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Joan C. (Kai) Vilanova  MD, PhD

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  • Graduated in  Medicine (MD) from the University of Barcelona, Spain (1988)
  • Doctor in Medicine (PhD) from the University of Barcelona, Spain (2008)
  • Board Certified Radiologist. University Hospital Dr. J. Trueta. Girona. Spain (1992)
  • Fellowship. American Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP). Washington, DC, USA (1992)-


  • Director of  Magnetic Resonance Institute. Clínica Girona. Girona. Spain
  • Staff consultant. Institute of Diagnostic Imaging (IDI). Institute Catalan of Health. Spain
  • Associate professor. Coordinator of Radiology. School of Medicine. University of Girona. Spain


•Chairman of the Local Committee of the ESMRMB Congress On line- Barcelona October 2020.  

•Member of the Local Committee of the ISS Annual Meeting. Barcelona 2020 (2022).

•Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish National Congress of Radiology (SERAM). Pamplona, Spain 2018

• Chairman of the Spanish Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (2007-2011) - SERME

• Chairman of the Tumor SubCommittee of the European Society of Skeletal Radiology. ESSR (2008-2010)

• Director of the musculoskeletal MRI courses-School of MRI- of the ESMRMB 2004-2018

• Chairman cases of the day. ECR- European Congress of Radiology 2014.

• Member planning Committee musculoskeletal - ECR European Congress of Radiology 2010-2014

• Recognition of the professional career of the Medical Association of Girona 2016

• Award for research in Spanish Radiology - SERAM - Sevilla, 2008.

• More than 200 conferences in congresses-national and international courses

• Participation in 40 projects-research grants

• 32 scientific awards in national and international congresses, highlighting Magna cum Laude in Vienna (ECR 2006), in Chicago (RSNA 2009). Best presentation: ESSR 2006, Bruges (Belgium). Cum Laude: SERAM Sevilla 2008, RSNA, 2010, 2012, 2015 and SERAM 2014.

• Member of National & International Societies: SERAM, ECR, ESMRMB, ESSR, RSNA, SERME, ESUR, ESOI, ICIS, ARRS




Atlas of Multiparametric Prostate MRI. Vilanova  JC, Catalá V, Algaba F, Laucirica O (Eds) . Springer 2017

Functional Imaging In Oncology. Biophysical Basis And Technical Approaches. Luna; A.; Vilanova; J.C.; Hygino Da Cruz Jr.; L.C.; Rossi; S.E. (Eds.) Volume I. Springer-Verlag Heidelberg 2014

Functional Imaging In Oncology. Clinical Applications. Luna; A.; Vilanova; J.C.; Hygino Da Cruz Jr.; L.C.; Rossi; S.E. (Eds.) Volume II. Springer-Verlag Heidelberg 2014

Sport Injuries in Children and Adolescents. Rodrigo RM, Vilanova JC, Martel J.(editors). Springer-Verlag Heidelberg 2014

Learning Musculoskeletal Imaging. Ribes, R, Vilanova, J.(editors) Springer-Verlag Heidelberg 2010.

Learning abdominal Imaging. Ribes, R, Vilanova, J.(editors) Springer-Verlag Heidelberg 2010.

Learning urogenital Imaging. Ribes, R, Vilanova, J.(editors) Springer-Verlag Heidelberg 2010.

'Resonancia Magnética de Cuerpo'. Martí-Bonmatí, L. Vilanova, J. C. Edikamed 2005.


Book chapters:

Infecciones Osteoarticulares. Vilanova JC.  In: Radiología esencial / J. L. del Cura, S. Pedraza, A. Gayete Cura Rodríguez (edts.). Panamericana Médica 2018


WHO Classification of soft tissue tumors. Vilanova JC. In: Imaging of soft tissue tumors. Vanhoenacker, Parizel PM, Gielen JL (editors). Springer-Verlag Heidelberg 2017

Musculoskeletal Imaging. Vilanova JC. in Learning Diagnostic Imaging (100 Essential Cases). Ribes R, Luna A, Ros P.(editors). Springer-Verlag Heidelberg 2008

RM de cuerpo entero. Vilanova JC. In: Radiología Vascular no Invasiva y Radiología del Cuerpo Entero . Panamericana 2008

Infección osteomuscular. Vilanova JC. In: Imágenes Diagnósticas en la Infección. T. Franquet Casas, T. Berrocal Frutos (edts.). Panamericana 2006



Vilanova JC, Pérez de Tudela A, Puig J, Hoogenboom M, Barceló J, Planas M, et al. Robotic-assisted transrectal MRI-guided biopsy. Technical feasibility and role in the current diagnosis of prostate cancer: an initial single-center experience. Abdominal Radiology 2020.

Puig J, Biarnes C, Pedraza S, Vilanova JC, Pamplona R, Fernández-Real JM, et al. The aging imageomics study: rationale, design and baseline characteristics of the study population. Mech Ageing Dev 2020:111257.

Laucirica O, Gomez E, Hajianfar R, Vilanova JC, Muniesa M. Complete puborectalis, puboperinealis muscle and urethral rhabdomyosphincter preservation in laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: Anatomical landmarks to achieve early urinary continence. Int J Urol 2020.

Romera-Martínez I, Muñoz-Montplet C, Jurado-Bruggeman D, Onsès-Segarra A, Fuentes-Raspall R, Buxó M, Vilanova JC et al. A Novel Device for Deep-Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH): Results from a Single-Institution Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Patients with Left-Sided Breast Cancer. Pract Radiat Oncol 2020.

Vilanova JC, García-Figueiras R, Luna A, Baleato-González S, Tomás X, Narváez JA. Update on Whole-body MRI in Musculoskeletal Applications. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2019;23:312–23.

García-Figueiras R, Baleato-González S, Padhani AR, Luna-Alcalá A, Vallejo-Casas JA, Sala E, Vilanova JC , et al. How clinical imaging can assess cancer biology. Insights Imaging 2019;10:28.

Valverde S, Salem M, Cabezas M, Pareto D, Vilanova JC, Ramió-Torrentà L, et al. One-shot domain adaptation in multiple sclerosis lesion segmentation using convolutional neural networks. Neuroimage Clin 2018:101638.

Vilanova JC. Key features of radiology reports in oncology. Radiologia 2018;60 Suppl 1:36–42.

García-Figueiras R, Baleato-González S, Padhani AR, Luna-Alcalá A, Marhuenda A, Vilanova JC, et al. Advanced Imaging Techniques in Evaluation of Colorectal                    Cancer. RadioGraphics 2018;38:740–65.

Agarwal R, Diaz O, Lladó X, Gubern-Mérida A, Vilanova JC, Martí R. Lesion Segmentation in Automated 3D Breast Ultrasound: Volumetric Analysis. Ultrason Imaging 2017:161734617737733.

Garcia Bennett J, Vilanova JC, Gumà Padró J, Parada D, Conejero A. Evaluation of MR imaging-targeted biopsies of the prostate in biopsy-naïve patients. A single centre study. Diagn Interv Imaging 2017;98:677–84.

Martín Noguerol T, Luna Alcalá A, Beltrán LS, Gómez Cabrera M, Broncano Cabrero J, Vilanova JC. Advanced MR Imaging Techniques for Differentiation of Neuropathic Arthropathy and Osteomyelitis in the Diabetic Foot. Radiographics 2017;37:1161–80.

Catalá V, Vilanova JC, Gaya JM, Algaba F, Martí T. Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging and prostate cancer: what’s new? Radiologia 2017;59:196–208.

Valverde S, Cabezas M, Roura E, González-Villà S, Pareto D, Vilanova JC, et al. Improving automated multiple sclerosis lesion segmentation with a cascaded 3D convolutional neural network approach. Neuroimage 2017.

Vilanova JC, Catalá V. Magnetic resonance imaging in the new paradigm for the diagnosis of prostate cancer. Radiologia 2017;59:94–9.

González-Villà S, Valverde S, Cabezas M, Pareto D, Vilanova JC, Ramió-Torrentà L, et al. Evaluating the effect of multiple sclerosis lesions on automatic brain structure segmentation. Neuroimage Clin 2017;15:228–38.

Vilanova JC. Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging: why radiologists should implement this useful technique in current practice. Radiologia 2016;58:501–3.

Valverde S, Oliver A, Roura E, González-Villà S, Pareto D, Vilanova JC, et al. Automated tissue segmentation of MR brain images in the presence of white matter lesions. Med Image Anal 2016;35:446–57.

Vilanova JC. The radiologist and the technique: the essential symbiosis. Radiologia 2016.

Vilanova JC, Luna A. Bone marrow invasion in multiple myeloma and metastatic disease. Radiologia 2016;58 Suppl 1:81–93.

Vilanova JC, Baleato-Gonzalez S, Romero MJ, Carrascoso-Arranz J, Luna A. Assessment of Musculoskeletal Malignancies with Functional MR Imaging. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am 2016;24:239–59.

García-Figueiras R, Baleato-González S, Padhani AR, Oleaga L, Vilanova JC, Luna A, et al. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy in oncology: the fingerprints of cancer? Diagn Interv Radiol 2016;22:75–89.

Noebauer-Huhmann IM, Weber M-A, Lalam RK, Trattnig S, Bohndorf K, Vanhoenacker F, Vilanova JC  et al. Soft Tissue Tumors in Adults: ESSR-Approved Guidelines for Diagnostic Imaging. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2015;19:e1.[1]

Inarejos Clemente EJ, Vilanova JC, Riaza Martin L, Guirao-Marín S. A primary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the scapula in a child: imaging findings. Skeletal Radiol 2015;44:733–7.

García-Figueiras R, Padhani AR, Beer AJ, Baleato-González S, Vilanova JC, Luna A, et al. Imaging of Tumor Angiogenesis for Radiologists--Part 2: Clinical Utility. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol 2015;44:425–36.

García-Figueiras R, Padhani AR, Beer AJ, Baleato-González S, Vilanova JC, Luna A, et al. Imaging of Tumor Angiogenesis for Radiologists--Part 1: Biological and Technical Basis. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol 2015;44:407–24.

Vilanova JC, Luna-Alcalá A, Boada M, Barceló J. [Multiparametric MRI. The role of MRI techniques in the diagnosis, staging and follow up of prostate cancer]. Arch Esp Urol 2015;68:316–33.

Luna A, Vilanova JC, Alcalá Mata L. [Total body MRI in early detection of bone metastasis and its indication in comparison to bone scan and other imaging techniques]. Arch Esp Urol 2015;68:371–90.

Valverde S, Oliver A, Roura E, Pareto D, Vilanova JC, Ramió-Torrentà L, et al. Quantifying brain tissue volume in multiple sclerosis with automated lesion segmentation and filling. Neuroimage Clin 2015;9:640–7.

Valverde S, Oliver A, Roura E, Pareto D, Vilanova JC, Ramió-Torrentà L, et al. Quantifying brain tissue volume in multiple sclerosis with automated lesion segmentation and filling. Neuroimage Clin 2015;9:640–7.

Vilanova JC, Luna A, Baleato S, Barceló J, Romero MJ. [Applications of diffusion techniques in magnetic resonance imaging of musculoskeletal tumors]. Radiologia 2012;54 Suppl 1:14–26.


Vilanova JC. [Literature review of the subject of a research project]. Radiologia 2012;54:108–14.

Baleato-González S, Vilanova JC, García-Figueiras R, Juez IB, de Alegría AM. Intussusception in adults: what radiologists should know. Emerg Radiol 2012;19:89–101.

Lladó X, Ganiler O, Oliver A, Martí R, Freixenet J, Valls L, Vilanova JC  et al. Automated detection of multiple sclerosis lesions in serial brain MRI. Neuroradiology 2011.

López-Pousa S, Vilanova JC, López-Ojeda P. [Thalamic infarction with disappearance of the clinical signs and symptoms of rheumatic fibromyalgia]. Rev Neurol 2011;53:765–6.

Figueiras RG, Padhani AR, Goh VJ, Vilanova JC, González SB, Martín CV, et al. Novel oncologic drugs: what they do and how they affect images. Radiographics 2011;31:2059–91.

Díez Y, Oliver A, Llado X, Freixenet J, Marti J, Vilanova JC, et al. Revisiting intensity-based image registration applied to mammography. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed 2011;15:716–25.

Mitra J, Martí R, Oliver A, Lladó X, Ghose S, Vilanova JC, et al. Prostate multimodality image registration based on B-splines and quadrature local energy. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg 2011.

Ghose S, Oliver A, Martí R, Lladó X, Freixenet J, Mitra J, Vilanova JC  et al. Statistical shape and texture model of quadrature phase information for prostate segmentation. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 2011.

Vilanova JC, Barceló-Vidal C, Comet J, Boada M, Barceló J, Ferrer J, et al. Usefulness of prebiopsy multifunctional and morphologic MRI combined with free-to-total prostate-specific antigen ratio in the detection of prostate cancer. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2011;196:W715-722.

Vilanova JC, Comet J, Garcia-Figueiras R, Barceló J, Boada M. [Usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging in prostate cancer]. Radiologia 2010;52:513–24.

Balliu E, Boada M, Peláez I, Vilanova JC, Barceló-Vidal C, Rubio A, et al. Comparative study of whole-body MRI and bone scintigraphy for the detection of bone metastases. Clin Radiol 2010;65:989–96.

Nieto A, Pérez-Andrés R, Lorenzo JC, Vilanova JC. [Diagnostic imaging of liposclerosing myxofibrous tumor of bone]. Radiologia 2010;52:251–4.


García Figueiras R, Padhani AR, Vilanova JC, Goh V, Villalba Martín C. [Functional imaging of tumors. Part 2]. Radiologia 2010;52:208–20.

Nieto Parga A, Villalón Ortega M, Barceló Obregón J, Vilanova Busquets JC. [MRI evaluation of a supernumerary kidney fused with a horseshoe kidney]. Radiologia 2010;52:171–4.

García Figueiras R, Padhani AR, Vilanova JC, Goh V, Villalba Martín C. [Functional imaging of tumors. Part 1]. Radiologia 2010;52:115–25.

Vilanova JC. [New advances on diagnostic imaging in spinal pathology]. Reumatol Clin 2010;6:49–52.

Tortajada M, Oliver A, Díez Y, Martí R, Vilanova JC, Freixenet J. Improving a CAD system using bilateral information. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2010;2010:5054–7.

González SB, Vilanova Busquets JCV, Figueiras RG, Martín CV, Pose CS, de Alegría AM, et al. Imaging arteriovenous fistulas. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2009;193:1425–33.

Vilanova JC, Comet J, Barceló-Vidal C, Barceló J, López-Bonet E, Maroto A, et al. Peripheral zone prostate cancer in patients with elevated PSA levels and low free-to-total PSA ratio: detection with MR imaging and MR spectroscopy. Radiology 2009;253:135–43.

Barceló J, Vilanova JC, Albanell J, Ferrer J, Castañer F, Viejo N, et al. [Breast MRI: the usefulness of diffusion-weighted sequences for differentiating between benign and malignant lesions]. Radiologia 2009;51:469–76.

Baleato Gonzalez S, Vilanova JC, Lopez Carreira L, Gracía-Figueiras R, Pazos Gonzalez G, Ortiz-Terán L. Perineal hernia. Emerg Radiol 2009;16:395–8.

Balliu E, Vilanova JC, Peláez I, Puig J, Remollo S, Barceló C, et al. Diagnostic value of apparent diffusion coefficients to differentiate benign from malignant vertebral bone marrow lesions. Eur J Radiol 2009;69:560–6.

Pujol J, López-Solà M, Ortiz H, Vilanova JC, Harrison BJ, Yücel M, et al. Mapping brain response to pain in fibromyalgia patients using temporal analysis of FMRI. PLoS ONE 2009;4:e5224.

Baleato González S, Vilanova JC, García Figueiras R, Alvarez Moreno A, Alonso Martín A, Ares Rego M. [The role of MRI in the early diagnosis of pyomyositis in children]. Radiologia 2008;50:495–501.

Vilanova JC, Barceló J. Diffusion-weighted whole-body MR screening. Eur J Radiol 2008;67:440–7.

Pujol J, Reixach J, Harrison BJ, Timoneda-Gallart C, Vilanova JC, Pérez-Alvarez F. Posterior cingulate activation during moral dilemma in adolescents. Hum Brain Mapp 2008;29:910–21.

Martí R, Martí J, Freixenet J, Zwiggelaar R, Vilanova JC, Barceló J. Optimally discriminant moments for speckle detection in real B-scan images. Ultrasonics 2008;48:169–81.

Barceló J, Vilanova JC, Riera E, Balliu E, Peláez I, Martí J, et al. [Diffusion-weighted whole-body MRI (virtual PET) in screening for osseous metastases]. Radiologia 2007;49:407–15.

Vilanova JC, Barceló J, Puig J, Remollo S, Nicolau C, Bru C. Diagnostic imaging: magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and ultrasound of TMJ. Semin Ultrasound CT MR 2007;28:184–91.

Vilanova JC, Barceló J. Prostate cancer detection: magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopic imaging. Abdom Imaging 2007;32:253–61.

Vilanova JC, Woertler K, Narváez JA, Barceló J, Martínez SJ, Villalón M, et al. Soft-tissue tumors update: MR imaging features according to the WHO classification. Eur Radiol 2007;17:125–38.

Balliu E, Medina V, Vilanova J, Peláez I, Puig J, Trull JM, et al. Synovial chondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint: CT and MRI findings. Dentomaxillofac Radiol 2007;36:55–8.

Vilanova Busquets JCV, Batlle JC, Obregón JB, Ortega MV, Morell NR. [Current role of MRI for the local staging of prostate cancer]. Arch Esp Urol 2006;59:1001–10.

Bathle JC, Vilanova Busquets JCV, Obregón JB, Genover AM, Fernández MO, Bonet EL, et al. [The diagnosis of prostate cancer by endorectal MR spectroscopy]. Arch Esp Urol 2006;59:953–63.

Comet Batlle J, Vilanova Busquets JC, Maroto Genover A, Areal Calama J, Osorio Fernández M, López Bonet E, et al. [Localization of prostate cancer within the central gland by endorectal MR spectroscopic imaging]. Arch Esp Urol 2005;58:151–9.

Vilanova JC, Barceló J, Villalón M. MR and MR angiography characterization of soft tissue vascular malformations. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol 2004;33:161–70.

Vilanova JC, Barceló J, Smirniotopoulos JG, Pérez-Andrés R, Villalón M, Miró J, et al. Hemangioma from head to toe: MR imaging with pathologic correlation. Radiographics 2004;24:367–85.

Vilanova JC, Barceló J, Villalón M, Aldomà J, Delgado E, Zapater I. MR imaging of lipoma arborescens and the associated lesions. Skeletal Radiol 2003;32:504–9.

Comet-Batlle J, Vilanova-Busquets JC, Saladié-Roig JM, Gelabert-Mas A, Barceló-Vidal C. The value of endorectal MRI in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer. Eur Urol 2003;44:201–7; discussion 207-208.

Turon Estrada A, Osuna Pulido MT, Colomer Pairés J, Vilanova Busquets JC. [Transverse myelitis associated with cat-scratch disease]. Med Clin (Barc) 2003;120:437.


Vilanova JC, Comet J, Capdevila A, Barceló J, Dolz JL, Huguet M, et al. The value of endorectal MR imaging to predict positive biopsies in clinically intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients. Eur Radiol 2001;11:229–35.

Vilanova JC, Dolz JL, Maestro de Leon JL, Aparicio A, Aldomà J, Capdevila A. MR imaging of a malignant schwannoma and an osteoblastoma with fluid-fluid levels. Report of two new cases. European Radiology 1998;8:1359–62.

Chamorro A, Pujol J, Saiz A, Vila N, Vilanova JC, Alday M, et al. Periventricular white matter lucencies in patients with lacunar stroke. A marker of too high or too low blood pressure? Arch Neurol 1997;54:1284–8.

Vilanova JC, Capdevila A, Aldomà J, Delgado E. Splenic epithelioid hemangioma: MR findings. AJR Am J Roentgenol 1994;163:747–8.

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