Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam
Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam is committed to a healthy population and excellence in healthcare through research and education (http://www.erasmusmc.nl) It is in the top ten of best medical institutes in Europe (QS World University Ranking 2014) and excels in various research fields, studying fundamental and clinical domains as well as public health and prevention with an annual research budget of around €139.7 million. Bibliometric indicators place Erasmus MC in the top 20 of clinical medicine worldwide; its publications are cited 1.75 times the world average. In addition to scientific research, patient care and education are core tasks of Erasmus MC. It is the top referral centre for a region of about five million inhabitants. ErasmusMC is also the largest medical school in the Netherlands, with ~3,100 medical students and 234 PhD graduations in 2013. Together, the students and almost 11,000 employees at Erasmus MC improve the individual patient care and public health of tomorrow.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (Laboratory of Experimental Echocardiography) started in 1968 and is part of the Thorax Centre of the Erasmus Medical Centre located in Rotterdam. The main goal of the research group is to develop new methodologies in the diagnostic ultrasound field to be used by clinicians (cardiologists, radiologists) in order to improve the diagnostic quality. Through the years, the group has expanded to more than 25 people.
The group has excellent expertise in visualisation of ultrasound contrast agent behaviour in an acoustic field using their unique fast framing camera (Brandaris, capable to acquire 25 million frames per second) for acoustic characterisation of UCAs.