University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

location_on Dresden, Germany
8.70435/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (458750)

Ralf-Thorsten Hoffmann

Prof. Dr. med.

Ralf-Thorsten Hoffmann

Specialized in: diagnostic and interventional radiology

About the department

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden offers the full range of services in these focuses. The department has cutting-edge technical equipment: ultrasound devices, conventional X-ray units, systems for angiography, CT, MRI, PET-CT, PET-MRI, etc. All these systems serve not only for diagnostics, but also for preoperative planning, early detection of pathologies, their prevention and therapy. In addition, the department specializes in performing imaging-guided minimally invasive procedures for providing targeted treatment of tumors, vascular diseases, and pain therapy. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Ralf-Thorsten Hoffmann.

It should be noted that the department has implemented an advanced picture archiving and communication system, which provides an instant access to all medical reports and images, which significantly optimizes doctors’ work. The external studies, the results of which are recorded on CD or DVD discs, can easily be imported into the database, which makes it possible to further compare the current and previously produced images.

A huge advantage of the department is also its active and productive research activities. It conducts many current clinical trials, so patients can take part in them, if desired, which is sometimes the only way to combat a pathology.

The service range of the department in the field of diagnostic radiology includes:

  • Computed tomography (CT) is used to diagnose tumors or their metastases, evaluate the progression of malignant diseases, search for foci of infectious diseases (for example, abscesses), determine the severity of injuries in case of accidents (for example, polytraumas), diagnose an acute stroke or an acute cerebral hemorrhage. Also, CT-guided methods are used to conduct tissue sampling (CT-guided puncture), interventional pain therapy, etc.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is performed for an imaging diagnostics of the internal organs, tissues and joints. The images of the human body from any angle may be obtained in a relatively short period of time.
  • Conventional radiography is used for imaging diagnostics of almost all parts of the human body.
  • Angiography and phlebography are an invasive method of examining vessels and veins by injecting a contrast agent through a catheter. It is possible to conduct CT angiography, MRI angiography and digital subtraction angiography.
  • Mammography is carried out for the diagnostics of breast diseases.
  • Other examination methods

The service range of the department in the field of interventional radiology:

  • Facet joint block (treatment of pain due to degeneration of spinal small joints or iliac joints) and periradicular therapy (a method of treating back pain that occurs due to the nerve root lesions)
  • Biopsy and drainage implantation
  • Radiofrequency ablation (most often used for liver tumors, liver metastases, as well as can be effective in lung, kidney tumors, osteoid osteomas, benign bone tumors, etc.)
  • Vertebroplasty (reconstruction of vertebral bodies with the help of special cement)
  • Vascular interventions (interventional treatment of vascular disease, vascular embolization in bleedings and tumors)
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Transarterial chemoembolization for the treatment of liver cancer
  • Selective internal radiation therapy (used to treat malignant liver tumors, for example, liver cancer and liver metastases that can not be treated with surgery or chemotherapy)
  • EndoAVF technique for the treatment of arteriovenous fistulae
  • Other therapeutic services

Curriculum vitae

  • 08/1999 - 01/2001 Intern, Department of Internal Medicine I, Landshut Clinic.
  • 02/2001 - 09/2004 Fellow of the Institute of Clinical Radiology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Grosshadern Hospital.
  • 10/2004 - 11/2006 Acting Head of the Department and Head of the Section of Interventional Radiology and Angiography, Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
  • 11/2006 Medical Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology.
  • 11/2006 - 12/2010 Senior Physician and Head of the Section of Interventional Radiology and Angiography, Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
  • 01/2011 Leading Senior Physician at the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.
  • Distance learning for the Master of Business Administration, "Health Management", Dresden International University.
  • 11/2011 Certified Teacher for all modules of interventional radiology (certification of the German Society of Interventional Radiology).
  • 12/2011 Offer to hold the position of W2 Professor, Interventional Radiology, TU Dresden, in combination with the position of the Deputy Head of the Department.

Academic Activities

  • 12/1996 - 02/1998 Thesis. Subject: "UV-induced skin inflammation and hyperalgesia" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. H.O. Handwerker), Institute of Physiology at the University of Erlangen.
  • 01/2003 - 06/2010 Habilitation. Subject: "The clinical significance of radiofrequency ablation as a minimally invasive method for liver tumor treatment, as well as its use in the treatment of extrahepatic tumors and its combination with other minimally invasive therapies", Institute of Clinical Radiology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Dean: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. M.F. Reiser).
  • 12/2011 Invitation to the position of W2 Professor, Interventional Radiology, TU Dresden.
  • 03/2014 Completion of training for the Master in Health Care Management.


  • More than 85 works in Medline magazines.
  • More than 50 original works in the field of peer review.
  • More than 30 descriptions of clinical cases and review articles.


  • More than 100 scientific reports at international congresses in English.
  • More than 50 reports at congresses in Germany in German.
  • More than 100 reports at national and international congresses (by invitation).

Membership in Scientific Societies

  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
  • European Society of Radiology (ESR).
  • Member of the European Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.
  • European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR).
  • German Society of Roentgenology (DRG).
  • German Society of Interventional Radiology (DeGIR).
  • Bavarian Society of Roentgenology.
  • Roentgenology Society of Saxony.

Review Activities in Scientific Journals

  • Gut (Editor: Prof. Dr. Gerbes).
  • European Radiology (Editor: Prof. Dr. A. Dixon).
  • European Journal of Radiology (Editor: Prof. Dr. H. Imhof).
  • Cardiovascular and interventional Radiology (CVIR) (Editor: Prof. Dr. D. Vorwerk).
  • European Urology (Editor: Prof. Dr. M. Wirth).
  • Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Röntgenstrahlen (RöFo), (Editor: Prof. Dr. Adam).

Editorial Boards

  • PeerEmed (since 2010).

Additional Qualifications

  • Participation in the consensus conference "Embolization in uterine fibroids".
  • Collaboration in the project group "Software" of the German Society for Interventional Radiology (DEGIR).
  • Teacher, Radiofrequency Ablation, European School of Interventional Radiology (ESIR).
  • Cooperation in the creation of S3 guidelines "Diagnosis and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma."


  • 2004 ESGAR Member "Top 50 speakers of the year".

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