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Medical Physics and Metrological Information Technology

Division 8

Developing measuring methods and measuring procedures in medicine is one major task of Division 8. Furthermore, the other is information technology - from mathematical modelling and software testing to the approval of gaming machines.








Colloquium of Division 8

„Medical Physics and Metrological IT“




Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Institut Berlin,

Abbestraße 2-12

10587 Berlin (Charlottenburg)



annett.weiland(at)ptb.de , Tel.: (0049 30) 3481 7254,

English: bjoern.brinkmann(at) ptb.de Tel.: (0049 30) 3481 7668

The aim of the colloquium is the inderdisciplinary exchange between fundamental and application-oriented research in the fields of medical physics and metrological IT. The colloquium hopes to support a dialogue between researchers, clinicians and representatives of industry. To this end, experts from various disciplines are invited to relay new theoretical and experimental approaches, and to discuss mutual fields of research from differing viewpoints. The colloquium is open to all PTB employees and guests.


Programme 2018:

February 8

Lecture hall, HvH-building

Prof. Dr. Anja Hennemuth, Charité, Institute for Imaging Science and Computational Modelling in Cardiovascular Medicine and Fraunhofer Mevis:

Initiates file downloadImage processing for image based therapy support in cardiovascular diseases

February 22
11:00 Uhr

 Prof. Dr. Eckard Quandt, Inorganic Functional Materials, Institute for Materials Science Faculty of Enineering, University of Kiel::

Initiates file downloadMagnetoelectronic Magnetic Field Sensors

April 20

Lecture Hall, HvH-building

Prof. Dr. med. Gabriel Curio, Department of Neurology with Experimental Neurology, Charité Berlin, Berlin Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience:

Initiates file downloadNon-invasive detection of human cerebral population spikes in MEG and EEG

April 26

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Zaunseder, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Technical University Dresden:

Initiates file downloadNichtinvasive kontinuierliche Blutdruckmessung - etablierte und innovative Ansätze

May 30

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Prof. Dr. Oswaldo Baffa, University of Sao Paolo (USP), Brazil:

„Biomagnetism at South of the Equator“

May 31

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Dr. Andrew N. Cookson, University of Bath, England:

Initiates file downloadComputational Modelling and Simulation of Magnetic Resonance Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

July 6

Conference room (310), Siemens building

 Prof. Paola Taroni, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Physics, Milano, Italy:

Initiates file downloadDiffuse optical spectroscopy and imaging: Focus on breast cancer

September 17

Lecture Hall, HvH-building

 Daniel Giese, Ph.D., Research group leader - MRI Physics, Department of Radiology, University Hospital Cologne:

„Diffuse optical spectroscopy and imaging: Focus on breast cancer“


October 25

Cuppola room (501), Siemens building

Dr. Ladislau VékásLaboratory of Magnetic Fluids, Center for Fundamental and Advanced Technical Researches, Romanian Academy-Timisoara Branch, Timisoara, Romania:

Part I: “From ferrofluids to magnetorheological suspensions: tuning properties to applications”

Dr. Rodica Turcu, National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, 400293 Cluj-Napoca, Romania:

Part II: “Magnetoresponsive nanosystems with controlled morphology and surface functionalization”

November 21

Lecture Hall, HvH-building

Bernhard Lauss, nEDM Collaboration, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Switzerland:

“Searching for a neutron electric dipole moment by spin precession of ultracold neutrons“

December 13

Lecture Hall, HvH-building


Improvement in accuracy and reliability of

  • measuring methods and testing procedures in medicine for quality assurance in diagnostics and therapy
  • information processing components of scientific, industrial, and consumer protection oriented metrology.

Medical physics: Development of new measuring techniques and testing procedures for medical diagnostics, in particular laser-assisted measuring techniques, NMR-tomography and -spectroscopy, magneto cardiography and -encephalography (PTB Biomagnetic Center in Berlin), development and calibration of testing devices and reference materials.

Metrological information technology: Quality assurance for the use of information-technological means in metrology, especially in data acquisition , storage and processing. The area of work covers hard- and software problems as well as mathematical problems, the focuses being methods of digitizing, interfaces, communication components, software quality assurance, databases, numerical modelling and mathematical algorithms of measurement data processing, including relevant testing methods and tools. Pattern evaluation of cash gaming machines and voting machines in accordance with legal regulations.



Head of Division

Tobias Schaeffter studied electrical engineering at TU-Berlin until 1993 and did his PhD in magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) at University Bremen (Prof. Leibfritz) in 1996. From 1996-2006, he worked as a Principal Scientist at the Philips Research Laboratories in Hamburg (Germany), where he created an internationally recognised research team. He was responsible for the development of new MR-methods, reconstruction and MT-compatible devices for quantitative and interventional MRI. He managed research projects of new MR-techniques with their clinical evaluation and product integration. During this time he also worked as a part-time lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg.

In April 2006, Professor Schaeffter took up the post as the Philip Harris Professor of Imaging Sciences at King’s College London. A major aim of his research was the investigation of fast and quantitative MR-techniques for cardiovascular applications MRI. In addition, he also investigated new multi-modality approaches like X-MR and PET-MR. Tobias Schaeffter’s research focuses on rapid translation of new methodology into clinical practice to evaluate the benefit for the patient. He taught in the MSc programme of Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London. He was the director of the doctorial training centre in medical imaging and has supervised over 20 PhD students. From 2102, he was department head of biomedical engineering. and deputy head of the division . Since beginning of 2015 Prof. Schaeffter heads the division of medical physics and metrological IT at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Berlin. Prof. Schaeffter has attracted over €10M in grants over the last 5 years. The results of his work have been published in over 170 peer-reviewed papers, 9 book chapters, 300 conference abstracts and 30 international patents.

Opens external link in new windowPublications

Initiates file downloadCV


Spectral color measurement is a fundamental application in many fields of industry. Common procedures employ spot color measurement devices by which a complete spectral determination of object surfaces is possible only with large effort. Multispectral line scan cameras offer, however, the potential to record the complete reflectance spectrum of a measurement surface in real time with the aid of a...

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