MRI Research Amsterdam UMC

Thijs de Buck

MR physicist & business developer

After completing degrees in physics and experimental physics at Leiden University, Thijs de
Buck obtained a PhD in the physics of “ultra-high field” 7 Tesla MRI at the University of
Oxford. His research in Oxford focused on improving neurovascular MRI acquisition and
reconstruction methods at 7 Tesla, with the goal of visualizing both very small intracranial
vessels and the structure of (pathological) vessel walls. Due to the increased signal strength at
ultra-high field strengths, 7 Tesla MRI makes it possible to visualize these structures in more
detail than on conventional scanners operating at 1.5 or 3 Tesla. Therefore, 7 Tesla MRI has
the potential to provide new insights into neurovascular diseases such as stroke and dementia.
In 2023, Thijs joined the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging at the Amsterdam UMC. The
Spinoza Centre houses both a 3 Tesla and a 7 Tesla MRI scanner. In a combined role as an
MR physicist and business developer, he aims to assist clinicians and researchers in utilizing
benefits of these MRI scanners and their enhanced image quality. Using his experiences in
the fundamental development and optimization of 7 Tesla MRI sequences, he aims to provide
optimal solutions for users to improve their image quality by integrating 7 Tesla MRI into
their work.