Prof Dr Peter Börnert



Peter Börnert, studied physics at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) receiving his Diploma degree in 1985. Then he joined the Academy of Sciences (Berlin) where he finished his PhD theses on 19F imaging in perfluorocarbones in 1990. He moved on a post-doc position at the University of Bremen and worked on ultra-fast RARE imaging.

In 1991, he joined Philips Research Hamburg working on a variety of methodological projects over a broad range of field strengths (0.01 – 7.0 T). He focused on fast and ultra-fast MRI acquisition techniques (EPI, spiral and UTE imaging), on RF pulse design and worked on parallel reception and parallel transmission. Philips Research promoted him to a Principal Scientist in 2001 being responsible for methodological innovations and projects, supporting pre-clinical evaluation and future product integration.

Peter Börnert’s scientific activity has resulted in about 100 peer-reviews scientific papers, numerous patents and more than 300 conference abstracts. He had the pleasure to work with many students (master and PhD degree) to support and supervise them. He is an active member of the ISMRM and helped to organise many international workshops and scientific meetings. He became a Fellow of the ISMRM in 2011.

In May 2012 Peter Börnert became a Professor for experimental clinical MR at the LUMC, a challenge next to his Philips Research obligations. He is working in the Radiology Department of the LUMC and at the Groter centre for high field imaging pursuing different research activities. One direction is obesity imaging to reveal underlying mechanisms and consequences for the heart and the whole body. Another topic is ultra short TE imaging to visualise tissue components and structures that are invisible to conventional clinical MRI. On top of this he is interested in advanced sampling and motion compensation strategies to especially improve image quality in ultra high field applications. These activities are conducted in very close collaboration with Gorter centre aiming to pave the way for ultra high field clinical MRI to patient’s benefit.

Key Publications

  • Dreher W, Börnert P, Gössler A. Tomographic Experiments on the Basis of a Solid State NMR Spectrometer. Exp Techn Phys 1986; 34, 379-386.
  • Börnert P, Dreher W, Schneider W. 19F chemical shift imaging in perfluorocarbons. NMR Biomed. 1989 Dec;2(5-6):278-83.
  • Norris DG, Börnert P, Reese T, Leibfritz D. On the application of ultra-fast RARE experiments. Magn Reson Med. 1992 Sep;27(1):142-64.
  • Börnert P, Jensen D. Coronary artery imaging at 0.5 T using segmented 3D echo planar imaging. Magn Reson Med. 1995 Dec;34(6):779-85.
  • Börnert P, Schäffter T. Curved slice imaging. Magn Reson Med. 1996 Dec;36(6):932-9.
  • Weiger M, Börnert P, Proksa R, Schäffter T, Haase A. Motion-adapted gating based on k-space weighting for reduction of respiratory motion artifacts. Magn Reson Med. 1997 Aug;38(2):322-33.
  • Börnert P, Aldefeld B. On spatially selective RF excitation and its analogy with spiral MR image acquisition. MAGMA. 1998 Dec;7(3):166-78.
  • Rasche V, Proksa R, Sinkus R, Börnert P, Eggers H. Resampling of data between arbitrary grids using convolution interpolation. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 1999 May;18(5):385-92.
  • Nehrke K, Börnert P, Groen J, Smink J, Bock JC. On the performance and accuracy of 2D navigator pulses. Magn Reson Imaging. 1999 Oct;17(8):1173-81.
  • Börnert P, Schomberg H, Aldefeld B, Groen J. Improvements in spiral MR imaging. MAGMA. 1999 Oct;9(1-2):29-41.
  • Börnert P, Aldefeld B, Eggers H. Reversed spiral MR imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2000 Sep;44(3):479-84.
  • Nehrke K, Börnert P, Manke D, Bock JC. Free-breathing cardiac MR imaging: study of implications of respiratory motion--initial results. Radiology. 2001 Sep;220(3):810-5.
  • Pruessmann KP, Weiger M, Börnert P, Boesiger P. Advances in sensitivity encoding with arbitrary k-space trajectories. Magn Reson Med. 2001 Oct;46(4):638-51.
  • Börnert P, Stuber M, Botnar RM, Kissinger KV, Koken P, Spuentrup E, Manning WJ. Direct comparison of 3D spiral vs. Cartesian gradient-echo coronary magnetic resonance angiography. Magn Reson Med. 2001 Oct;46(4):789-94.
  • Botnar RM, Kim WY, Börnert P, Stuber M, Spuentrup E, Manning WJ. 3D coronary vessel wall imaging utilizing a local inversion technique with spiral image acquisition. Magn Reson Med. 2001 Nov;46(5):848-54.
  • Stuber M, Börnert P, Spuentrup E, Botnar RM, Manning WJ. Selective three-dimensional visualization of the coronary arterial lumen using arterial spin tagging. Magn Reson Med. 2002 Feb;47(2):322-9.
  • Weiger M, Pruessmann KP, Osterbauer R, Börnert P, Boesiger P, Jezzard P. Sensitivity-encoded single-shot spiral imaging for reduced susceptibility artifacts in BOLD fMRI. Magn Reson Med. 2002 Nov;48(5):860-6.
  • Katscher U, Börnert P, Leussler C, Van den Brink JS. Transmit SENSE. Magn Reson Med. 2003 Jan;49(1):144-50.
  • Schröder C, Börnert P, Aldefeld B. Spatial excitation using variable-density spiral trajectories. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2003 Jul;18(1):136-41.
  • Manke D, Nehrke K, Börnert P. Novel prospective respiratory motion correction approach for free-breathing coronary MR angiography using a patient-adapted affine motion model. Magn Reson Med. 2003 Jul;50(1):122-31.
  • Börnert P. 2D-RF-pulse-encoded curved-slice imaging. MAGMA. 2003;16(2):86-92.
  • Stehning C, Börnert P, Nehrke K, Eggers H, Dossel O. Fast isotropic volumetric coronary MR angiography using free-breathing 3D radial balanced FFE acquisition. Magn Reson Med. 2004 Jul;52(1):197-203.
  • Winkelmann R, Börnert P, Dossel O. Ghost artifact removal using a parallel imaging approach. Magn Reson Med. 2005 Oct;54(4):1002-9.
  • Nehrke K, Börnert P. Prospective correction of affine motion for arbitrary MR sequences on a clinical scanner. Magn Reson Med. 2005 Nov;54(5):1130-8.
  • Rahmer J, Bornert P, Groen J, Bos C. Three-dimensional radial ultrashort echo-time imaging with T2 adapted sampling. Magn Reson Med. 2006 May;55(5):1075-82.
  • Aldefeld B, Börnert P, Keupp J. Continuously moving table 3D MRI with lateral frequency-encoding direction. Magn Reson Med. 2006 May;55(5):1210-6.
  • Börnert P, Keupp J, Eggers H, Aldefeld B. Whole-body 3D water/fat resolved continuously moving table imaging. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2007 Mar;25(3):660-5.
  • Kullberg J, Johansson L, Ahlström H, Courivaud F, Koken P, Eggers H, Börnert P. Automated assessment of whole-body adipose tissue depots from continuously moving bed MRI: A feasibility study. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Jun 25;30(1):185-193.
  • Katscher U, Lisinski J, Börnert P. RF encoding using a multi-element parallel transmit system. Magn Reson Med. 2010 Jun;63(6):1463-70.
  • Doneva M, Börnert P, Eggers H, Stehning C, Sénégas J, Mertins A. Compressed sensing reconstruction for magnetic resonance parameter mapping. Magn Reson Med. 2010 Oct;64(4):1114-20.
  • Börnert P, Koken P, Eggers H. Spiral water-fat imaging with integrated off-resonance correction on a clinical scanner. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2010 Nov;32(5):1262-7.
  • Doneva M, Börnert P, Eggers H, Mertins A, Pauly J, Lustig M. Compressed sensing for chemical shift-based water-fat separation. Magn Reson Med. 2010 Dec;64(6):1749-59.
  • Lin W, Börnert P, Huang F, Duensing GR, Reykowski A. Generalized GRAPPA operators for wider spiral bands: Rapid self-calibrated parallel reconstruction for variable density spiral MRI. Magn Reson Med. 2011 Oct;66(4):1067-78
  • Nielsen T, Börnert P. Iterative motion compensated reconstruction for parallel imaging using an orbital navigator. Magn Reson Med. 2011 Nov;66(5):1339-45.
  • Homann H, Börnert P, Eggers H, Nehrke K, Dössel O, Graesslin I. Toward individualized SAR models and in vivo validation. Magn Reson Med. 2011 Dec;66(6):1767-76.
  • Graesslin I, Homann H, Biederer S, Börnert P, Nehrke K, Vernickel P, Mens G, Harvey P, Katscher U. A specific absorption rate prediction concept for parallel transmission MR. Magn Reson Med. 2012 Nov;68(5):1664-74.
  • Nehrke K, Börnert P. DREAM-a novel approach for robust, ultrafast, mult-islice B1 mapping. Magn Reson Med. 2012 Nov;68(5):1517-26.
  • Wang J, Börnert P, Zhao H, Hippe DS, Zhao X, Balu N, Ferguson MS, Hatsukami TS, Xu J, Yuan C, Kerwin WS. Simultaneous noncontrast angiography and intraPlaque hemorrhage (SNAP) imaging for carotid atherosclerotic disease evaluation. Magn Reson Med. 2013 Feb;69(2):337-45.


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