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: 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
how published:
DOI: 10.1515/cdbme-2019-0048.

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