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Marien Hospital Duesseldorf

location_on Duesseldorf, Germany
9.5/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Interventional Radiology (448349)

Stefan Diederich

Prof. Dr. med.

Stefan Diederich

Specialized in: interventional radiology

About the Department of Interventional Radiology at Marien Hospital Duesseldorf

The Department of Interventional Radiology at the Marien Hospital Duesseldorf offers the full range of services in the area of ​its ​specialization. The medical facility has an excellent technical base for the full range of imaging tests, including X-ray and ultrasound scanning, angiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and others. Since 2004, the department has also been carrying out CT- and MRI-guided angiographic tests without a catheter. Imaging tests are indispensable in the diagnostics of many pathologies. The department also provides patients with image-guided interventional therapeutic procedures. Interventional radiology techniques are an excellent alternative to surgical treatment. Particular attention is paid to the interventional treatment of chronic pain of various localization, oncological diseases and vascular diseases. The department's specialists regularly demonstrate high treatment success rates, so patients can be sure that their health is in the safe hands. The Head Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Diederich.

Many patients with chronic pain in the back and lower limbs come to the department. Pain is often relieved with painkillers in pill form, but if this treatment does not ensure the desired result, then the patient requires image-guided interventional pain management. Periradicular therapy, facet joint infiltration, sacroiliac joint infiltration, and vertebroplasty are used for the treatment of chronic back pain. The department's doctors also successfully carry out sympathicolysis for the treatment of pain syndrome caused by chronic circulatory disorders of the lower limbs and nerve plexus block for chronic pain caused by oncological diseases. A huge advantage of the above mentioned therapeutic manipulations is the absence of the need for traumatic incisions in the skin and soft tissues. In addition, when performing an interventional procedure, the doctor uses imaging devices to control each action, which guarantees the highest safety of treatment.

The department's team of doctors has a wide range of techniques for the treatment of malignant tumors of various localizations. Therapeutic options in this field include radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of lung and kidney cancer, liver, bone and lung metastases, laser interstitial thermal therapy for the destruction of liver metastases, transarterial chemoembolization for the treatment of liver cancer and liver metastases, percutaneous ethanol injections for the treatment of liver cancer. The department’s specialists also perform uterine fibroid embolization, which is the gold standard for the treatment of this gynecologic pathology in modern medicine.

Another important focus of the department's specialists is on the treatment of vascular stenosis and obstruction using balloon dilatation and stent implantation. The medical facility also carries out lysis therapy for stroke in cooperation with neurologists.

The department's range of diagnostic and therapeutic services includes the following options:

  • Diagnostic services
    • X-ray scans (also with contrast enhancement)
    • Ultrasound scans 
    • Angiography
    • Computed tomography (CT), including cardiac CT
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including cardiac MRI
    • CT scan of the teeth and jaws (orthopantomography)
  • Therapeutic services
    • Interventional pain management
      • Periradicular therapy (PRT) for inflammation and swelling of the nerve roots of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal cord
      • Facet joint infiltration for pain in the small intervertebral joints of the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine
      • Sacroiliac joint infiltration for pain in this area
      • Infiltration for hip arthrosis
      • Sympathicolysis: treatment of pain caused by chronic circulatory disorders of the lower limbs
      • Nerve plexus block for chronic pain caused by oncological diseases, for example, in pancreatic cancer
      • Vertebroplasty for back pain caused by osteoporosis or spinal metastases
    • Local therapy for malignant tumors (ablation)
      • Radiofrequency ablation
      • Laser interstitial thermal therapy
      • Transarterial chemoembolization
      • Percutaneous ethanol injections: injection of concentrated alcohol using fine needles directly into the tumor (for example, for liver cancer)
    • Uterine artery embolization for the treatment of uterine fibroids
    • Interventional catheter-based treatment for vascular diseases
      • Balloon dilatation and stent implantation for vascular stenosis or occlusion
      • Lysis therapy for stroke
  • Other diagnostic tests and treatment methods

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Diederich

University Education

  • 1981 - 1987 Study of Medicine at the Universities of Muenster and Heidelberg.
  • June 1987 Medical license by the Head of Detmold District Administration.
  • July 1987 Doctoral thesis defense, Institute of Clinical Radiology, University of Muenster (note: magna cum laude).

Medical and Scientific Activities

  • July 1987 FMGEMS (American Exam).
  • 1988 - 1989 Fellow of the Institute of Pathology at the Ruhr University in Bochum.
  • 1990 Fellow of the Institute of Clinical Radiology at the University of Muenster.
  • 1992 - 1993 Senior Resident of the Department of Radiology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.
  • Since 1995 Appointed as an Acting Head of the department, later as a Senior Physician.
  • 1997 Board certification in Diagnostic Radiology.
  • 1998 Habilitation, Institute of Clinical Radiology, University of Muenster, Venia Legendi in Diagnostic Radiology.
  • Since 2002 Head Physician of the Department of Interventional Radiology at the Marien Hospital Duesseldorf.
  • 2004 Extraordinary Professorship, Faculty of Medicine, Westphalian Wilhelm University.

Awards 

  • 2000 Hanns Langendorf Award of the German Association of Radiologists and the Hanns Langendorff Foundation.
  • 2006 Eugenie and Felix Award of the German Roentgen Society.

Review Activities in Scientific Journals

  • Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Röntgenstrahlen.
  • Radiologe.
  • European Radiology.
  • European Journal of Radiology.
  • British Journal of Radiology.
  • Eur Respiratory Journal.
  • Oncologist.
  • Cancer.
  • Lung Cancer.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Elected President of the International Cancer Imaging Society.
  • Since 2002 Fellow of the International Cancer Imaging Society.
  • 2014 President of the 95th German Congress on Radiology.
  • 2010 and 2011 President of the Congress on Radiology in the Ruhr region.
  • 2009 - 2015 Board Member of the German Roentgen Society.
  • 2010 - 2011 President of the Roentgen Society of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • 2011 - 2013 Board Member of the Roentgen Society of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • 2002 - 2011 Chairman of the Working Group on Thoracic Diseases of the German Roentgen Society.
  • Since 2011 Board Member of the Working Group on Thoracic Diseases of the German Roentgen Society.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Marien Hospital Düsseldorf

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