Associate Professor

Carola van Pul

As medical physicist I focus on improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of healthcare – by developing and implementing new technology for diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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Group / Unit
School of Medical Physics and Engineering Eindhoven
Department / Section
Applied Physics
Building
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Research Profile

Carola van Pul is an Associate Professor and Chair of Clinical Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her fields of expertise concerns general clinical physics - for radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation protection, with a particular specialization in medical technology used for mother-and-child care. 

Next to her clinical tasks as clinical physicist in MMC, Carola is an active researcher. Focus of her research is currently on patient monitoring for (neonatal) intensive care and complex patient monitoring and medical alarm systems using ICT networks. New monitoring techniques are developed for improving diagnosis but also data mining approaches are investigated to reduce the high number of alarms in the intensive care environment (neonatal and adult ICU) in order to increase patient safety and reduce alarm fatigue of the staff.  

In this vulnerable population of preterm infants at the NICU, improving monitoring of maturation of neonates is important to predict patient outcome. Carola is also involved in the development of serious gaming and the development of a simulation model for diabetes.

Academic Background

Carola van Pul obtained her PhD on the subject on Diffusion Tensor Imaging in neonates at TU/e. With this technique, it became possible to visualize white matter fiber structures in vivo in the neonatal brain. She also holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology. Carola did her specialization in medical physics (a medical profession in the Netherlands) at the Maxima Medical Center, Eindhoven, where she has been a clinical physicist since 2006. In 2008, she was involved as a researcher at the University Medical Center Utrecht in a project on Diffusion Tensor Imaging (project) for neonatal brain imaging

In this capacity, Carola is involved in medical equipment procurement processes and safe introduction and application of this equipment, e.g. in the Women-Mother and Child center, with a particular focus on risk analysis for complex medical technology, such as medical alarm systems at a NICU. She regularly contributes to leading journals such as Early Human Development and Interactive Journal of Medical Research.

Carola is actively involved in the Eindhoven MedTech Innovation Center (e/MTIC), a research collaboration between The Catharina Hospital (CH), the Maxima Medical Center (MMC), Kempenhaeghe Epilepsy and Sleep Center (KH), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and Royal Philips Eindhoven (RPE) in the domains cardiovascular care, perinatal care and sleep care.

Educational Activities

  • Bachelor final project (15 ECTS)
  • Physics behind medical technology: equipment and physiology
  • Introduction to NMR/MRI for imaging and flow visualisation
  • Bachelor final project (10ECTS)
  • Bachelor final project extension general

Ancillary Activities

  • betreft geen nevenfunctie maar een hoofdfunctie in MMC (Carola heeft slechts een (kleine) deeltijd functie op TU) Betreft, Maxima Medisch Centrum