Dr.-Ing. Matthias Gräser

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)
Sektion für Biomedizinische Bildgebung
Lottestraße 55
2ter Stock, Raum 212
22529 Hamburg

Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH)
Institut für Biomedizinische Bildgebung
Gebäude E, Raum 4.044
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3
21073 Hamburg

Tel.: 040 / 7410 25812
E-Mail: matthias.graeser(at)tuhh.de
E-Mail: ma.graeser(at)uke.de

Research Interests

  • Magnetic Particle Imaging
  • Low Noise Electronics
  • Inductive Sensors
  • Passive Electrical Devices

Curriculum Vitae

Matthias Gräser submitted his Dr.-Ing. thesis in january 2016 at the institute of medical engineering (IMT) at the university of Lübeck and is now working as a Research Scientist at the institute for biomedical imaging (IBI) at the technical university in Hamburg, Germany.  Here he develops concepts for Magnetic-Particle-Imaging (MPI) devices. His main aim is to improve the sensitivity of the imageing devices and improve resolution and application possibilities of MPI technology.

In 2011 Matthias Gräser started to work at the IMT as a Research Associate in the Magnetic Particle Imaging Technology (MAPIT) project. In this project he devolped the analog signal chains for a rabbit sized field free line imager. Additionally he developed a two-dimensional Magnetic-Particle-Spectrometer. This device can apply various field sequences and measure the particle response with a very high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).

The dynamic behaviour of magnetic nanoparticles is still not fully understood. Matthias Gräser investigated the particle behaviour by modeling the particle behaviour with stochastic differential equations. With this model it is possible to simulate the impact of several particle parameters and field sequences on the particle response .

In 2010 Matthias Gräser finished his diploma at the Karlsruhe Institue of Technology (KIT). His diploma thesis investigated the nerve stimulation of magnetic fields in the range from 4 kHz to 25 kHz.

Journal Publications

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Title: 3D Printed Anatomical Model of a Rat for Medical Imaging.
Written by: M. Exner, P. Szwargulski, P. Ludewig, T. Knopp and M. Graeser
in: <em>Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering</em>. (2019).
Volume: <strong>5</strong>. Number: (1),
on pages: 187-190
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Note: article, 3Dprinting, hardware

Abstract: For medical research, approximately 115 million animals are needed every year. Rodents are used to test possible applications and procedures for the diagnosis of anatomical and physiological diseases. However, working with living animals increases the complexity of an experiment. Accurate experimental planning is essential in order to fulfill the 3R rules (replace, reduce and refine). Especially in tracer-based imaging modalities, such as magnetic particle imaging (MPI), where only nanoparticles give a positive contrast, the anatomical structure of the rodent is not visible without co-registration with another imaging modality. This leads to problems in the experimental planning, as parameters, such as field of view, rodent position and tracer concentration, have to be determined without visual feedback. In this work, a 3D CAD rat model is presented, which can be used to improve the experiment planning and thus reduce the number of animals required. It was determined using an anatomy atlas and 3D printed with stereolithography. The resulting model contains the most important organs and vessels as hollow cavities. By filling these with appropriate tracer materials, the phantom can be used in different imaging modalities such as MPI, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT). In a first MPI measurement, the phantom was filled with superparamagnetic nanoparticles. Finally, a successful visualization of all organs and vessels of the phantom was possible. This enables the planning of the experiment and the optimization of experimental parameters for a region of interest, where certain organs in a living animal are localized

Conference Proceedings

[132501]
Title: 3D Printed Anatomical Model of a Rat for Medical Imaging.
Written by: M. Exner, P. Szwargulski, P. Ludewig, T. Knopp and M. Graeser
in: <em>Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering</em>. (2019).
Volume: <strong>5</strong>. Number: (1),
on pages: 187-190
Chapter:
Editor:
Publisher:
Series:
Address:
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how published:
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DOI: 10.1515/cdbme-2019-0048.
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Note: article, 3Dprinting, hardware

Abstract: For medical research, approximately 115 million animals are needed every year. Rodents are used to test possible applications and procedures for the diagnosis of anatomical and physiological diseases. However, working with living animals increases the complexity of an experiment. Accurate experimental planning is essential in order to fulfill the 3R rules (replace, reduce and refine). Especially in tracer-based imaging modalities, such as magnetic particle imaging (MPI), where only nanoparticles give a positive contrast, the anatomical structure of the rodent is not visible without co-registration with another imaging modality. This leads to problems in the experimental planning, as parameters, such as field of view, rodent position and tracer concentration, have to be determined without visual feedback. In this work, a 3D CAD rat model is presented, which can be used to improve the experiment planning and thus reduce the number of animals required. It was determined using an anatomy atlas and 3D printed with stereolithography. The resulting model contains the most important organs and vessels as hollow cavities. By filling these with appropriate tracer materials, the phantom can be used in different imaging modalities such as MPI, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT). In a first MPI measurement, the phantom was filled with superparamagnetic nanoparticles. Finally, a successful visualization of all organs and vessels of the phantom was possible. This enables the planning of the experiment and the optimization of experimental parameters for a region of interest, where certain organs in a living animal are localized