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Birgitta Velthuis

Full Professor

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Biography

Prof. dr. Birgitta Velthuis (1964) completed her medical and radiology training in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD degree: “CT angiography in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage” in 1998 in Utrecht. Since 1999 she works as a radiologist in the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) and is specialized in cardiovascular and neurovascular non-invasive CT and MRI imaging. She is Professor in Radiology of the Heart-Brain axis at the University of Utrecht, and serves on the board of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR), the Netherlands Vascular Forum (NVF) and the cluster Cardiovascular Risk Management (CVRM). Her work is divided between patient care, teaching and research. 
Her neurovascular research concentrates on CT and MRI imaging in patients with ischemic stroke, intracerebral haemorrhage, and subarachnoid haemorrhage. Her cardiovascular research focuses on imaging of cardiomyopathies, heart failure, gender and sports cardiology. Artificial intelligence and high field strength MRI have also become important parts of her research work
The heart-brain axis work focuses especially on imaging cardioembolic sources of acute ischemic stroke, atherosclerosis at different locations along the heart-brain axis and factors related to stress cardiomyopathy.

Research groups

Cardiovascular imaging and image guided treatment

Research aim

By developing and implementing advanced imaging and AI, we aim to enhance individualized detection, prediction, and minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular disease.This optimizes patient selection, treatment guidance, and clinical outcomes.
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Neurovascular imaging and image guided treatment

Research aim

By developing and implementing advanced imaging and AI, we aim to enhance individualized detection, prediction, and minimally invasive treatment of neurovascular disease.This optimizes patient selection, treatment guidance, and clinical outcomes.
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Recent publications

Graph convolutional networks for automated intracranial artery labeling Iris N Vos, Ynte M Ruigrok, Ishaan R Bhat, Kimberley M Timmins, Birgitta K Velthuis, Hugo J Kuijf
Journal of Medical Imaging, 2024, vol. 11
Deep Learning for Automatic Strain Quantification in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy Laura Alvarez-Florez, Jörg Sander, Mimount Bourfiss, Fleur V.Y. Tjong, Birgitta K. Velthuis, Ivana Išgum
2024, p.25-34
Exercise-induced cardiac troponin release in athletes with versus without coronary atherosclerosis Sylvan L.J.E. Janssen, Femke de Vries, Alma M.A. Mingels, Geert Kleinnibbelink, Maria T.E. Hopman, Arend Mosterd, Birgitta K. Velthuis, Vincent L. Aengevaeren, Thijs M.H. Eijsvogels
American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology, 2024, vol. 326, p.H1045-H1052
Halved contrast medium dose coronary dual-layer CT-angiography – phantom study of tube current and patient characteristics C. H. Kristiansen, P. M. Tetteroo, M. M. Dobrolinska, P. M. Lauritzen, B. K. Velthuis, M. J.W. Greuter, D. Suchá, P. A. de Jong, N. R. van der Werf
International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, 2024, vol. 40, p.931-940
Mitral annular disjunction in idiopathic ventricular fibrillation patients L. M. Verheul, M. Guglielmo, S. A. Groeneveld, F. P. Kirkels, C. Scrocco, M. J. Cramer, M. Bootsma, G. F.L. Kapel, M. Alings, R. Evertz, B. A. Mulder, N. H.J. Prakken, J. C. Balt, P. G.A. Volders, A. Hirsch, S. C. Yap, P. G. Postema, R. Nijveldt, B. K. Velthuis, E. R. Behr, A. A.M. Wilde, R. J. Hassink
European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, 2024, vol. 25, p.764-770
Cardiac magnetic resonance in advanced heart failure Francesca Coraducci, Giulia De Zan, Damiano Fedele, Pietro Costantini, Andrea Igoren Guaricci, Anna Giulia Pavon, Arco Teske, Maarten Jan Cramer, Lysette Broekhuizen, Dirk Van Osch, Ibrahim Danad, Birgitta Velthuis, Dominika Suchá, Ivo van der Bilt, Carmine Pizzi, Antonio Dello Russo, Marish Oerlemans, Linda W van Laake, Pim van der Harst, Marco Guglielmo
Echocardiography, 2024, vol. 41, p.1-13