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University Hospital Würzburg

Würzburg, Germany


Department of Nuclear Medicine


Andreas Buck

Prof. Dr. med.

Andreas Buck

Specialized in: nuclear medicine

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The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital of Würzburg provides all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with the use of open radioactive sources. The director of the Department is Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Buck.

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital of Würzburg has 14 special beds. There are annually treated over 1,300 patients (around 1,000 patients with benign and 200 patients with thyroid malignancies). The other 100 cases include various diseases (e.g. pain therapy for bone metastases upon malignant tumors, treatment of inflammatory vascular diseases). 

With the latest diagnostic methods, the Department places a special focus on the diagnosis of thyroid diseases. Over the years, the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Würzburg has been engaged in the further development of different diagnostic methods, such as scintigraphy, sonography and special laboratory diagnosis. There are annually carried out nearly 5,000 of thyroid ultrasound examinations and 50,000 laboratory examinations. Moreover, scientific activity of the Department of Nuclear Medicine under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Buck is focused on the research of iodine metabolism in the thyroid gland. Apart from a special laboratory for determining urine and blood iodine level, there is a measuring device, which determines iodine level in thyroid (the device was developed by the Department). Nowadays the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital of Würzburg is the only research institution in Germany, which conducts such high-accuracy tests.

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Würzburg uses the following devices for diagnosis:

  • Gamma cameras
  • Positron emission tomography scanners
  • Whole-body radiation counters
  • Probe stations
  • High-resolution ultrasonic devices (with the possibility of 3D sonography)
  • Bone density measuring devices
  • X-ray fluorescence device for the determination of thyroid iodine 

The University Hospital of Würzburg annually conducts about 8,500 examinations in the field of nuclear medicine, which are divided among organs in the following way:

  • Thyroid – 1,750
  • Skeleton – 1,600
  • Heart – 300
  • Kidneys – 500
  • Brain, neoplastic diseases, inflammations and other diseases – 1,500
  • Bone density – 2,800

The range of diagnostic and therapeutic services of the Department of Nuclear Medicine includes:

  • Thyroid diseases / Thyroid Laboratory
  • Osteology / osteodensitometry
  • Radiochemistry / radiopharmaceutics
  • Radiation physics / radiation protection
  • Biodosimetry 



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