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Elmar Laistler
Elmar Laistler, MSc, PhDHead of Radio Frequency Lab

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Position: Associate Professor

ORCID: 0000-0002-8344-8307
T +43 1 40400 64550

Further Information


Biomedical Engineering; Computer Simulation; Electromagnetic Fields; Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Research group(s)

Research interests

We are working on hardware and simulations to make Magnetic Resonance faster and better

Radio Frequency (RF) coils are our passion.

We put a special focus on design, simulation, and construction of non-standard coils and like it flexible & wearable, multi-nuclear, or multi-modal.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

We are running a fully equipped Radio Frequency Lab right next to a 7 Tesla MR scanner and across the hall from two 3 Tesla scanners.

For 3D electromagnetic simulations we operate dedicated workstations with powerful GPUs to optimize RF coils and evaluate their safety.


  • FlexShim (2019)
    Source of Funding: OeNB (Oesterreichische Nationalbank), Anniversary Fund
    Principal Investigator
  • BRACOIL - Smart bra-shaped MRI breast coil (2017)
    Source of Funding: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Joint Project with ANR (France)
    Principal Investigator
  • pULSE - parallel transmit Ultra-fast Local SAR Estimation (2015)
    Source of Funding: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Stand-Alone Projects
    Principal Investigator
  • FLEXAR7 - Multi-purpose FLEXible coil ARray for high resolution 7T MRI (2013)
    Source of Funding: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Joint Project with ANR (France)
    Principal Investigator

Selected publications

  1. Laistler, E. & Moser, E., 2018. Handy magnetic resonance coils. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2(8), pp.557-558. Available at:
  2. Frass-Kriegl, R. et al., 2018. Flexible 23-channel coil array for high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging at 3 Tesla. PLOS ONE, 13(11), p.e0206963. Available at:
  3. Hosseinnezhadian, S. et al., 2018. A flexible 12-channel transceiver array of transmission line resonators for 7 T MRI. Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 296, pp.47-59. Available at:
  4. Goluch, S. et al., 2018. Proton-decoupled carbon magnetic resonance spectroscopy in human calf muscles at 7 T using a multi-channel radiofrequency coil. Scientific Reports, 8(1). Available at:
  5. Navarro de Lara, L.I. et al., 2014. A novel coil array for combined TMS/fMRI experiments at 3 T. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 74(5), pp.1492-1501. Available at: