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


  • 2021
    • Saba, L., Brinjikji, W., Spence, J. D., Wintermark, M., Castillo, M., Borst, G. J. D., Yang, Q., Yuan, C., Buckler, A., Edjlali, M., Saam, T., Saloner, D., Lal, B. K., Capodanno, D., Sun, J., Balu, N., Naylor, R., Lugt, A. V. D., Wasserman, B. A., ... Moody, A. R. (2021). Roadmap Consensus on Carotid Artery Plaque Imaging and Impact on Therapy Strategies and Guidelines: An International, Multispecialty, Expert Review and Position Statement. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 42(9), 1566-1575. https://doi.org/10.3174/ajnr.A7223
    • Camarasa , R., Bos, D., Hendrikse, J., Nederkoorn, P. J., Kooi, E., van der Lugt, A., & de Bruijne, M. (2021). A Quantitative Comparison of Epistemic Uncertainty Maps Applied to Multi-Class Segmentation. The Journal of Machine Learning for Biomedical Imaging , 013, 1-39 . https://www.melba-journal.org/pdf/2021:013.pdf
    • Dilba, K., Van Dam-Nolen, D. H. K., Crombag, G. A. J. C., van der Kolk, A. G., Koudstaal, P. J., Nederkoorn, P. J., Hendrikse, J., Kooi, M. E., van der Steen, A. F. W., Wentzel, J. J., van der Lugt, A., & Bos, D. (2021). Dolichoarteriopathies of the extracranial internal carotid artery: The Plaque At RISK study. European Journal of Neurology, 28(9), 3133-3138. https://doi.org/10.1111/ene.14982
    • Nies, K. P. H., Smits, L. J. M., Kassem, M., Nederkoorn, P. J., van Oostenbrugge, R. J., & Kooi, M. E. (2021). Emerging Role of Carotid MRI for Personalized Ischemic Stroke Risk Prediction in Patients With Carotid Artery Stenosis. Frontiers in Neurology, 12, [718438]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2021.718438
    • Holtackers, R. J., Van De Heyning, C. M., Chiribiri, A., Wildberger, J. E., Botnar, R. M., & Kooi, M. E. (2021). Dark-blood late gadolinium enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance for improved detection of subendocardial scar: a review of current techniques. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 23(1), [96]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12968-021-00777-6
    • Van Dam-Nolen, D. H. K., van Dijk, A. C., Crombag, G. A. J. C., Lucci, C., Kooi, M. E., Hendrikse, J., Nederkoorn, P. J., Daemen, M. J. A. P., van der Steen, A. F. W., Koudstaal, P. J., Kronenberg, F., van Lennep, J. E. R., Mulder, M. T., & van der Lugt, A. (2021). Lipoprotein(a) levels and atherosclerotic plaque characteristics in the carotid artery: The Plaque at RISK (PARISK) study. Atherosclerosis, 329, 22-29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2021.06.004
    • Paraskevas, K., Mikhailidis, D. P., Baradaran, H., Davies, A. H., Eckstein, H-H., Faggioli, G., Fernandes, J. F. E., Gupta, A., Jezovnik, M. K., Kakkos, S. K., Katsiki, N., Kooi, M. E., Lanza, G., Liapis, C. D., Loftus, I. M., Millon, A., Nicolaides, A. N., Poredos, P., Pini, R., ... Chaturvedi, S. (2021). Management of Patients with Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis May Need to Be Individualized: A Multidisciplinary Call for Action. Journal of Stroke, 23(2), 202-212. https://doi.org/10.5853/jos.2020.04273
    • Florea, A., Kooi, M. E., Mess, W., Schurgers, L. J., Bucerius, J., & Mottaghy, F. M. (2021). Effects of Combined Vitamin K2 and Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Na[18F]F PET/MRI in Patients with Carotid Artery Disease: The INTRICATE Rationale and Trial Design. Nutrients, 13(3), [994]. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030994
    • van Haare, J., Kooi, M. E., Vink, H., Post, M. J., van Teeffelen, J. W. G. E., Slenter, J., Munts, C., Cobelens, H., Strijkers, G. J., Koehn, D., & van Bilsen, M. (2021). Correction to: Early impairment of coronary microvascular perfusion capacity in rats on a high fat diet. Cardiovascular Diabetology, 20(1), [51]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12933-021-01239-0
    • Dilba, K., van Dijk, A. C., Crombag, G. A. J. C., van der Steen, A. F. W., Daemen, M. J., Koudstaal, P. J., Nederkoorn, P. J., Hendrikse, J., Kooi, M. E., van der Lugt, A., & Wentzel, J. J. (2021). Association between Intraplaque Hemorrhage and Vascular Remodeling in Carotid Arteries: The Plaque at RISK (PARISK) Study. Cerebrovascular Diseases, 50(1), 94-99. https://doi.org/10.1159/000511935