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Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe

location_on Karlsruhe, Germany
9.8/10 from 29 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology (591252)

Peter Reimer

Prof. Dr. med.

Peter Reimer

Specialized in: adult and pediatric interventional radiology, neuroradiology

About the Department of Adult and Pediatric Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology at Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology at the Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe provides the full range of imaging diagnostics and image-guided minimally invasive treatment. The medical facility admits patients of all age groups, including children and adolescents. In the field of interventional radiology, special attention is paid to the treatment of vascular diseases and cancers, and pain management for chronic pain. An integral part of the department's clinical practice is the interventional treatment of neurological disorders, including stroke, carotid stenosis, and cerebral aneurysms. Medical care is provided both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The department is one of the largest medical facilities of this kind in Germany and has been awarded a prestigious certificate from the German Society for Interventional Radiology and Minimally Invasive Therapy (DeGIR). The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Peter Reimer.

The department is proud of its advanced equipment: 5 devices for computed tomography (CT), 4 devices for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 3 devices for angiography, 2 mammography systems, 5 X-ray systems, 3 ultrasound devices and 1 device for digital volume tomography. The department also cooperates closely with the Department of Nuclear Medicine, thanks to which patients have the opportunity to undergo PET/CT and SPECT/CT scans. The results of the performed examinations are recorded and stored using a modern picture archiving and communication system. The department also participates in the telemedicine project, in cooperation with the University Hospitals of Mannheim and Heidelberg. In addition, this equipment is used for imaging-guided interventional diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The department's doctors take a responsible approach to compliance with radiation protection standards, so all examinations and treatment are absolutely safe.

The department performs many imaging-guided interventional therapeutic procedures. These procedures are an excellent alternative to open surgery, as only a skin puncture is needed for access, without any incisions or sutures. In addition, interventions are performed using local anesthesia. Therefore, this type of treatment significantly reduces the risks to the patient's health and contributes to the shortest possible hospital stay.

The most common scope of interventional treatment is catheter-based procedures for vascular pathologies: stenosis and occlusion of the blood vessels of the pelvis and lower limbs, arteries of the kidneys, bowel, lungs, aorta, deep vein thrombosis and other diseases. The department's doctors also successfully perform embolization (local injection of emboli to occlude blood vessels) for the treatment of uterine fibroids, benign prostatic hyperplasia, varicocele, internal bleeding, and hemorrhoids. Transarterial embolization and transarterial chemoembolization are successfully used for cancer treatment. The essence of these procedures is to block the blood vessels supplying the tumor, due to which the tumor is deprived of nutrition and thereby is destroyed. Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) is also available in the department and involves the introduction of radiation sources in close proximity to the tumor, due to which the tumor is destroyed, and healthy adjacent tissues are practically not affected. This type of therapy is most often used for liver tumor and metastasis treatment.

The department's physicians often resort to image-guided interventional procedures to drain abscesses, ascites, form dialysis access, and place port systems. The specialists also use interventional manipulations to treat chronic pain syndromes, for example, facet joint block can effectively eliminate back pain without resorting to surgical interventions.

Neuroradiology is responsible for the interventional treatment of neurological disorders. Doctors most often deal with strokes, carotid stenosis, cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and dural fistulas. Despite the achievements of modern medicine and the availability of innovative navigation systems, catheter-based treatment of neurological pathologies remains safer, since the risk of damage to vital brain structures is negligible. In addition, patients recover much quicker after interventional treatment.

The department's diagnostic options include:

  • Classic X-ray tests
  • Computed tomography (also with contrast enhancement)
    • Diagnostics of tumors
    • Diagnostics of vascular pathologies
    • Diagnostics of heart pathologies 
    • Emergency diagnostics
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Diagnostics of brain and spinal pathologies
    • Diagnostics of heart pathologies
    • Diagnostics of breast pathologies
    • Diagnostics of abdominal and small pelvis pathologies
    • Diagnostics of vascular pathologies
    • Diagnostics of musculoskeletal pathologies
    • Fetal MRI diagnostics
  • Ultrasound scans
    • Color-coded duplex sonography of the carotid artery and other vessels
    • Ultrasound scanning of the neck and thyroid soft tissues 
    • Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scans
    • Ultrasound-guided fusion biopsy of the prostate gland
  • Diagnostics of breast pathologies
    • Digital mammography
    • High resolution breast sonography
    • Tomosynthesis
    • Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography
    • Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast
  • Imaging tests in children
    • X-ray scans
      • Diagnostics of skeletal pathologies
      • Diagnostics of scoliosis
      • Measurement of the length of the lower limbs and axial parameters of the lower limbs
      • Lung examinations
      • Bone examinations
    • Fluorography
    • Esophageal scans
    • Gastrointestinal scans
    • Contrast enema
    • Urethral and bladder pressure testing
    • Magnetic resonance imaging
      • Skull scans
      • Chest scans
      • Abdominal scans
      • Vascular imaging
      • Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging 
      • Spectroscopy
      • Fetal MRI
    • Computed tomography
      • Chest scans
      • Abdominal scans
      • Limb scans
      • Digital volume tomography
      • CT-guided interventional procedures
    • Ultrasound examinations 
  • Other diagnostic services

The department's range of therapeutic services includes:

  • Interventional radiology
    • Image-guided interventions for stenoses and occlusions of the blood vessels of the pelvis and lower limbs, arteries of the kidneys, bowel, lungs, aorta, and deep vein thrombosis
    • Embolization for uterine fibroids, benign prostatic hyperplasia, varicocele, internal bleeding, hemorrhoids, and vascular malformations
    • Image-guided interventions for abscess and ascite drainage, dialysis access and port system placement 
    • Image-guided interventions for cancer treatment 
      • Transarterial embolization
      • Transarterial chemoembolization
      • Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT)
      • Ablation
    • Pain management for chronic pain syndromes
      • Periradicular therapy
      • Facet joint block
      • Nerve plexus block
      • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
  • Interventional neuroradiology
    • Image-guided interventions for stroke
    • Image-guided interventions for cerebral aneurysms
    • Image-guided interventions vascular malformations
    • Image-guided interventions for carotid stenosis
    • Image-guided interventions for dural fistulas
    • Image-guided interventions for cerebral vein diseases
    • Image-guided interventions for brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Peter Reimer

Higher Education and Professional Career

  • 2009 Master of Health Services Administration, Koblenz University of Applied Sciences.
  • Since 2000 Head Physician of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology at the Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe.
  • 1993 - 1999 Senior Physician and Assistant Professor in Radiology, Department of Radiology at the University Hospital Muenster.
  • 1989 - 1991 Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA.
  • 1986 - 1989, 1991 - 1992 Internships, Hannover Medical School.
  • 1978 - 1985 Study of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • German Radiological Society (DRG).
  • German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM).
  • Society of Southwest Germany Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Specialists.
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).
  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
  • European Society of Cardiology (ESCR).
  • European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR).
  • European Congress of Radiology (ECR).
  • European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology.
  • Academy of Radiology.
  • Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE).
  • European Society of Urogenital Radiology.
  • German Society for Interventional Radiology and Minimally Invasive Therapy (DeGIR).
  • Working Group on the Diagnostics of the Heart and Blood Vessels.
  • Working Group on Radiological Tests of the Musculoskeletal System.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Städtische Klinikum Karlsruhe

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