University Hospital Marburg UKGM

location_on Marburg, Germany
8.17/10 from 18 Votes

Department of Nuclear Medicine (590782)

Markus Luster

Prof. Dr. med.

Markus Luster

Specialized in: nuclear medicine

About the department

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital UKGM offers all the options of radioisotope diagnostics and treatment. Nuclear medicine methods allow for imaging not only the organs and anatomical structures of the body, but also the metabolic processes that occur in them. The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of cancer, cardiological pathologies, neurological and psychiatric disorders. The department’s doctors annually conduct about 10,000 in vivo studies and about 500 therapeutic procedures with radionuclides. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Markus Luster.

The diagnostic and therapeutic service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostic options
    • Thyroid examinations
      • Ultrasound
      • Scintigraphy with technetium-99m and radioactive iodine isotopes 
    • Parathyroid examinations
      • Ultrasound
      • Scintigraphy
    • Adrenal examinations
      • Functional study of the adrenal cortex
    • Heart examinations
      • Myocardial scintigraphy
      • Radionuclide ventriculography
    • Cancer examinations
      • Skeletal scintigraphy to detect metastases
      • Bone marrow scintigraphy to detect metastases
      • Receptor scintigraphy to detect neuroendocrine tumors of the digestive tract
      • Gastrin receptor scintigraphy (developed by the department’s specialists) to detect rare forms of thyroid tumors (medullary carcinomas or C-cell tumors), small cell lung cancer, certain brain tumors, neuroendocrine tumors
      • Diagnostics of tumors of the adrenal medulla (neuroblastoma) in children
    • Lung examinations
    • Skeleton bone examinations to detect metastases and inflammatory processes in bones and joints
    • Kidney examinations
      • Kidney scintigraphy
      • Static kidney scintigraphy
      • Kidney perfusion scintigraphy
    • Nervous system examinations
      • Emission computed tomography of the brain
    • Gastrointestinal examinations
      • Receptor scintigraphy
      • Functional scintigraphy of the liver, spleen and other organs of the digestive tract
    • Diagnostics of inflammatory processes
    • PET-CT combined diagnostic method
    • Diagnostics using the PSMA ligand
  • Therapeutic options
    • Radioiodine therapy for the treatment of benign and malignant thyroid diseases
    • Therapy of malignancies of the hematopoietic system and lymph nodes (lymphomas)
    • Radioimmunotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphomas
    • Therapy with radioactively labeled receptor-binding peptides (for neuroendocrine tumors of the digestive tract, medullary thyroid carcinoma)
    • Therapy of inflammatory joint diseases
    • Palliative care for patients with pain caused by metastatic tumors
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. med. Markus Luster is the Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital Marburg UKGM. The specialist received his medical education at the Faculty of Medicine of the Essen University. This was followed by an internship at the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the hospital of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA. After returning to Germany in 1993, Prof. Luster continued his clinical activities at the hospitals in Essen and Würzburg, where he held the position of Senior Physician since 2000. In 2008, he was appointed Professor at the University of Ulm.

Since 2016, Dr. Markus Luster has been a Member of the Board of Directors (Deputy President) of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine (DGN). In this position, he acts as the coordinator of the committee and is also responsible for the treatment of thyroid diseases. From 2012 to 2016, the specialist headed the Working Group on the Treatment of Thyroid Diseases. Prof. Luster is currently Chairman of the Thyroid Committee of European Society of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) and a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Self-Help Groups "Life without Thyroid"(Germany) and "Butterfly Trust" (UK).

Photo of the doctor: (c) UKGM - Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg GmbH 

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