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Department of Neuroradiology - University Hospital Erlangen

University Hospital Erlangen

Erlangen, Germany
Department id # 459035
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Prof. Dr. med. Arnd Dörfler
Department of Neuroradiology
Specialized in: neuroradiology

About the Department of Neuroradiology at University Hospital Erlangen

The Department of Neuroradiology at the University Hospital Erlangen carries out high-precision imaging diagnostics and effective image-guided interventional treatment. The department's doctors specialize in the diagnostics and treatment of pathologies of the central and peripheral nervous system – brain and spinal cord, peripheral nerve endings. Many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. It is worth noting the high professionalism of the team of doctors of the department and their extensive clinical experience, which, in combination with the latest technologies, make it possible to diagnose and treat even particularly complex neurological disorders. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Arnd Dörfler.

To provide top-class medical care, the department has state-of-the-art equipment, including progressive systems for classical computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, MR spectroscopy, MR angiography, diffusion tensor MRI, digital subtraction angiography, DYNA CT scans. Imaging equipment allows making an accurate diagnosis in case of suspected stroke, brain or spinal cord tumors, inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the nervous system, headaches and dizziness of unknown origin, herniated discs, cerebral aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, peripheral nerve compression syndromes, as well as timely detection of such severe diseases as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

In the field of interventional therapy, key attention is paid to interventional procedures for the elimination of vascular obstruction and stenosis in the neck and brain, as well as to mechanical thrombectomy for the treatment of acute stroke, interventional procedures for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous vascular malformations, interventional pain therapy for chronic back pain. The interventional procedures with the use of catheters, stents and other endovascular devices are an excellent alternative to classical open surgery that can lead to irreversible damage to the nervous system. In addition, minimally invasive procedures greatly facilitate the patient's recovery after the intervention. As a rule, after performing such a therapeutic procedure, the patient can leave the department after a few days. With all the above mentioned advantages, neuroradiological treatment methods are not inferior to classical surgery in terms of their efficiency.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Diagnostic options
    • Conventional CT scans and MRI
    • Functional MRI
    • DYNA CT scans
    • Diffusion tensor MRI
    • MR spectroscopy
    • Myelography
    • CT scans and MRI angiography for cerebrovascular imaging (also with contrast enhancement)
    • Digital subtraction angiography
    • Classical radiography
    • Ultrasound examinations
  • Therapeutic options
    • Mechanical thrombectomy in stroke
    • Interventional treatment of cerebral aneurysms with coiling
    • Interventional treatment of vascular stenoses and obstructions in the brain and neck using minimally invasive catheter interventions (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty)
    • Interventional treatment of vascular malformations (arteriovenous malformations and arteriovenous fistulas)
    • Embolization for the treatment of chronic subdural hematomas
    • CT or X-ray-guided pain management for spinal pain (for example, infiltration, facet block, periradicular therapy, vertebroplasty)
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

  • Since 2014 (W3) Professor for Neuroradiology at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  • Since 2004 (C3) Professor for Neuroradiology at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and Head of the Department of Neuroradiology at the University Hospital Erlangen.
  • 1997 - 2004 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Neuroradiology, Institute of Radiology, University Hospital Essen.
  • E-learning "Management in Healthcare and Social Services".
  • 2002 Habilitation. Subject: "Radiological diagnostics and experimental stroke therapy".
  • 1994 - 1997 Research Fellow in the Department of Neuroradiology, University Hospital Heidelberg; clinical year in the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 1994 Doctoral thesis defense. Subject: "Magnetic resonance imaging in stroke".
  • Study of Medicine at the Universities of Heidelberg and Zurich.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Interventional treatment of vascular malformations (aneurysms, angiomas and fistulas) of the brain and spinal cord using special coils, stents, etc.
  • Interventional treatment of stenosis of the arteries supplying the brain (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, stent implantation).
  • Functional imaging techniques for the diagnostics of stroke and epilepsy.
  • Non-invasive diagnostics of vascular pathologies in the neck and brain (MR angiography, CT angiography).
  • Preventive examinations of the vessels in the neck and brain.

Awards, Prizes and Honors

  • 2002 Kurt Decker Prize of the German Society for Neuroradiology.
  • 1998 "Certificate of Excellence" at the Neuroradiology Symposium, Philadelphia, USA.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Erlangen