Eline Kooi


Prof. Eline Kooi obtained a Master degree in Physics (University of Amsterdam, 1995) and a PhD degree in Molecular Physics at the same university (1999). She was trained in Medical Physics, specialisation Radiology, at Maastricht UMC from 1999-2004. Since 2004 she is a registered Medical Physicist at Maastricht UMC+. Presently, she is a Professor of Medical Physics, especially vascular imaging, at the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine within CARIM.

Her research is focussed on sophisticated multi-modality cardiovascular imaging. Her group is at the international forefront of developing and evaluating imaging techniques to study plaque vulnerability. She has focussed on cutting edge imaging of the hallmarks of high-risk plaques in animals and patients. She was the first to demonstrate that plaque inflammation can be visualised in humans. Her group has the unique position of multi-modality imaging of the vessel wall (PET/MRI, ultrasound, CT) in different vascular beds (carotid and coronary arteries, aorta). She has performed numerous MR Spectroscopy studies on lipid metabolism, also in the heart. Recently, she has expanded her research towards cardiac MRI (perfusion MRI, T1 mapping).

She is a leading member of the steering committee of a multi-centre trial to determine the clinical value of plaque imaging (PARISK) and she coordinates plaque imaging within the European Carotid Surgery Trial-2 (ECST-2). She has published >100 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals. She has successfully completed supervision of 12 PhD students. Currently, she is supervising 6 PhD students and one post-doc student. She is frequently invited as invited speaker and/or moderator at the leading international conferences in her field. She has received numerous research grants.

Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: H1.328
T: +31(0)43 387 49 11


  • 2023
    • Camarasa, R., Kervadec, H., Kooi, M. E., Hendrikse, J., Nederkoorn, P. J., Bos, D., & de Bruijne, M. (2023). Nested star-shaped objects segmentation using diameter annotations. Medical Image Analysis, 90, Article 102934. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.media.2023.102934
    • Canjels, L. P. W., Alers, R. J., van de Ven, V., Hurks, P. P. M., Gerretsen, S. C., Brandt, Y., Kooi, M. E., Jansen, J. F. A., Backes, W. H., Ghossein-Doha, C., & Spaanderman, M. E. A. (2023). Cerebral volume is unaffected after pre-eclampsia. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 62(1), 115-121. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/uog.26172
    • Chemaly, M., Marlevi, D., Iglesias, M-J., Lengquist, M., Kronqvist, M., Bos, D., van Dam-Nolen, D. H. K., van der Kolk, A., Hendrikse, J., Kassem, M., Matic, L., Odeberg, J., de Vries, M. R., Kooi, M. E., & Hedin, U. (2023). Biliverdin Reductase B Is a Plasma Biomarker for Intraplaque Hemorrhage and a Predictor of Ischemic Stroke in Patients with Symptomatic Carotid Atherosclerosis. Biomolecules, 13(6), Article 882. https://doi.org/10.3390/biom13060882
    • Zadi, T., van Dam-Nolen, D. H. K., Aizaz, M., van der Kolk, A. G., Nederkoorn, P. J., Hendrikse, J., Kooi, M. E., van der Lugt, A., & Bos, D. (2023). Changes in intra- and extracranial carotid plaque calcification: a 2-year follow-up study. Scientific Reports, 13(1), Article 8384. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-34223-7
    • Cau, R., Gupta, A., Kooi, M. E., & Saba, L. (2023). Pearls and Pitfalls of Carotid Artery Imaging Ultrasound, Computed Tomography Angiography, and MR Imaging. Radiologic Clinics of North America, 61(3), 405-413. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcl.2023.01.001
    • de Ritter, R., Sep, S. J. S., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Kusters, Y. H. A. M., Vos, R. C., Bots, M. L., Kooi, M. E., Dagnelie, P. C., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Schram, M. T., Koster, A., Brouwers, M. C. G., van der Sangen, N. M. R., Peters, S. A. E., van der Kallen, C. J. H., & Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2023). Sex differences in body composition in people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes as compared with people with normal glucose metabolism: the Maastricht Study. Diabetologia, 66(5), 861-872. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-023-05880-0
    • Tore, E. C., Elshorbagy, A. K., Bakers, F. C. H., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Dagnelie, P. C., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Jansen, J. F. A., Kooi, M. E., Kusters, Y. H. A. M., Meex, S. J. R., Olsen, T., Refsum, H., Retterstøl, K., Schalkwijk, C. G., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Vinknes, K. J., & van Greevenbroek, M. M. J. (2023). Associations between plasma sulfur amino acids and specific fat depots in two independent cohorts: CODAM and The Maastricht Study. European Journal of Nutrition, 62(2), 891-904. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-022-03041-4
    • Alers, R-J., Ghossein-Doha, C., Canjels, L. P. W., Muijtjens, E. S. H., Brandt, Y., Kooi, M. E., Gerretsen, S. C., Jansen, J. F. A., Backes, W. H., Hurks, P. P. M., van de Ven, V., & Spaanderman, M. E. A. (2023). Attenuated cognitive functioning decades after preeclampsia. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2023.02.020
    • van Velzen, T. J., Stolp, J., van Dam-Nolen, D., Kassem, M., Hendrikse, J., Kooi, M. E., Bos, D., & Nederkoorn, P. J. (2023). Higher Leukocyte Count Is Associated with Lower Presence of Carotid Lipid-Rich Necrotic Core: A Sub-Study in the Plaque at RISK (PARISK) Study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(4), Article 1370. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12041370
    • Simons, P. I. H. G., Valkenburg, O., van de Waarenburg, M. P. H., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Kooi, M. E., Jansen, J. F. A., Schalkwijk, C. G., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2023). Serum sex hormone-binding globulin is a mediator of the association between intrahepatic lipid content and type 2 diabetes: the Maastricht Study. Diabetologia, 66(1), 213-222. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-022-05790-7