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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.


  • MRITwins – Twinning of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Institutes (2022)
    Source of Funding: EU, Horizon Europe
    Principal Investigator
  • 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. Nohava, L. et al. (2021) ‘Flexible Multi-Turn Multi-Gap Coaxial RF Coils: Design Concept and Implementation for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 3 and 7 Tesla’, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 40(4), pp. 1267–1278. Available at:
  3. Frass-Kriegl, R. et al. (2018) ‘Flexible 23-channel coil array for high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging at 3 Tesla’, PLOS ONE. Edited by C.M. Deniz, 13(11), p. e0206963. Available at:
  4. 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:
  5. Goluch, S. et al. (2014) ‘A form-fitted three channel31P, two channel1H transceiver coil array for calf muscle studies at 7 T’, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 73(6), pp. 2376–2389. Available at: