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Hospital Kassel

location_on Kassel, Germany
9.9/10 from 46 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Neuroradiology (669295)

Ralf Siekmann

Dr. med.

Ralf Siekmann

Specialized in: adult and pediatric diagnostic, interventional neuroradiology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Neuroradiology at the Hospital Kassel offers the widest range of services for the diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves using the advanced imaging systems. The department's doctors cooperate closely with specialists in the field of neurosurgery, neurology and pediatric neurology. Such an approach guarantees the patient a comprehensive assessment of the state of the nervous system and a favourable treatment outcome. The department is headed by Dr. med. Ralf Siekmann.

The department is equipped with modern technical devices, including 64-slice CT scanner, 1,5 and 3,0 Tesla MRI, biplane angiography system with 3D imaging of the blood vessels and bone structures, system for myelography of the entire spine and ultrasound scanners. All these devices are used not only for the diagnostics, but also for interventional procedures to treat obstructions, stenoses and other pathological vascular lesions in the head, neck and spine. 

The most popular interventional therapeutic procedures include clipping and coiling for cerebral vascular aneurysms, as well as cerebral vascular malformations. The image-guided interventional therapeutic procedures in the cerebral and spinal cord are performed using a special intra-arterial catheter, which is inserted into the body through the pelvic area. The catheter with only 2 mm in diameter, is delivered through the arteries to the neck, then an even smaller catheter with a diameter of half a millimeter is inserted through it into the patient's brain, with the help of which the required therapeutic measures are performed. In some cases, it is possible to perform a direct puncture in order to provide access, for example, in the case of facial and spinal tumors. The main field of application of neuroradiological therapeutic procedures is the treatment of cerebral aneurysms. Endovascular interventions for this life-threatening pathology are a breakthrough in modern medicine, since quite recently the only method for the elimination of cerebral aneurysm was open surgery with craniotomy.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and interventional treatment of the following neurological disorders:

  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Brain arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous fistulas of the vessels of the brain and spinal cord
  • Carotid and intracranial artery stenosis
  • Arterial obstruction in acute stroke
  • Other diseases and pathological conditions

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Diagnostic examinations
    • Computed tomography (CT), including CT perfusion
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including MRI spectroscopy
    • Biplane angiography with 3D imaging of the blood vessels and bone structures
    • Myelography of the entire spine
    • Ultrasound scanning
  • Image-guided interventional therapeutic procedures for vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord
    • Clipping and coiling for cerebral vascular aneurysms, cerebral vascular malformations
    • Dilation for cerebrovascular stenosis
  • Other diagnostic and treatment methods

Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum Kassel

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