Prof. Dr. Ernst Rummeny


Professor emeritus since January 31, 2020

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Rummeny (b. 1953) was the director of the Institute for Radiology. His area of expertise is diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. The major focus of his research was in the field of oncology imaging, in particular the development of cross-sectional imaging processes such as MRI and CT tomography and linked hybrid systems, such as PET/CT and MR-PET, for the recognition and treatment assessment of malignant and benign disease. Together with colleagues from Biomedical Physics (Prof. F. Pfeffer) and Biological Imaging (Prof. V. Ntziachristos), he developed new devices for use in patient diagnosis. Furthermore, he was involved in the optimization of contrast medium.

After studying medicine in Saarbrücken and Mainz, he completed his PhD in 1984 in Mainz and acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in 1994 at Münster University (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität). His clinical and scientific career took him to the Deutsche Klinik für Diagnostik in Wiesbaden, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston/USA. From 1988/89 until his appointment at TUM in 2000 Professor Rummeny worked at the Institute for Clinical Radiology at Münster University. His research was conducted in close cooperation with leading international institutes, including Harvard University and the University of California San Francisco.


    • President of Congress of the German Radiological Society (2017)
    • ESGAR Honorary Lecture, Prag (2016)
    • Award “Ambassador against Cancer” Bavarian Ministry of Health (2011)
    • Certificate of Honor of the Bavarian X-Ray Society (2008)
    • MR Tomography Prize 1999, for the development of new MRT contrast media (1999) 

    Von Teuffenbach M, Koehler T, Fehringer A, Viermetz M, Brendel B, Herzen J, Proksa R, Rummeny EJ, Pfeiffer F, Noël PB: "Grating-based phase-contrast and dark-field computed tomography: a single-shot method". Scientific reports.  2017; 7: 7476.   


    Meier R, Thuermel K, Noël PB, Moog P, Sievert M, Ahari C, Nasirudin RA, Golovko D, Haller B, Ganter C, Wildgruber M, Schaeffeler C, Waldt S, Rummeny EJ: "Synovitis in patients with early inflammatory arthritis monitored with quantitative analysis of dynamic contrast-enhanced optical imaging and MR imaging". Radiology. 2014; 270(1): 176-185. 


    Drzezga A, Souvatzoglou M, Eiber M, Beer AJ, Fürst A, Martinez-Möller A, Nekolla SG, Ziegler A, Ganter C, Rummeny EJ, Schwaiger M: "First clinical experience with integrated whole-body PET/MR: comparison to PET/CT in patients with oncologic diagnoses". The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 2012; 53(6): 845-855. 


    Bruegel M, Holzapfel K, Gaa J, Woertler K, Waldt S, Kiefer B, Stemmer A, Ganter C, Rummeny EJ:  "Characterization of focal liver lesions by ADC measurements using a respiratory triggered diffusion-weighted single-shot echo-planar MR imaging technique". European radiology. 2008; 18(3): 477-485. 


    Wieder HA, Rosenberg R, Lordick F, Geintz H, Beer A, Becker K, Woertler K, Dobritz M, Siewert JR, Rummeny EJ, Stollfuss JC. “Rectal cancer: MR imaging before neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy for prediction of tumor-free circumferential resection margins and long-term survivial”. Radiology. 2007; 243: 744-51.