ESHIMTMission statement

ESHIMT is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and coordinating the scientific, intellectual and professional activities of individuals working in the following areas: hybrid imaging incorporating two or more imaging modalities, imaging of tissue function, and imaging at cellular and molecular levels.

The mission of the society is to develop clinically relevant imaging probes and technologies and translate them from bench to bedside to help improve patient care. This will be achieved through training, education and research.

ESHIMT is open to anybody working in these areas of imaging including: physicians, scientists, physicists, technologists, radiographers, and others. ESHIMT will foster specific educational and training programmes to evolve and disseminate knowledge about these new areas of imaging in the medical community across Europe and the world.

ESHIMT will support world-leading science and research through scientific conferences and workshops, as well as fostering and supporting international, cross-specialty research projects. ESHIMT will promote hybrid imaging and the validation and implementation of new functional and molecular imaging biomarkers, as well as developing recommendations for their use in clinical and research settings, together with ESR and other national and international bodies. The ultimate goal of the society is to improve hybrid imaging modalities and to foster their translation into routine clinical practice for the benefit of our patients.

Executive Committee

President - Katrine Riklund, Umeå/Sweden

A 4561179Katrine Riklund, graduated at Umeå university in 1988, licensed in radiology in 1994 and in nuclear medicine in 1997. She defended her PhD thesis about radioimmunoscintigraphy and radioimmunitherapy, in 1992, and received a position as senior lecturer in 1993.

In 2002 she was appointed as full clinical professor in diagnostic radiology at Umeå University and she still holds that position. During 2000-2002 Dr. Riklund was the head of the clinical department of Radiology at Umeå university hospital and is thereafter responsible for the department of nuclear medicine. She was deputy dean of the medical faculty 2008-2011 and is now the director of the medical school. 

Dr. Riklund started her work in science in translational research between immunology and nuclear medicine by developing and evaluation of monoclonal antibodies in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancers.Thereafter hybrid imaging took her interest and imaging research in cognition, neurodegeneration and movement disorders was added. Oncologic imaging of prostate and colorectal cancer is her third area of interest.

The linker between the different areas in her research is hybrid imaging, SPECT/CT, PET/CT and PET/MR. The research also includes a focus on dopamine in imaging, both pre- and postsynaptic.

She has several commitments in radiology societies and is the past president of both the Swedish society of radiology and the Swedish society of nuclear medicine. She is the Chair of the Board of Center for medical image science and visualisation, University of Linköping, Sweden. At moment, she is the Chair of the Board of the European Society of Radiology and the first President of the European Society of Hybrid Medical Imaging.

Read Prof. Katrine Riklund’s CV here [.pdf]

Vice-President - Osman Ratib, Geneva/Switzerland

Pic_Osman RatibProfessor Osman Ratib is dual board certified in cardiology and Nuclear Medicine and carries a PhD in Biomedical Physics in digital imaging. In July 1998 he was appointed as Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Radiology at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

He was responsible for coordinating the deployment of an enterprise-wide strategy and infrastructure for image management and communication. In July 2005 he returned to Geneva to take the position chair of the Department of Medical Imaging and Information Sciences and head of the Nuclear Medicine division. He pioneered several innovative projects in hybrid molecular imaging PET-CT and SPECT-CT and the first whole-body PET-MRI unit in Europe.

He is founder and president of the OsiriX foundation, a non-profit organization for the promotion of Open-Source software in medicine. Founder and director of the Translational Molecular Imaging Institute in Geneva, created under the joint leadership of to the University of Geneva and Technical university EPFL in Lausanne.

Read Prof. Osman Ratib’s CV here [.pdf]

Treasurer - Thomas Beyer, Vienna/Austria

Pic_Thomas BeyerThomas Beyer holds a PhD in Physics and is co-developer of combined PET/CT imaging systems. He has a background in research and project management in academia and imaging industry.

Thomas graduated in Physics from the Leipzig University (Germany) and got his PhD in Medical Physics from Surrey University (UK). During his US-based studies he became involved in the development and clinical testing of the first PET/CT prototype (1992-2000) before joining Siemens/CTI PET Systems as an International PET/CT specialist.

In 2002 he became a Research Associate in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology and PET/CT project manager at Essen University Hospital (Germany). In 2006 he became Teaching Professor (Priv.-Doz.) for Experimental Nuclear Medicine at Essen, and joined timaq medical imaging Inc, a Zurich-based Imaging CRO. In 2007 Thomas moved to Philips Medical Systems as International Manager Clinical Science Nuclear Medicine. In 2008 he set up a Zurich-based consulting company for expert advise in cross-modality imaging and applications. He is appointed full professor of Physics of Medical Imaging at the Medical University of Vienna from March 2013.

Thomas is a member of various national and international Medicine organizations, a founding member of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) Physics Committee, the European Society of Hybrid Imaging (ESHI) and past Head of the New Technology working group at the Association of Imaging Producers and Equipment Suppliers (AIPES).

Read Prof. Thomas Beyer’s CV here [.pdf]

Member at Large - Gerald Antoch, Dusseldorf/Germany

Pic_Gerald AntochGerald Antoch is professor of radiology and chairman of the department of diagnostic and interventional radiology at Düsseldorf University Hospital.

After completing his medical training, Dr. Antoch began working in general surgery before starting his training in diagnostic and interventional radiology at Essen University Hospital. He became a board certified radiologist in 2004. From 2004 to 2008, he worked as a consultant radiologist and became vice chairman of the department of radiology at Essen University Hospital in 2008. In 2010 he was appointed chairman of the department of diagnostic and interventional radiology at Düsseldorf University Hospital.

Prof. Antoch’s scientific research focuses on clinical hybrid imaging. He has published 209 original scientific articles and reviews, as well as 20 book chapters. He has received widespread recognition for his work with a number of awards. In 2003, he received the Alavi-Mandell Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine, United States, and that same year he won Aunt Minnie’s Best Scientific Paper Award, which he won again in 2004. In 2005 he was awarded the Lodwick Award at Harvard Medical School followed by awards from the Bavarian Association of Nuclear Medicine and the German Cancer Research Center in the same year. In 2007 the German Radiological Society presented Prof. Antoch with the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Award.

Apart from his scientific and clinical work, Prof. Antoch is an active member of several scientific societies including the German Radiological Society, the German Society for Interventional Radiology, the Röntgen Society of North-Rhein-Westfalia, the German Society for Radiation Protection in Medicine, the German Society for Interdisciplinary Medicine and, of course, the European Society of Radiology. He is also no stranger to the ECR, where he has lectured and served on the ECR 2015 Programme Planning Committee.

Read Prof. Gerald Antoch’s CV here [.pdf]

Member at Large - Andrea Laghi, Latina/Italy

Pic_Andrea LaghiProfessor Andrea Laghi is Professor of Radiology at ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome and Medical Director of “Advanced Diagnostic Imaging” Unit at I.C.O.T. University Hospital, Latina/IT. He is also certified in Nuclear Medicine. His research interests lie in Abdominal Imaging and Oncology, including hybrid imaging.

He currently is a member of the Executive Committee of ESGAR and ESOI, member of EIBALL, member of Award Committee of RSNA and he is the ESR representative in the EU Expert Group on Cancer Control and ESGAR delegate at the General Assembly of United European Gastroenterology (UEG). Prof. Laghi is Honorary Member of SEDIA, the Spanish Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology, and of the Iranian Society of Radiology.

He is the author of over 200 papers on “peer reviewed” journals (IF: 903; H-index (Google Scholar): 46) and 11 textbooks. Professor Laghi is member of SIRM, ESR, ESGAR and RSNA.

Read Prof. Andrea Laghi’s CV here [.pdf]

Ex-Officio - Konstantin Nikolaou, Tuebingen/Germany

Pic_Konstantin NikolaouKonstantin Nikolaou is Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology in the Department of Radiology at the Eberhard-Karl-University in Tübingen, Germany. Prof. Nikolaou received his MD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in the year 2000, where he also became an Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals Munich, after finalizing his PhD-thesis on the topic of modern cardiovascular computed tomography techniques in 2007.

After working as a section chief of CT/PET-CT and MRI at the same department, he became Vice Chair of the Department of Clinical Radiology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich in April 2007.

He also is president of the European Society of Molecular and Functional Imaging in Radiology (ESMOFIR) and treasurer for the European Society of Cardiac Imaging (ESCR), Member of the Research Committee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and Honorary Member of the Greek Society of Radiology.

Prof. Konstantin Nikolaou joined the Eberhard-Karl-University Tübingen in April 2014 as Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. His main fields of interest are multimodality and multi-parametric imaging modalities in oncology as well as non-invasive imaging of cardiovascular diseases.

Read Prof. Konstantin Nikolaou’s CV here [.pdf]

Ex-Officio - Matthias Gutberlet, Leipzig/Germany

Pic_Matthias GutberletProf. Dr. Matthias Gutberlet is Specialist in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and currently is Head of the Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Leipzig. He is also President of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology (ESCR).

Clinical Work:

Beside diagnostic imaging and treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system our department provides the radiological service for the Park-Klinikum Leipzig with a main focus on the muscoloskeletal system, gastroenterology and pulmology. We are part of a “Onkozert” certified “Darm- and Pankreaszentrum” since 2008. My multimodality experience in oncology startet at the Charité, Campus Virchow, including PET/CT reading and was continued as a reviewer for Parexcel-Berlin in 2005/2006. At the University Leipzig I am still involved in clinical and research Activities at the PET/MR-system.


I was mainly involved in research projects dealing with Doppler-ultrasound, contrast agents, MDCT and MRI of the cardiovascular system, using the techniques of dynamic CTA, Dual Energy, iterative reconstruction, coronary CTA, MR-angiography, MR-volumetry, MR flow-measurements and MR-perfusion in humans and animal models. I am one of the project leaders of the German Competence Network for Congenital Heart Disease since 2003.

Recent studies of our group were dealing with dose reduction in CT, imaging and post-processing before and after TAVI and EVAR, MR viability assessment in comparison to SPECT, PET, MRI at 3.0T and studies on the assessment of inflammation by MRI. Furthermore, we have gathered the first experiences in PET/MR and interventional MRI.


Read Prof. Matthias Gutberlet’s CV here [.pdf]

ESHI representatives at ESR committees

Subspecialties and Allied Sciences Committee Katrine Riklund, Umea/Sweden
Education Committee Gerald Antoch, Dusseldorf/Germany
Quality, Safety and Standards Committee Osman Ratib, Geneva/Switzerland
Research Committee Thomas Beyer, Vienna/Austria


The ESHI Statutes are available for download/viewing as a PDF-document.