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University Hospital Halle (Saale)

location_on Halle, Germany
9.6/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology (320286)

Walter Wolgemuth

Prof. Dr. Dr.

Walter Wolgemuth

Specialized in: adult and pediatric diagnostic, interventional radiology, neuroradiology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology at the University Hospital Halle (Saale) offers the full range of modern radiological diagnostics and minimally invasive treatment both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. It has advanced equipment for conducting radiological studies in adults and children, as well as minimally invasive procedures under the guidance of imaging systems. There is maintained close cooperation with many departments of the hospital, which provides an interdisciplinary approach to treatment and comprehensive medical care. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Walter Wohlgemuth.

One of the priorities of the department’s work is interventional radiology, which makes it possible to carry out various diagnostic and therapeutic manipulations using percutaneous accesses under the guidance of imaging devices. One of the clearest examples of this focus is digital subtraction angiography (CSA), which can image vessels  with the best possible accuracy without overlapping images. Along with the imaging of blood vessels for diagnostic purposes, this method also allows for therapeutic interventions. For example, it can be used to restore (when treating thrombosis and arterial stenosis) or to block (in aneurysms or the risk of bleeding from tumor vessels) blood flow in the vessels. Both types of procedures – diagnostic imaging and interventions–  can be applied to all parts of the body.

The department also has in its arsenal a digital two-level angiography, which allows to simultaneously perform two series of images using a single injection of a contrast agent, which reduces the radiation load on the patient and shortens the examination time. Also, two-level angiography offers a significantly higher safety with the introduction of a catheter for neuroradiological interventions (for example, removal of blood clots in acute stroke using a stent retriever and microcatheter).

The service range of the department includes:

Diagnostic radiology

  • Computed tomography (CT)
    • Cardiac CT with coronary angiography and assessment of calcium levels
    • CT angiography
    • Virtual colonoscopy
    • CT-guided puncture
    • CT-guided pain therapy (for example, periradicular therapy for back pain)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Vascular MRI
    • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (imaging of the bile ducts and pancreatic duct)
    • Breast MRI (diagnostics and tissue sampling for further testing)
    • Cardiac MRI (perfusion diagnosis, registration of the frequency of contractions, registration of indicators to determine the risk of infarction, various quantitative indicators)
    • Small and large intestine MRI
  • Conventional X-ray examinations
    • Lung and thoracic organs
    • Abdominal and pelvic organs
    • Bones and joints
  • Dynamic radiography with a contrast agent
    • Esophagus
    • Stomach
    • Small and large intestine
    • Urinary tract
    • Veins
    • Fistula imaging
    • Hysterosalpingography
  • Mammography to diagnose breast cancer
  • Other methods of diagnostic radiology

Interventional radiology

  • Angiographic diagnostics (arterial and venous, global, selective and super selective)
  • Recanalization procedures
    • Local fibrinolysis
    • Thrombectomy
    • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (vascular dilatation)
    • Endovascular implantation of prostheses, stents in the abdominal and renal arteries, peripheral arteries (arms and legs), central arteries (neck and brain)
    • Other services
  • Treatment of vascular obstruction
    • Coiling in aneurysms, arteriovenous fistulas, malformations
    • Preoperative reduction of tumor vascularization
    • Treatment of bleedings/ hemorrhages into the tumor
    • Uterine artery embolization for the treatment of uterine myomas
    • Intra-arterial chemotherapy: transarterial chemoembolization, selective internal radiation therapy in liver cancer
    • Other treatments
  • Special intervention procedures
    • Blood test for hormones/functional studies (adrenal glands, parathyroid glands, pancreas)
    • Cava filter implantation
    • Percutaneous removal of a foreign body (for example, fragments of a catheter, remnants of electrodes)
    • Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiodrainage
    • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting (TIPS)
    • Other services
  • Services in the field of extravascular interventional radiology (pain therapy)
    • Sympathetic ganglion blockade
    • Periradicular therapy
    • Facet joint blockade
    • Obturator nerve block
    • Other treatments

Pediatric radiology

  • Ultrasound examinations (including contrast-enhanced ones)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Conventional X-ray diagnostics
  • Fluoroscopy
  • CT scan
  • Bone mineral density measurement
  • Other services

Neuroradiology

  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Functional MRI
  • X-ray examinations of the head and neck
  • Treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors with neuroimaging systems
  • Treatment of cerebral hemorrhages and aneurysms
  • Other services

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