University Hospital Muenster

location_on Muenster, Germany
9.8/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Clinical Radiology ( 326818)

Walter Heindel

Prof. Dr. med.

Walter Heindel

Specialized in: clinical radiology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Education, clinical and scientific careers

  • 1978 - 1984 Medical education at the University of Erlangen and approbation
  • 1985 Thesis defence, Excellent
  • 1984 - 1998 Further education and qualification in radiology at the Institute of Radiological Diagnostics of the University of Cologne
  • 1990 Specialist in Radiology
  • 1990 - 1993 Head of the project "Image-guided selective MR spectroscopy" by the DFG society
  • 1991 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Prize
  • 1991 Habilitation in Clinical Radiology
  • 1994 Acquisition of the Neuroradiology Coordination Center 
  • 1997 Hermann Holthusen Prize
  • Since 1998, C4 Professor of Radiology at the Medical Faculty and Director of the Institute for Clinical Radiology, University of Münster
  • Since 2005, Foundation of the MRI Center at the University Hospital Münster 
  • 2009 Expansion of the MRI Center with systems from 1.5 to 9.4 Tesla
  • 2012 Foundation of the Imaging Diagnostics Center (TRIC) and the Clinical Trial Center Radiology (CTCR) 
  • Since 2012, Managing Editor of the medical journal "RöFo"
  • 2013 Development of modern infrastructure for percutaneous interventions in all vascular sites
  • 2016 Professorship in Translational Radiology

Scientific focuses
Early detection of diseases by means of imaging diagnostics (Screening – Molecular Imaging – Innovative Imaging Techniques) 
Minimally invasive image-guided treatmen

As one of the leading radiological central institutes in Germany, the Department of Clinical Radiology at the University Hospital Muenster provides the state-of-the-art imaging diagnostics and image guided therapies for all outpatients and inpatients. The full range of radiological services is available, including minimally invasive diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures, as well as diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology and pediatric radiology. Chief physician of the department is Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Walter Heindel.

In addition to conventional computed tomography and PET-CT as well as magnetic resonance imaging and PET-MRI, the department specializes in senologic radiology (diagnostics of female and male breast). Depending on the diagnostics objective, various procedures can be administered including the digital mammography, digital tomosynthesis (“DBT”), high-frequency ultrasound and magnetic resonance tomography with appropriate biopsy techniques. The senologic radiology is a central part of the Breast Center at the University Hospital Muenster and one of the 15 centers nationwide participating in the project led by the German consortium of the familial breast and ovarian cancer.

The range of services of the senologic radiology:

  • Digital mammography
  • Digital tomosynthesis ("DBT")
  • High resolution ultrasound including color Doppler and elastography
  • Ultrasound, X-ray and MR-guided biopsies
  • Staging examinations with the aid of MRI and CT before planned surgery

In addition, the department also stands for diagnostic angiography and minimally invasive interventions. In the functional unit for diagnostic angiography and intervention, about 1,500 image-guided examinations and therapies are performed each year. For the visualization of the blood vessels, the department has at its disposal CT, MRT and catheter-based angiography as well as a variety of technical options for vascular imaging. Both arteries and veins can be examined with the mentioned methods. The choice of the imaging method is essentially dependent on the diagnostics objective. While arteries and veins can be visualized by CT or MRI, both the imaging and treatment of vascular disease can only be performed by means of the catheter-assisted angiography.

Therapy of vascular diseases:

  • Treatment of chronic or acute vascular stenoses or occlusions in the pelvic and leg arteries by means of state-of-the-art balloon and stent technologies
  • Treatment of chronic or acute vascular stenoses or occlusions in the area of the intestinal arteries by means of the most up-to-date balloon and stent technologies
  • Treatment of vascular stenoses or occlusions in dialysis shunts
  • Treatment of vascular stenoses or occlusions in the renal arteries
  • Treatment of secondary complications after aneurysm therapy (embolization of endoleaks, recanalization of vessels, etc.)
  • Treatment of vascular anomalies on the trunk, internal organs and extremities in adults and children

Therapy of tumor diseases:

  • Treatment of liver tumors by means of local chemotherapy (TACE), local embolization therapy (TAE) or selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) as well as CT-controlled ablation procedures (radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation)
  • Vascular occlusion of tumor vessels prior to surgery on the musculoskeletal system and internal organs

Further therapy options:

  • Installation of transjugular portosystemic shunts (TIPSS) for the treatment of portal hypertension, etc.
  • Gynecological embolizations (uterine myoma embolization, female pelvic vein syndrome / pelvic congestion syndrome)
  • Therapy of prostatic hyperplasia (prostate embolization)
  • Therapy of varicocele in men (embolization / sclerotherapy)

Main focuses of the department include:

  • Computed tomography and PET-CT
  • Magnetic resonance imaging and PET-MRI
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Senologic radiology
  • Diagnostic angiography and minimally invasive interventions
    • Vascular anomalies

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