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Hannover Medical School (MHH)

location_on Hannover, Germany
9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology (594424)

Frank Wacker

Prof. Dr. med.

Frank Wacker

Specialized in: adult and pediatric diagnostic, interventional radiology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology at the Hannover Medical School offers all modern radiological examinations and imaging-guided minimally invasive therapeutic procedures. Of particular interest is the treatment of vascular diseases, cancer pathologies and pain therapy. The health of patients is in the hands of the highly qualified specialists who strictly follow the standardized protocols of professional societies in their clinical practice. Also, the key to the success of the medical facility is the availability of advanced medical equipment. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Frank Wacker.

The department specializes in imaging studies, such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and x-ray. For the diagnostics of heart pathologies, the department has a specialized laboratory for cardiac CT and MRI. In addition, the department offers the broadest diagnostic options for women with suspected breast cancer. The diagnostic services include mammography, tomosynthesis, galactography, sonography, various types of imaging-guided biopsy.

The focus of pediatric radiology is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008. The examinations are carried out on special equipment adapted to the features of the child's body. The spectrum includes ultrasound, X-ray, including fluorography, CT, MRI, emergency diagnostics, and imaging-guided minimally invasive therapy.

The scope of tasks of the department’s specialists also includes imaging-guided therapeutic procedures. Thanks to state-of-the-art technical equipment and innovative materials (catheters, stents, cylinders), the treatment is as sparing as possible, but it is not inferior to conventional therapy in terms of effectiveness.

The department’s range of medical services includes:

  • Diagnostic radiology
    • Diagnostics of breast pathologies
      • Mammography (also with contrast enhancement)
      • Tomosynthesis
      • Galactography
      • Sonography
      • MRI mammography
      • Imaging-guided biopsy (tomosynthesis-guided vacuum assisted breast biopsy, ultrasound-guided punch biopsy, MRI-guided vacuum assisted breast biopsy) 
    • Computed tomography (CT)
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Cardiac CT and MRI (as part of the specialized laboratory)
    • X-ray scans
    • Sonography
  • Pediatric radiology
    • Sonography
    • X-ray scans
    • Fluorography
    • Computed tomography (CT)
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Emergency imaging diagnostics
    • Imaging-guided interventional therapeutic procedures in children
  • Interventional radiology
    • Interventional therapy for inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension using pulmonary artery balloon angioplasty 
    • Prostatic artery embolization
    • Arterial interventions
      • Restoration of patency of the pelvic and lower extremity arteries in case of stenosis and thrombosis
      • Interventions for acute arterial occlusion in the pelvis and lower extremities
      • Restoration of intestinal artery patency in case of stenosis and thrombosis
      • Restoration of renal artery patency in case of stenosis and thrombosis
      • Restoration of patency of arteries of other locations in case of stenosis and thrombosis
      • Arterial aneurysm treatment
      • Treatment of endoleaks in aneurysms
      • Vascular closure in arterial bleeding (embolization)
      • Sclerotherapy for uterine fibroids
    • Venous interventions
      • Treatment of venous stenosis and thrombosis
      • Implantation of the inferior vena cava filters
      • Sclerotherapy for varicocele
      • Formation of shunts for hemodialysis
      • Selective adrenal blood sampling
    • Liver interventions
      • Transarterial chemoembolization
      • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting (TIPS)
    • Installation of port systems for venous access
    • Percutaneous tumor ablation
    • MRI/ultrasound-guided fusion prostate biopsy
    • MRI-guided interventions
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Education

  • 1984 - 1990 Study of Human Medicine at the University of Tuebingen.
  • 1989 - 1991 Internship, Municipal Hospital Esslingen.
  • 1991 Doctoral thesis defence (magna cum laude), University of Tuebingen. 
  • 1991 - 1997 Residency, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Neurology, University Hospital Benjamin Franklin, Berlin.
  • 1997 - 1999 Fellow, Radiology, University Hospital Benjamin Franklin, Berlin.
  • 2001 Habilitation in Radiology, Free University of Berlin.

Professional Career

  • 1999 - 2001 Head of the Section of Angiography and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Benjamin Franklin, Free University of Berlin.
  • 2001 - 2003 Visiting Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University, and Attending Physician, Section of Angiography and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Health System, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
  • 2003 - 2004 Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
  • 2003 Medical Consultant, Siemens Medical Solutions, MR Development, Erlangen.
  • 2004 - 2008 C3 Professor of Radiology, Vice Chairman, Head, Section of Angiography and Interventional Radiology, Charité University Hospital Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin.
  • 2007 - 2008 Head of the Section of Interventional Radiology, Charité University Hospital Berlin, Campus Mitte/Virchow/Benjamin Franklin.
  • 2008 - 2010 Visiting Professor of Radiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Section of Vascular Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • 2010 - 2016 Adjunct Professor of Radiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • Since 2010 W3 Professor of Radiology and Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Hannover Medical School.
  • Since 2014 Head of the Imaging Unit, Clinical Research Center Hannover.
  • Since 2014 Board of Directors, Research Campus STIMULATE: Solution Centre for Imaging-guided Local Therapies, Magdeburg, Germany.
  • Since 2015 Medical Executive Director, Radiology Center, Hannover Medical School, Germany.

Major Clinical and Scientific Interests

  • Imaging-guided therapies.
  • Interventional oncology.
  • Quantitative imaging and functional body MRI.

Awards

  • 2000 International Society for Digestive Surgery, Grassi Award.
  • 2001 German Society of Radiology, Second Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Award.

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