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Hannover Medical School (MHH)

location_on Hannover, Germany
9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Nuclear Medicine (390081)

Frank Bengel

Prof. Dr. med.

Frank Bengel

Specialized in: nuclear medicine

About the department

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Hannover Medical School is one of the few centers, in which nuclear medicine originated in Germany. The department offers the whole spectrum of modern nuclear medicine and, in particular, specializes in scintigraphy, PET-CT, radioiodine therapy, special types of radionuclide therapy for oncological diseases, treatment of benign and malignant thyroid diseases. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Frank Bengel.

Along with the full spectrum of radioisotope diagnostics, the main focus of the department is targeted therapy with the use of open radionuclides. The department applies the very latest therapies, such as peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) in the treatment of neuroendocrine tumors, PSMA ligand therapy in the treatment of the late stage of prostate cancer, and selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) in the treatment of liver tumors. Since March 2014, patients have been treated with a new alpha emitter (Ra-223), which is approved for use in patients with hormone resistant prostate cancer and symptomatic bone metastases without detected metastases in the abdominal cavity. The spectrum is supplemented by radioimmunotherapy in the treatment of lymphomas, palliative pain therapy in the treatment of bone metastases, as well as MIBG therapy in neuroblastomas.

The department maintains technological partnerships with GE Healthcare (in the field of conventional radioisotope diagnostics) and Siemens Healthcare (in the field of PET). Therefore, the Hannover Medical School always guarantees the use of current diagnostic systems, as well as sparing and the most accurate methods – all for the benefit of patients.

The service range of the department:

  • Native sonography
  • Ultrasound Doppler scanning in one-dimensional mode
  • CT without contrast enhancement
  • Scintigraphy
    • Functional diagnostics of kidneys, lungs, gastrointestinal tract; diagnostics of all parts of the skeleton in inflammations and tumors; diagnostics of the sentinel lymph node; radioisotope diagnostics in adults and children
  • Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
  • PET with a full-ring scanner
  • Determination of the absorbed radiation dose
  • Computer data processing with 3D reconstruction
  • Therapy with open radionuclides
    • Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) in the treatment of liver tumors
    • Therapy with the alpha emitter (Ra-223)
    • Palliative pain therapy in the treatment of bone metastases
    • Radioimmunotherapy in the treatment of lymphomas
    • Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) in the treatment of neuroendocrine tumors
    • MIBG therapy  in neuroblastomas
  • Radioiodine therapy
    • Diagnosis and radioiodine therapy for benign and malignant thyroid diseases, including follow-up care
  • Other therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training

  • 1988 - 1995 Study of Medicine, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuernberg.
  • 1996 Medical Degree, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuernberg.
  • 1995 - 2000 Clinical Resident/Fellow, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich.

Academic Appointments

  • 2000 - 2005 Attending Physician and Lecturer, Nuclear Medicine, Technical University of Munich.
  • 2005 - 2010 Associate Professor of Radiology and Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Nuclear Diagnostics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
  • Since 2011 Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
  • Since 2011 Full Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hannover Medical School.

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 1995 Medical Approbation (Germany).
  • 2000 Nuclear Medicine Physician, Board Certificate (Germany).
  • 2005 Maryland Medical License (Conceded Eminence).
  • 2006 Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.
  • 2007 Level 2 Training, Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Certification Board of Cardiovascular Tomography (CBCCT).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH) 

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