With conventional X-rays, images are created of the entire body in a digital technique that uses radiation sparingly. For this purpose, image plates, planar detectors and digital image amplifying radiography is used.
A modern 64-lines CT can scan the entire body in only a few seconds and generate high-resolution images. Additionally, two spiral CT devices are available. Apart from common axial CT images, special workstations can create three dimensional reconstructions such as CT-angiography, surface reconstructions, perfusion measurements of the brain and virtual endoscopy.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Today the MRI is used for examinations of the brain and spine as well as the neck, abdominal organs, bones, joint in cases of special diagnostic questions. With this method, the examination of the blood vessels in every area of the body is possible. Functional tests, such as the brain’s blood perfusion and the perfusion of transplant organs, round off the spectrum of options.
Angiography / Interventions
For this purpose, two modern and fully digitalized work units are at the doctors’ disposal. The options range from diagnostic imaging of arteries and veins in all regions of the body to minimal-invasive operations. These include balloon dilatations, stent implantations, intra-arterial lysis in case of arterial stenosis or blockage, therapeutic embolization / chemo embolization in tumors and vascular malformations in all body regions, as well as coiling aneurysms. Percutaneous drainages of blocked bile ducts, as well as biopsy punctures of pathological lesions or the drainage of abscesses round out the spectrum of our offered services. These are carried out with the help of ultrasound, computer tomography or X-rays. Additional special methods are transjugular intrahepatic porto-systemic shunts (TIPSS), radio frequency ablations of incurable liver tumors and vertebroplasty. All therapeutic interventions are supervised by the German Radiological Society’s (Deutsche Röntgengesellschaft) quality control.
Ultrasound diagnostics include examinations of the abdomen, the neck organs including the thyroid gland as well as the mammary glands and blood vessels. Different sonic heads ranging from 3.5 – 12 megahertz are available. Special techniques blood vessel examinations are performed with the help of color Doppler and power Doppler, Tissue Harmonic Imaging and Contrast Harmonic Imaging.
In the nuclear medical department, all common nuclear medical tests for localizing and examining the function of organs (thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, brain, heart, lung, liver, kidney, adrenal gland, gastrointestinal tract) and the skeletal system are used. This includes examinations with receptor specific tracers in tumors. For this purpose, a modern three-headed gamma camera is available. With the help of a special work station, nuclear medical images can be merged with CT or MRI images.