Quantification and visualization of blood flow dynamics and tissue characteristics

My research interest is in cardiovascular imaging, with focus on the assessment of blood flow dynamics and tissue characteristics.

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The primary purpose of the cardiovascular system is to drive, control and maintain blood flow to all parts of the body. Today, cardiovascular diagnostics relies almost exclusively on function estimation based on the morphology of chambers and vessels. Cardiac and vascular wall motion are often deduced from the morphological images, and not measured directly. Flow characteristics are mainly assumed.

The focus of my research group is to develop the next generation of methods for the non-invasive assessment of cardiovascular diseases and therapies by focusing on blood flow dynamics and wall characterization in health and disease.

We aim to develop quantitative techniques for the assessment of blood flow, wall motion and tissue characteristics. The majority of the methods are based on magnetic resonance imaging, which allows for non-invasive measurement of velocity and displacement in all directions and dimensions, as well as quantitative tissue characterization in the human body and many materials. Recently, we have also managed to obtain functional information, as blood flow and myocardial function, from computer tomography data using advanced image processing and simulations. By utilizing the techniques across a range of basic biological science investigations, mechanical devices, and clinical questions, we intend to increase the knowledge about the role of blood flow and wall motion in the cardiovascular system. With this translational research approach, we expect to improve the in-depth understanding and diagnostics of cardiovascular disease and treatment strategies.


Positions and degrees

  • 2015 Visiting professor, University of California in San Francisco, CA, USA

  • 2011 Professor in Physiological Measurements
  • 2007 Docent in Biomedical Modelling and Simulation 
  • 2002 – 2004 Predevelopment Engineer, Philips Medical Systems, Netherlands

  • 2001 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering

  • 1996 Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering


Recent assignments

  • 2021 - Chair Strategic area Circulation and Metabolism (LiU-CircM)
  • 2021 - Board, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Linköping University
  • 2020 - Research Council of the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization
  • 2007 - Co-director, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Group


  • Examiner for the course Physiological pressures and flows (TBMT09)
  • Examiner Master projects Biomedical Engineering (TQMD30/33)
  • Examiner Master projects Electrical Engineering (TQET30/33)



Malenka M. Bissell, Francesca Raimondi, Lamia Ait Ali, Bradley D. Allen, Alex J. Barker, Ann F Bolger, Nicholas Burris, Carljohan Carlhäll, Jeremy D. Collins, Tino Ebbers, Christopher J. Francois, Alex Frydrychowicz, Pankaj Garg, Julia Geiger, Hojin Ha, Anja Hennemuth, Michael D. Hope, Albert Hsiao, Kevin Johnson, Sebastian Kozerke, Liliana E. Ma, Michael Markl, Duarte Martins, Marci Messina, Thekla H. Oechtering, Pim van Ooij, Cynthia Rigsby, Jose Rodriguez-Palomares, Arno A. W. Roest, Alejandro Roldan-Alzate, Susanne Schnell, Julio Sotelo, Matthias Stuber, Ali B. Syed, Johannes Toeger, Rob van der Geest, Jos Westenberg, Liang Zhong, Yumin Zhong, Oliver Wieben, Petter Dyverfeldt (2023) 4D Flow cardiovascular magnetic resonance consensus statement: 2023 update Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Vol. 25, Article 40 Continue to DOI