Rik (H.H.G.) Hansen has a tenure track position at the Medical UltraSound Imaging Centre (MUSIC) at the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine of the Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His research focusses on developing novel ultrasound techniques such as strain imaging, ultrafast imaging and shear wave elastography to assess the status of the vascular tree. After his studies of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Rik started working at the Clinical Physics Laboratory as a PhD student. As part of his PhD project, which resulted in the thesis entitled ‘Noninvasive Vascular Ultrasound Elastography’ in 2012, he developed a novel compounding technique for noninvasive accurate radial strain estimation in carotid arteries which is currently being evaluated in clinical studies. The current project he is working on, the VICI project entitled ‘Ultrafast 3D Ultrasound Imaging: the next level for cardiovascular diagnosis’, is a perfect continuation of his PhD research. Rik has (co-)authored over twenty peer-reviewed papers and two book chapters on (cardiovascular) elastography and is co-supervising five PhD students. Rik received two awards for oral presentations and also won as member of the Radboud team the ‘Battle of the Universities 2014’; a competition between all Dutch Universities hosted by Philips in which a solution/product had to be invented for a clinical technical challenge within 24 hours. In the past years Rik has been closely collaborating with researchers from well-known international research institutes: the Institut Langevin in Paris (France), the Center for Fast Ultrasound Imaging in Copenhagen (Denmark), Ghent University (Belgium) and Rochester University in Rochester (U.S.A.).