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
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-022-03041-4
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/uog.26172
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-022-05790-7
  • 2022
    • Paraskevas, K. I., Mikhailidis, D. P., Antignani, P. L., Ascher, E., Baradaran, H., Bokkers, R. P. H., Cambria, R. P., Comerota, A. J., Dardik, A., Davies, A. H., Eckstein, H. H., Faggioli, G., Fernandes, J. F. E., Fraedrich, G., Geroulakos, G., Gloviczki, P., Golledge, J., Gupta, A., Jezovnik, M. K., ... Chaturvedi, S. (2022). Comparison of Recent Practice Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis. Angiology, 73(10), 903-910. [00033197221081914]. https://doi.org/10.1177/00033197221081914
    • van Dam-Nolen, D. H. K., Truijman, M. T. B., van der Kolk, A. G., Liem, M. I., Schreuder, F. H. B. M., Boersma, E., Daemen, M. J. A. P., Mess, W. H., van Oostenbrugge, R. J., van der Steen, A. F. W., Bos, D., Koudstaal, P. J., Nederkoorn, P. J., Hendrikse, J., van der Lugt, A., Kooi, M. E., & PARISK Study Group (2022). Carotid Plaque Characteristics Predict Recurrent Ischemic Stroke and TIA: The PARISK (Plaque At RISK) Study. JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging, 15(10), 1715-1726. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmg.2022.04.003
    • Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Simons, N., Kooi, M. E., de Ritter, R., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Bekers, O., Kooman, J., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Schram, M. T., Schaper, N. C., Schalkwijk, C. G., & Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2022). Intrahepatic lipid content is independently associated with soluble E-selectin levels: The Maastricht study. Digestive and Liver Disease, 54(8), 1038-1043. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dld.2022.01.130
    • Cheng, S. F., van Velzen, T. J., Gregson, J., Richards, T., Jager, H. R., Simister, R., Kooi, M. E., de Borst, G. J., Pizzini, F. B., Nederkoorn, P. J., Brown, M. M., & Bonati, L. H. (2022). The 2nd European Carotid Surgery Trial (ECST-2): rationale and protocol for a randomised clinical trial comparing immediate revascularisation versus optimised medical therapy alone in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic carotid stenosis at low to intermediate risk of stroke. Trials, 23(1), [606]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-022-06429-z
    • Raafs, A. G., Ghossein, M. A., Brandt, Y., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Kooi, M. E., Vernooy, K., Spaanderman, M. E. A., Gerretsen, S., van Santen, S., Driessen, R. G. H., Knackstedt, C., van der Horst, I. C. C., van Bussel, B. C. T., Heymans, S. R. B., Ghossein-Doha, C., & MaastrICCht Collaborators (2022). Cardiovascular outcome 6 months after severe coronavirus disease 2019 infection. Journal of Hypertension, 40(7), 1278-1287. https://doi.org/10.1097/hjh.0000000000003110
    • Saba, L., Antignani, P. L., Gupta, A., Cau, R., Paraskevas, K. I., Poredos, P., Wasserman, B., Kamel, H., Avgerinos, E. D., Salgado, R., Caobelli, F., Aluigi, L., Savastano, L., Brown, M., Hatsukami, T., Hussein, E., Suri, J. S., Mansilha, A., Wintermark, M., ... Blinc, A. (2022). International Union of Angiology (IUA) consensus paper on imaging strategies in atherosclerotic carotid artery imaging: From basic strategies to advanced approaches. Atherosclerosis, 354, 23-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2022.06.1014
    • Aizaz, M., van der Pol, J. A. J., Wierts, R., Zwart, H., van der Werf, A. J., Wildberger, J. E., Bucerius, J. A., Moonen, R. P. M., & Kooi, M. E. (2022). Evaluation of a Dedicated Radiofrequency Carotid PET/MRI Coil. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(9), [2569]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11092569