MedViz – a Research & Development cluster in Bergen. MedViz is a cluster of groups performing interdisciplinary research in advanced image analysis and visualisation bridging the gap between “bench and bedside”. MedViz also includes imaging physics and fundamental biomedical translational research. Our mission is to promote the development of biomedical and clinical imaging technologies with the ultimate goal of improving diagnosis and treatment of patients. MedViz wants to develop new clinical methods for potential commercialisation by means of denovo software for analysis, decision support and visual communication.
PhD defence

Ultrasound in Crohn’s Disease - bowel wall characteristics and perfusion estimates using microbubbles 

PhD defence by Kim Nylund



 Dr. Kim Nylund defended his PhD thesis at Haukeland University Hospital on Friday 18.01.2013.

Crohn’s disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease which often presents early in life and sometimes can be debilitating. The patients need frequent diagnostic work-up to assess disease activity, location, extent and if complications have occurred. This warrants diagnostic tools which are of little nuisance to the patient, available, affordable and objective. Diagnostic ultrasound imaging could potentially fulfill these criteria. A specific problem in patients with CD is the differentiation of inflammation and fibrosis in the thickened bowel wall when an obstruction develops. Improved differentiation could lead to better tailoring of treatment.

The main aim of the thesis was to examine if there were ultrasound criteria which could separate fibrosis and inflammation. Three papers have been published or accepted for publication in international peer review journals, together with 13 different co-authors, showing a broad co-operation.

Dr. Kim Nylund concluded that a thickened muscular mucosa and echo changes in the submucosa as well as a reduced blood volume and flow could be indications of fibrostenotic disease and thus might support a decision for surgical treatment.

Professor Trygve Hausken was the main supervisor and both Svein Ødegaard (former leader of National Centre for Ultrasound in Gastroenterology) and Professor Odd Helge Gilja were co-supervisors. The work was funded by the University of Bergen and Helse Bergen and performed at the Institute of Medicine, University of Bergen and Department of Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital. Dr. Kim Nylund also cooperated with the National Centre for Ultrasound in Gastroenterology, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence, and with MedViz.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 11:52
New MedViz project

New MedViz project opportunity!

It is now open for a new MedViz project application. Maximum financial support: 300 KNOK.

Deadline April 30. 2013. Please, find  the application form.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:53
MedViz Conference 2013

Thanks to all the participants at the 7th MedViz Conference 2013


On the 15th of January, 115 participants attended the 7th MedViz conference which was arranged in Hotel Grand Terminus Hall in Bergen. Seven invited international speakers ensured a high standard of the presentations, followed by 13 selected local speakers who also contributed significantly to give the audience value for their time. The MedViz Evaluation Committee was also present and elevated the international participation. Maybe we should think about a real international conference next year? This year MedViz Conference also included a cultural event, by the live premiere of the MedViz Song, written and performed by the local choir “Hellemyrsfolket” during the delicious dinner. Dr. Erlend Hodneland won the prize for the best poster. You will find link to the Abstract book.


Dr.Erlend Hodneland (to the right) from the Department of Biomedicine, UiB, won an iPAD for the best poster: Combined motion correction and segmentation of DCE-MRI kidney data, handed over by MedViz’ Scientific Director Professor Odd Helge Gilja and Professor Antonella Zanna Munthe-Kaas.



Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 16:24
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