Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Knopp

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)
Sektion für Biomedizinische Bildgebung
Lottestraße 55
2ter Stock, Raum 209
22529 Hamburg
Tel.: 040 / 7410 56794
Fax: 040 / 7410 45811
E-Mail: t.knopp(at)

Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH)
Institut für Biomedizinische Bildgebung
Gebäude E, Raum 4.044
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3
21073 Hamburg
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: Edge preserving and noise reducing reconstruction for magnetic particle imaging
Written by: M. Storath, C. Brandt, M. Hofmann, T. Knopp, J. Salamon, A. Weber, and A. Weinmann
in: IEEE Trans. Med. Imag. 2016
Volume: Number:
on pages: published online
how published:
DOI: 10.1109/TMI.2016.2593954

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Abstract: Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is an emerging medical imaging modality which is based on the non-linear response of magnetic nanoparticles to an applied magnetic field. It is an important feature of MPI that even fast dynamic processes can be captured for 3D volumes. The high temporal resolution in turn leads to large amounts of data which have to be handled efficiently. But as the system matrix of MPI is non-sparse, the image reconstruction gets computationally demanding. Therefore, currently only basic image reconstruction methods such as Tikhonov regularization are used. However, Tikhonov regularization is known to oversmooth edges in the reconstructed image and to have only a limited noise reducing effect. In this work, we develop an efficient edge preserving and noise reducing reconstruction method for MPI. As regularization model, we propose to use the nonnegative fused lasso model, and we devise a discretization that is adapted to the acquisition geometry of the preclinical MPI scanner considered in this work. We develop a customized solver based on a generalized forward-backward scheme which is particularly suitable for the dense and not well-structured system matrices in MPI. Already a non-optimized prototype implementation processes a 3D volume within a few seconds so that processing several frames per second seems amenable. We demonstrate the improvement in reconstruction quality over the state-of-the-art method in an experimental medical setup for an in-vitro angioplasty of a stenosis.