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: Monitoring Intracranial Cerebral Hemorrhage Using Multicontrast Real-Time Magnetic Particle Imaging.
Written by: P. Szwargulski, M. Wilmes, E. Javidi, F. Thieben, M. Graeser, M. Koch, C. Gruettner, G. Adam, C. Gerhard, T. Magnus, T. Knopp, and P. Ludewig
in: <em>ACS Nano</em>. -- (2020).
Volume: <strong>14</strong>. Number: (10),
on pages: 13913-13923
Publisher: Future Medicine Ltd:
how published:
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.0c06326
PMID: 32941000

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Note: article, PMID: 32941000, openaccess

Abstract: Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is an innovative radiation-free tomographic imaging method providing excellent temporal resolution, contrast, sensitivity, and safety. Mobile human MPI prototypes suitable for continuous bedside monitoring of whole-brain perfusion have been developed. However, for the clinical translation of MPI, a crucial gap in knowledge still remains: while MPI can visualize the reduction in blood flow and tissue perfusion in cerebral ischemia, it is unclear whether MPI works in intracranial hemorrhage. Our objective was to investigate the capability of MPI to detect intracranial hemorrhage in a murine model. Intracranial hemorrhage was induced through the injection of collagenase into the striatum of C57BL/6 mice. After the intravenous infusion of a long-circulating MPI-tailored tracer consisting of superparamagnetic iron oxides, we detected the intracranial hemorrhage in less than 3 min and could monitor hematoma expansion in real time. Multicontrast MPI can distinguish tracers based on their physical characteristics, core size, temperature, and viscosity. By employing in vivo multicontrast MPI, we were able to differentiate areas of liquid and coagulated blood within the hematoma, which could provide valuable information in surgical decision making. Multicontrast MPI also enabled simultaneous imaging of hemorrhage and cerebral perfusion, which is essential in the care of critically ill patients with increased intracranial pressure. We conclude that MPI can be used for real-time diagnosis of intracranial hemorrhage. This work is an essential step toward achieving the clinical translation of MPI for point-of-care monitoring of different stroke subtypes.