"Being a radiologist I want to help patients using novel-images to locate cancer, to show how aggressive it is, and how far it spreads." "In this way, I want to help them to have personalized-treatment with a better chance for cure and fewer side-effects."

- To standardize Prostate-MRI, I initiated with my colleagues PI-RADS. This now is a world-standard to detect aggressive prostate cancer with reduced biopsy-procedures.
- I never gave up on Combidex-nano-MRI: and now it is back (called Ferrotran-MRI). With this technique, very small (1.5 mm) lymph node metastases of any cancer can be detected, that are negative on PSMA-scans.

- Royal Decoration: "Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion"
- EAU 2020 Innovation Award
- Honorary Member Japanese Radiological Society
- Honorary Member Polish Medical Radiological Society
- Dutch Radiology Wertheim Salomonson Medal
- SAR Lifetime Achievement Award
- Queen Wilhelmina Research Award (2,000,000€)
- Best Scientific Paper European Urology 2017
- 3x SCBTMR Lauterbur Award

I am a medical doctor since 1980 and had my research Ph.D. in 1990. Now I am Professor of Radiology and the Chair of the Radboudumc Prostate MR-Reference Center. This Center provides education and quality control in prostate-MRI. I am (co)author of >500 peer-reviewed papers, >30,000 citations, with an h-factor of 86 (Google-scholar).

I am proud to be Imaging Editor of European Urology (IF >17). I am trying to implement high-quality prostate-MRI through education and quality control. Therefore, I am setting up a network of Centers of Excellence. 

My patients tell me that they like my empathy. I always try to put them in the center. This is probably because I was a patient myself. I had severe spinal-nerve damage with a temporary partial spinal cord paralysis due to surgical complications in 2006

To achieve my goals I can be pretty persistent. This is due to my devotion and passion. I sometimes forget that changes in medical health care take time. I am consulted by patients from all over the world, rich or poor, famous or unknown.

I like to present and educate, see it yourself: "TEDx 2012 yes we scan": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYAi74bWyOk (this was quite a provocative talk for urologists)

I have dreams to make come true: 
1. Global prostate cancer screening using PSA + MRI
2. Global approval and use of nano (Ferrotran) MRI
3. Global prostate-MRI cloud-network to catalyze Artificial Intelligence.

Honorary Membership Japanese Radiological Society

Best Clinical Paper European Urology 2017

I fight prostate cancer using images, more specifically:

1. With the help of my ESUR and the ACR, creating the world-standard "PI-RADS" to enable early detection of aggressive prostate cancer using multiparametric (prostate) MRI.

2. in trying to optimize MRI-quality and to introduce prostate cancer screening using prostate-MRI in patients with elevated PSA or abnormal DRE.

3. To give rebirth of Combidex-MRI (now called Ferrotran- or nano-MRI), to detect 1.5 mm lymph node metastases of any cancer.

4. Explore the potential of Artificial Intelligence to detect prostate cancer and nodal metastasis.


See for Prostaat MRI (in Dutch): 


"NEWS" What Urologists Need to Know. Educational papers in European urology

"NEWS": Honorary Membership PMSR

June 2019: Honorary Membership Polish Medical Society of Radiology

"NEWS" Imaging Editor European Urology

Combidex-MRI detects small nodal metastases, and improves treatment

This video show the experience of 2 patients with prostate cancer and Combidex MRI

PI-RADS v2.1 paper (for download below)

PI-RADS v2.1

Full PI-RADS v2.1 paper by ACR PI-RADS Steering Committee


'4M' Study

4M Study: Prospective, multicenter, powered, comparative effectiveness study included 626 biopsy-naïve patients.

Drost et al 2019 Cochrane Review Prostate MRI

256 pages document: "A MUST for all of us who deal with Prostate Cancer!"

PI-RADS v2.1

ACR Steering Committee PI-RADS v2.1

PI-RADS v2 Update and Future Directions

PI-RADS Implementation Editorial


Synopsis PI-RADS v2

Ferrotran nano-MRI movie

This video shows the working mechanism of Ferrotran for nano-MRI