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Magnus Borga

Deputy Dean, Professor

My research is within Biomedical Image analysis, which deals with the development and study of automated methods for analysing medical images. The goal is to use e.g. magnetic resonance imaging, for quantification of clinical biomarkers.

Biomedical Image Analysis

Biomedical Image Analysis is a research area where new methods and techniques for depicting anatomy and function of the human body and its organs are developed and studied. An important area in this field is the development of non-invasive imaging biomarkers. One example of such biomarkers is fat infiltration in the liver, muscles and other organs.

Earlier, this has commonly been assessed using biopsies, which is often painful and may expose the patient to a risk for complications. By using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging, fat infiltration in various organs can be assessed in a painless and harmless way.

About me


  • MSc, Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering 1991
  • PhD, Computer Vision, 1998
  • Full Professor, 2008 - present
  • Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, 2010-2011
  • Associate Dean at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2012-2017
  • Founder and CTO, AMRA Medical AB

Field of Teaching

  • I am examiner and lecturer in the course Neural networks and Learning Systems (TBMI26), which is given at many or the Technical faculty's master programs.

Grants (PI)

  • 2020 - 2023: Swedish Research Council, VR/NT: 3,200 kSEK
  • 2016 - 2017: Vinnova: 1,710 kSEK
  • 2016: LiU Cancer: 300 kSEK
  • 2014: LiU Cancer: 150 kSEK
  • 2007-2009: Swedish Research Council, VR/NT, 2,310 kSEK
  • 2006-2008: Swedish Research Council, VR/M, 1,050 kSEK
  • 2003-2005: Swedish Research Council, VR/M, 1,560 kSEK
  • 2003-2005: Vinnova and SSF, 4,000 kSEK



Cover of publication 'MRI scan body'
Magnus Borga, Janne West, Jimmy Bell, Nicholas Harvey, Thobias Romu, Steven Heymsfield, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard (2018)

Journal of Investigative Medicine , Vol.66 , s.887-895 Continue to DOI

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Martin E. Lidell, Matthias J. Betz, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Mikael Heglind, Louise Elander, Marc Slawik, Thomas Mussack, Daniel Nilsson, Thobias Romu, Pirjo Nuutila, Kirsi A. Virtanen, Felix Beuschlein, Anders Persson, Magnus Borga, Sven Enerbäck (2013)

Nature Medicine , Vol.19 , s.631-634 Continue to DOI

Latest publications


Nils Lund, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, James M Elliott, Gunnel Peterson, Magnus Borga, Peter Zsigmond, Anette Karlsson, Anneli Peolsson (2023) Fatty infiltrate and neck muscle volume in individuals with chronic whiplash associated disorders compared to healthy controls - a cross sectional case-control study BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 24, Article 181 Continue to DOI
Sigrid Nilsson, Mats Hammar, Janne West, Magnus Borga, Sofia Thorell, Anna-Clara Spetz Holm (2023) Resistance training decreased abdominal adiposity in postmenopausal women Maturitas, Vol. 176, Article 107794 Continue to DOI


Magnus Borga, André Ahlgren, Sarah Weston (2022) MRI-Based Body Composition Analysis Basic Protocols in Foods and Nutrition, p. 307-334 Continue to DOI
Erik Niklasson, Magnus Borga, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Per Widholm, Daniel P Andersson, Anna Wiik, Mats Holmberg, Torkel B Brismar, Thomas Gustafsson, Tommy R Lundberg (2022) Assessment of anterior thigh muscle size and fat infiltration using single-slice CT imaging versus automated MRI analysis in adults British Journal of Radiology, Vol. 95, Article 20211094 Continue to DOI
Sanaa Tejani, Cody McCoy, Colby R. Ayers, Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley, Jean-Pierre Després, Jennifer Linge, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Mikael Petersson, Magnus Borga, Ian J. Neeland (2022) Cardiometabolic Health Outcomes Associated With Discordant Visceral and Liver Fat Phenotypes: Insights From the Dallas Heart Study and UK Biobank Mayo Clinic proceedings, Vol. 97, p. 225-237 Continue to DOI


Anette Karlsson, Anneli Peolsson, Thobias Romu, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Anna-Clara Spetz, Sofia Thorell, Janne West, Magnus Borga (2021) The effect on precision and T1 bias comparing two flip angles when estimating muscle fat infiltration using fat-referenced chemical shift-encoded imaging NMR in Biomedicine, Vol. 34, Article e4581 Continue to DOI


Magnus Borga, Andre Ahlgren, Thobias Romu, Per Widholm, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Janne West (2020) Reproducibility and repeatability of MRI-based body composition analysis Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Vol. 84, p. 3146-3156 Continue to DOI


Anette Karlsson, Anneli Peolsson, James Elliott, Thobias Romu, Helena Ljunggren, Magnus Borga, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard (2019) The relation between local and distal muscle fat infiltration in chronic whiplash using magnetic resonance imaging. PLOS ONE, Vol. 14, Article e0226037 Continue to DOI
Jennifer Linge, Brandon Whitcher, Magnus Borga, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard (2019) Sub-phenotyping Metabolic Disorders Using Body Composition: An Individualized, Nonparametric Approach Utilizing Large Data Sets Obesity, Vol. 27, p. 1190-1199 Continue to DOI
Anneli Peolsson, Anette Karlsson, Bijar Ghafouri, Tino Ebbers, Maria Engström, Margaretha Jönsson, Karin Wåhlén, Thobias Romu, Magnus Borga, Eythor Kristjansson, Hilla Sarig Bahat, Dmitry German, Peter Zsigmond, Gunnel Peterson (2019) Pathophysiology behind prolonged whiplash associated disorders: study protocol for an experimental study BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 20, Article 51 Continue to DOI


My research is funded by the Swedish Research Council with the project "Anatomical Manifolds for Interactive Radiomics in Studies of Metabolic and Muscle Degenerative Diseases" (VR: 2019-04751).
Image: Anders Brun, Hae-Jeong Park, Hans Knutsson och Carl-Fredrik Westin

Biomedical Image Science

We develop methods & techniques for depicting anatomy & function in the human body & its organs. From imaging techniques, through methods of analysis and quantification of image information, to validation of new methods and image-based biomarkers