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DKD HELIOS Clinic Wiesbaden

location_on Wiesbaden, Germany
9.1303/10 from 5 Votes

Department of Nuclear Medicine (446882)

Corinna Müller

Dr. med.

Corinna Müller

Specialized in: nuclear medicine

About the department

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the DKD HELIOS Clinic Wiesbaden offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in its area of ​​expertise. Medical care is provided on an outpatient basis. The doctors of the department have at their disposal an advanced technical base, including a device for a combined examination using positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT), four gamma cameras, three of which allow for single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and two ultrasound machines. It is worth noting that in 2009 the department became the first medical facility in the Rhine-Main region to install a PET/CT system. This device allows the doctors to accurately detect tumors of various locations and diagnose Alzheimer's disease. The department's doctors specialize in radioiodine therapy for the treatment of various thyroid diseases. This type of treatment is highly effective and is an excellent alternative to surgery. The patients' health is in the safe hands of a highly qualified team of doctors with many years of clinical experience, which guarantees an impeccable quality of both diagnostics and treatment. The department is headed by Dr. med. Corinna Müller.

One of the important methods of nuclear diagnostics is combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT). This type of diagnostic examination is of particular value when diagnosing oncological diseases and neurological disorders. The uniqueness of the diagnostic procedure lies in the fact that it allows doctors to simultaneously identify changes at the cellular level and assess the structure of the examined organ. The department also provides whole body PET/CT with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG). The radiopharmaceutical 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose is universal, since it is absorbed by all cells. In its structure, 18F-FDG is close to ordinary glucose. Due to a more active metabolism, tumor cells accumulate the drug faster than healthy cells, so they are clearly visible during scanning. Typically, whole body PET/CT is indicated for the patients suffering from cancer. The aim of the diagnostic examination is to detect metastases and primary tumor foci, determine the stage of the tumor process and plan treatment tactics.

Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is also an indispensable method of nuclear diagnostics. The value of the SPECT study lies in the high sensitivity of this technique. It allows obtaining functional images that reflect the vital processes of organs and tissues at the molecular level in real time. To carry out the diagnostic procedure, the patient is injected with a small dose of a radioisotope, which actively accumulates in the organs and tissues of the human body and is incorporated into the cellular metabolism. Immediately after the introduction of the radioisotope or after a certain period of time, the patient will be scanned with a gamma camera. The department's doctors mostly carry out single-photon emission computed tomography as a comprehensive examination for suspected cancer, including for detecting metastases in sentinel lymph nodes and skeletal bones, as well as for diagnosing diseases of the neurological spectrum, heart and kidney diseases. Like PET/CT, SPECT is an informative diagnostic examination, with the help of which doctors can obtain comprehensive clinical data, make an accurate diagnosis and develop the most effective treatment regimen.

An important clinical focus of the department's specialists is radioiodine therapy for various thyroid diseases. The therapeutic technique is effective in the treatment of Graves' disease, various forms of hyperthyroidism, thyroid adenomas and some types of thyroid cancer (papillary or follicular cancer). The essence of the therapeutic procedure is the introduction into the patient's body of an artificial radioactive iodine isotope, I-131. The therapeutic effect is based on the fact that iodine is required for the synthesis of thyroid hormones, and therefore actively accumulates in its cells. Prior to radioiodine therapy, the patient undergoes special preparation, the purpose of which is to increase the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which enhances the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland. The dosage of the drug containing radioactive iodine is determined for each patient individually. To assess the effectiveness of therapy after the completion of the course of treatment, doctors conduct scintigraphy and a blood test to determine thyroid hormone levels.

The department's key clinical focuses include:

  • Diagnostics
    • Combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT)
      • Diagnostics of oncological diseases
      • Diagnostics of neurological disorders
      • Diagnostics of heart diseases
    • Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
      • Diagnostics of oncological diseases
      • Diagnostics of neurological disorders
      • Diagnostics of heart diseases
      • Diagnostics of kidney diseases
      • Skeletal bone scanning to detect metastases
      • Sentinel lymph node scanning to detect metastases
  • Treatment
    • Radioiodine therapy for thyroid diseases
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Higher Education and Professional Career

  • Since 2012 Chief Physician of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the DKD HELIOS Clinic Wiesbaden.
  • 2008 Physician in Dr. Maier's Private Practice in Nuclear Medicine, Wiesbaden.
  • 2005 - 2008 Physician in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital Mainz.
  • 2001 - 2004 Physician in Dr. Maier's Private Practice in Nuclear Medicine, Wiesbaden.
  • 1999 - 2000 Internship in the Department of Internal Medicine at the St. Vincenz Hospital in Mainz.
  • 1993 - 1999 Study of Human Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Photo of the doctor: (c) DKD Helios Klinik Wiesbaden

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