal growth, development and genetics

Research aim

Our mission is to study normal and abnormal fetal development by innovative imaging modalities and (non)invasive genetic testing in order to improve perinatal and long-term outcomes of children and outcomes that matter most to future parents.
Go to group

Recent publications

A multipurpose, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis-specific, short MRI protocol Yulia M. Shcherbakova, Peter P.G. Lafranca, Wouter Foppen, Tijl A. van der Velden, Rutger A.J. Nievelstein, Rene M. Castelein, Keita Ito, Peter R. Seevinck, Tom P.C. Schlosser
European Journal of Radiology, 2024, vol. 177
A meta-analysis on the diagnostic performance of whole-body MRI for the initial staging of Hodgkin lymphoma in children and adults using FDG-PET/CT as a reference standard Suzanne Spijkers, Annemieke S. Littooij, Auke Beishuizen, Marnix G.E.H. Lam, Rutger A.J. Nievelstein
EJC Paediatric Oncology, 2023, vol. 1
18F-FDG-PET/CT imaging in diagnostic workup of pediatric precursor B-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma Emma Kroeze, Laura Arias Padilla, Birgit Burkhardt, Andishe Attarbaschi, Hannah von Mersi, Rejin Kebudi, Rutger A.J. Nievelstein, Nelleke Tolboom, Melanie M. Hagleitner, Roland P. Kuiper, Auke Beishuizen, Jan L.C. Loeffen
Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2023, vol. 70
Radiology in Suspected Child Abuse Rick R. Van Rijn, Rutger A.J. Nievelstein, Simon G.F. Robben
2023, p.45-74
Risk and determinants of low and very low bone mineral density and fractures in a national cohort of Dutch adult childhood cancer survivors (DCCSS-LATER) Jenneke E. van Atteveld, Demi T.C. de Winter, Vincent G. Pluimakers, Marta Fiocco, Rutger A.J. Nievelstein, Monique G.G. Hobbelink, Andrica C.H. de Vries, Jacqueline J. Loonen, Eline van Dulmen-den Broeder, Helena J. van der Pal, Saskia M.F. Pluijm, Leontien C.M. Kremer, Cécile M. Ronckers, Margriet van der Heiden-van der Loo, A. Birgitta Versluijs, Marloes Louwerens, Dorine Bresters, Hanneke M. van Santen, Daniel S. Olsson, Imo Hoefer, Sjoerd A.A. van den Berg, Jaap den Hartogh, Wim J.E. Tissing, Sebastian J.C.M.M. Neggers, Marry M. van den Heuvel-Eibrink,
The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, 2023, vol. 11, p.21-32
Normal Variants, Congenital, and Acquired Disorders Rick R. Van Rijn, Jopje M. Ruskamp, Nicole L. Van Woerden, Rutger A.J. Nievelstein, Simon G.F. Robben, Rob A.C. Bilo
2023, p.451-504