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Platform Lung Imaging



“The platform imaging of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) is unique as it covers the entire range of imaging modalities and resolution levels along the translational chain from whole lung clinical and small animal radiological imaging via optical methods to electron microscopy”, says Professor Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, medical director of the department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (DIR) at the Heidelberg University Hospital who represents the platform as speaker and one of its scientific coordinators.

The platform ‘Imaging’ has been established as a network of complementing expertise and infrastructure to ensure scientific exchange and access to cutting-edge imaging technologies in research. Comprising radiology and microscopy, the platform ‘Imaging’ aims to identify and benefit from the interfaces between them.

The TLRC branch of the Opens external link in new windowDZL-Platform ‘Imaging’ benefits from the variety of research institutions involved and from the existing innovative and high level technical equipment at the Heidelberg University Campus. Young physicians and scientists from Germany and abroad interested or specialized in lung imaging are invited to practise and to collaborate in challenging projects supported by the Opens external link in new windowHeidelberg Thorax Imaging Platform – HTIP. Initiated in May 2010 by Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, HTIP takes advantage of the existing infrastructure of research institutions on the Heidelberg Campus to pool and foster specific knowledge and competence in pulmonary imaging between the partner institutions. It is a forum for the exchange of information and expertise between scientists and radiologists specialized in radiologic pulmonary research at the Heidelberg University Hospital, the Thoraxklinik at Heidelberg University Hospital, and the German Center for Cancer Research (DKFZ).

Organization & Contact

Supported by the TLRC, a central coordination office has been set up in Heidelberg in order to facilitate the communication between all members of the platform and to coordinate the conduct of projects within the TLRC and across partner sites.


Scientific Coordinator and Speaker

Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor
Director, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 110
69120 Heidelberg


Contact/Operations Office


Kerstin Burmester, Coordinator, Platform Imaging

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Phone: +49 (0) 6221-56-38741
Fax: +49 (0) 6221-56-4826

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Heidelberg University Hospital

Marsilius Arkaden, Turm West

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3

69120 Heidelberg

Image Bank

The Image Bank, hosted at the TLRC, provides services for indexing and hosting image data for all Opens external link in new windowDZL partners and in combination with our embedded image evaluation service we provide cutting edge technologies for automatic and semi-automatic image quantification. The image bank and image evaluation service comply with the ethical and legal framework, data protection and the corresponding DZL internal body of rules and regulations in operation at all partner sites.



Iven Fellhauer, Chief Operations Officer, Image Bank
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Phone: +49 (0) 6221-35159
Fax: +49 (0) 6221-56-4826


Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Heidelberg University Hospital
Marsilius Arkaden, Turm West

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3
69120 Heidelberg


The TLRC Platform ‘Imaging’ is an interdisciplinary research platform that investigates medical imaging’s role in the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases. The spectrum of our activities includes small animal imaging, life cell imaging and clinical imaging. We conduct original research in new methods and applications of diagnostic imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in pediatric and adult medicine. In cooperation with other investigators of the German Center for Lung Research (Opens external link in new windowDZL) we form a community of specialists in various fields with the common goal of understanding the mechanisms of pulmonary disorders using advanced techniques. Our common goal is an enhanced research output by providing mutual access to state-of-the-art imaging technology and techniques. Click here for information about the existing technical equipment in radiology and microscopy at the TLRC (University Hospital, Thoraxklinik, DKFZ, EMBL).

Current Projects

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Selected Publications

    Disease Area COPD

    • Lim HJ, Weinheimer O, Wielpütz MO, Dinkel J, Hielscher T, Gompelmann D, Kauczor HU, Heussel CP. Fully Automated Pulmonary Lobar Segmentation: Influence of Different Prototype Software Programs onto Quantitative Evaluation of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. PLoS One 2016; 11: e0151498.
    • Jobst BJ, Triphan SM, Sedlaczek O, Anjorin A, Kauczor HU, Biederer J, Ley-Zaporozhan J, Ley S, Wielputz MO. Functional lung MRI in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: comparison of T1 mapping, oxygen-enhanced T1 mapping and dynamic contrast enhanced perfusion. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0121520.

    Disease Area CF

    • Stahl M, Wielpütz MO, Graeber SY, Joachim C, Sommerburg O, Kauczor H-U, Puderbach M, Eichinger M, Mall MA. Comparison of lung clearance index and magnetic resonance imaging for assessment of lung disease in children with cystic fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2016; (Epub ahead of print).
    • Wielpütz MO, Eichinger M, Biederer J, Wege S, Stahl M, Sommerburg O, Mall MA, Kauczor HU, Puderbach M. Imaging of Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease and Clinical Interpretation. Rofo 2016; 188: 834-45.
    • Wielputz MO, Mall MA. Imaging modalities in cystic fibrosis: emerging role of MRI. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2015; 21(6):609-16.

    Disease Area PH

    • Rengier F, Worz S, Melzig C, Ley S, Fink C, Benjamin N, Partovi S, von Tengg-Kobligk H, Rohr K, Kauczor HU, Grunig E. Automated 3D Volumetry of the Pulmonary Arteries based on Magnetic Resonance Angiography Has Potential for Predicting Pulmonary Hypertension. PLoS One 2016; 11: e0162516.

    Disease Area LC

    • Biederer J, Ohno Y, Hatabu H, Schiebler ML, van Beek EJ, Vogel-Claussen J, Kauczor HU. Screening for lung cancer: Does MRI have a role? Eur J Radiol 2016.
    • von Stackelberg O, Kauczor HU. [Lung cancer screening with thoracic Xray and CT : Current situation]. Radiologe 2016; 56: 793-7.
    • Wielputz MO, Wroblewski J, Lederlin M, Dinkel J, Eichinger M, Koenigkam-Santos M, Biederer J, Kauczor HU, Puderbach MU, Jobst BJ. Computer-aided detection of artificial pulmonary nodules using an ex vivo lung phantom: influence of exposure parameters and iterative reconstruction. Eur J Radiol. 2015; 84(5):1005-11.
    • Kauczor HU, Bonomo L, Gaga M, Nackaerts K, Peled N, Prokop M, Remy-Jardin M, von Stackelberg O, Sculier JP, European Society of R, European Respiratory S. ESR/ERS white paper on lung cancer screening. Eur Respir J. 2015; 46(1):28-39.
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