Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine (669292)
Specialized in: diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine
About the department
The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine at the Hospital Kassel offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the areas of its specialization. The department has high-tech equipment for all types of modern imaging tests, image-guided therapeutic procedures, as well as radioisotope examinations and treatment of thyroid diseases using radioiodine therapy. The patients are provided with both inpatient and outpatient medical care. However, hospitalization is usually required only in the case of complex therapeutic interventions. The patients' health is in the good hands of the highly qualified doctors. The specialists regularly undergo advanced training courses, attend medical congresses and symposia, where they find out about innovations in the area of their specialization and share their experience with colleagues. To provide maximum safety for patients, the department strictly adheres to radiation protection standards.
The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Walter Hundt, who is board certified in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, as well as Nuclear Medicine. The doctor is one of the best specialists in this medical field in Germany. Prof. Walter Hundt worked in such leading medical facilities as the University Hospital Heidelberg, the University Hospital Marburg UKGM and the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he gained invaluable clinical experience.
The department's medical team offers excellent diagnostic options to their patients. It carries out such examinations as X-ray, sonography, digital mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography, scintigraphy, etc. All these diagnostic tests help to detect the slightest changes in the human body and accurately determine their origin, while positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography provides not only comprehensive information about changes in the anatomical structures of the human body, but also about metabolism. The radiological diagnostics and diagnostic examinations in nuclear medicine are of particular value for the accurate detection of malignant tumors and metastases.
In addition to high-quality diagnostic examinations, the department's patients are provided with a variety of image-guided therapeutic interventional procedures. The department's radiologists most often perform various catheter procedures to eliminate vascular obstructions and stenosis, procedures for intravascular injection of chemotherapy agents in patients with certain types of tumors (chemoperfusion), percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation for tumor treatment, abscess drainage and other procedures. All the therapeutic procedures are performed under imaging guidance, which excludes damage to the healthy tissues. The interventional techniques are an excellent alternative to classical open surgery, which may be contraindicated, especially for elderly patients or patients with serious concomitant diseases.
The department's range of medical services includes:
- Diagnostic tests
- Classical radiography of the thorax, skeleton and gastrointestinal organs
- Ultrasound scanning of the abdominal organs, thyroid gland, soft tissues of the neck, breast, as well as color-coded duplex ultrasonography of the blood vessels
- Digital mammography including stereotactic vacuum-assisted aspiration biopsy and preoperative stereotaxic marking
- Computed tomography of the head, body, limbs and liver
- CT angiography
- Multiplanar and 3D reconstruction
- Virtual colonoscopy
- CT-guided puncture
- Magnetic resonance imaging of the head, body and limbs
- MRI of the abdominal organs, including magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
- MR mammography, including MRI-guided breast biopsy
- MR angiography
- Cardiac MRI
- Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging
- Angiography of the vessels of all parts of the body
- CO2 angiography
- Digital subtraction angiography
- Diagnostic examinations using radioisotopes (nuclear medicine)
- Detection of the source of gastrointestinal bleeding
- Scintigraphy for suspected inflammation, for example, in the joint
- Thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy for suspected thyroid cancer
- Brain scintigraphy
- Bone marrow scintigraphy
- Lung scintigraphy
- Lymph node scintigraphy
- Scintigraphy for suspected Meckel's diverticulum
- MIBG scintigraphy
- Myocardial scintigraphy
- Adrenal scintigraphy
- Parathyroid scintigraphy
- Kidney scintigraphy
- Esophageal scintigraphy
- Thyroid scintigraphy in combination with ultrasound scanning
- Salivary gland scintigraphy
- Bone scintigraphy
- Sentinel lymph node scintigraphy
- Positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography
- Imaging-guided interventional therapeutic procedures
- Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the peripheral vessels, kidney arteries, abdominal organs, neck and head vessels
- Fibrinolysin therapy and percutaneous thromboembolectomy
- Implantation of endovascular prostheses (stents) and cava filters
- Tumor and vascular malformation embolization
- Sclerotherapy for varicocele
- Biliary tract interventional procedures
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent-shunt placement
- Balloon dacryocystoplasty (dilatation of the tear ducts)
- Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)
- Uterine artery embolization
- Intra-arterial chemotherapy and chemoembolization for malignancies
- Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation for tumors
- Percutaneous vertebroplasty
- Percutaneous pain therapy and neurolysis
- CT- and ultrasound-guided percutaneous puncture
- Abscess drainage
- Radioiodine therapy for thyroid diseases
- Other diagnostic and therapeutic options
In February 2018, Prof. Dr. med. Walter Hundt was appointed Chief Physician of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine at the Hospital Kassel. Prior to that, the specialist held the position of Senior Physician with Management Responsibilities and Deputy Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital Marburg UKGM. Prof. Hundt is a board certified specialist not only in the field of radiology, but also in the field of nuclear medicine. His special clinical interests include interventional diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, as well as PET-CT scanning, which allows to accurately detect the tumor localization and metastases in the human body. Dr. Walter Hundt received his medical education at the Faculty of Medicine of the Saarland University. He had his medical training in England and Chicago, USA. He worked in such prestigious German medical facilities as the University Hospital Heidelberg and the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. From 2001 to 2003, he had his fellowship at Stanford University in the United States, after which he underwent habilitation and became a professor.
Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum Kassel
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