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“Engineers need to truly become part of the medical world and understand the requirements and needs of clinicians to be able to deliver the improvements they are capable of.”

Research profile

Hessel Wijkstra is part-time Full Professor in the Signal Processing Systems group. He is also principal investigator in the department of Urology of the AMC in Amsterdam. His research focuses on medical imaging, especially contrast-enhanced ultrasound. His main interest is the clinical validation and implementation of advanced imaging technology as developed in the Signal Processing Systems group.

The focus of research is initially on prostate cancer - hard to visualize, usually only detected at a late stage and the second-highest cause of cancer deaths in men. Perfecting visualization techniques for prostate cancer would enable more effective screening, targeted biopsies and more timely and less radical treatments. The technology can be applied to other cancer types as well. Angiogenesis, the aberrant growth of new blood vessels that supplies growing tumors with the oxygen and nutrients to become malignant, is a factor in most cancers.

Wijkstra, an engineer among urologists and a urologist among engineers, believes engineers can help generate tremendous progress in medical care, improve diagnostics and treatment and help to realize more cost-effective care.

Academic background

Hessel Wijkstra holds an MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Twente University. His interest in medical and clinical research led him to accept an appointment at the Urology department of the Radboud Medical Center in 1989. In 2004 he moved to the Urology department at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam in 2004. His intensive collaboration with Massimo Mischi at the Eindhoven University of Technology led to an appointment as part-time professor in the Signal Processing Systems group in 2010.

External positions

Principal Investigator, Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam

1 Oct 2003 → …

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Research Output

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Automated multiparametric localization of prostate cancer based on B-mode, shear-wave elastography, and contrast-enhanced ultrasound radiomics

    Wildeboer, R. R., Mannaerts, C. K., van Sloun, R. J. G., Budäus, L., Tilki, D., Wijkstra, H., Salomon, G. & Mischi, M., Feb 2020, In : European Radiology. 30, 2, p. 806-815 10 p.

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  • Cancer detection rates of systematic and targeted prostate biopsies after biparametric MRI

    Gayet, M. C. W., van der Aa, A. A. M. A., Beerlage, H. P., Schrier, B. P., Gielens, M., Heesakkers, R., Jager, G. J., Mulders, P. F. A. & Wijkstra, H., 3 Apr 2020, In : Prostate Cancer. 2020, p. 4626781 6 p., 4626781.

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    Contrast-enhanced ultrasound quantification: from kinetic modeling to machine learning

    Turco, S., Frinking, P., Wildeboer, R., Arditi, M., Wijkstra, H., Lindner, J. R. & Mischi, M., Mar 2020, In : Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. 46, 3, p. 518-543 26 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 10 Contributed talk

    28th Annual EAU congress, Milan

    Hessel Wijkstra (Speaker)
    18 Mar 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Workshop on ultrasound imaging for IGRT, Maastricht

    Hessel Wijkstra (Speaker)
    8 Feb 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Urologie e.V., 26 September 2012, Leipzig, Germany

    Hessel Wijkstra (Speaker)
    26 Sep 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    27th Annual Advances in Contrast Ultrasound - ICUS Bubble Conference, 20 September 2012, Chicago, Illinois

    Hessel Wijkstra (Speaker)
    20 Sep 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    30th World Congress of Endourology, 6 September 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

    Hessel Wijkstra (Speaker)
    6 Sep 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Student theses

    An elastic registration method for validation of prostate cancer ultrasound imaging

    Author: Schalk, S., 31 Aug 2011

    Supervisor: Mischi, M. (Supervisor 1) & Wijkstra, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Classification and validation of contrast ultrasound dispersion maps compared with histology results

    Author: Wu, K., 31 Oct 2014

    Supervisor: Mischi, M. (Supervisor 1) & Wijkstra, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Estimation of acoustical coefficient of nonlinearity

    Author: Zeng, Y., 24 May 2018

    Supervisor: Mischi, M. (Supervisor 1) & Wijkstra, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master