Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Knopp

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)
Sektion für Biomedizinische Bildgebung
Lottestraße 55
2ter Stock, Raum 209
22529 Hamburg
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Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH)
Institut für Biomedizinische Bildgebung
Gebäude E, Raum 4.044
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3
21073 Hamburg

Tel.: 040 / 7410 56794
Fax: 040 / 7410 45811
E-Mail: t.knopp(at)
E-Mail: tobias.knopp(at)



  • Head of the Institute for Biomedical Imaging
  • Editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Magnetic Particle Imaging (IJMPI)

Consulting Hours

  • On appointment

Research Interests

  • Tomographic Imaging
  • Image Reconstruction
  • Signal- and Image Processing
  • Magnetic Particle Imaging

Curriculum Vitae

Tobias Knopp received his Diplom degree in computer science in 2007 and his PhD in 2010, both from the University of Lübeck with highest distinction. For his PHD on the tomographic imaging method Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) he was awarded with the Klee award from the DGBMT (VDE) in 2011. From 2010 until 2011 he led the MAPIT project at the University of Lübeck and published the first scientific book on MPI. In 2011 he joined Bruker Biospin to work on the first commercially available MPI system. From 2012 until 2014 he worked at Thorlabs in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) as a software developer. In 2014 he has been appointed as Professor for experimental Biomedical Imaging at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and the Hamburg University of Technology.


Title: Viscosity quantification using multi-contrast magnetic particle imaging.
Written by: M. Möddel, C. Meins, J. Dieckhoff, and T. Knopp
in: <em>New Journal of Physics</em>. (2018).
Volume: <strong>20</strong>. Number: (8),
on pages: 083001
how published:
DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aad44b


Note: article, multi-contrast, openaccess

Abstract: Abstract Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is a relatively new tomographic imaging technique using static and oscillating magnetic fields to image the spatial distribution of magnetic nanoparticles. The latter being the contrast MPI has been initially designed for. However, recently it has been shown that MPI can be extended to a multi-contrast method that allows to simultaneously image the signals of different MPI tracer materials. Additionally, it has been shown that changes in the particles environment, e.g. the viscosity have an impact on the MPI signal and can potentially be used for functional imaging. The purpose of the present work is twofold. First, we generalize the MPI imaging equation to describe different multi-contrast settings in a unified framework. This allows for more precise interpretation and discussion of results obtained by single- and multi-contrast reconstruction. Second, we propose and validate a method that allows to determine the viscosity of a small sample from a dual-contrast reconstruction. To this end, we exploit a calibration curve mapping the sample viscosity onto the relative signal weights within the channels of the dual-contrast reconstruction. The latter allows us to experimentally determine the viscosity of the particle environment in the range of 1 mPas to 51.8 mPas with a relative methodological error of less than 6%.