What is therapeutic nuclear medicine

What is nuclear medicine diagnostics?

Nuclear medicine encompasses the medical application of radiopharmaceuticals in diagnostics, therapy and science. The Clinic and Polyclinic for Nuclear Medicine offers outpatients and inpatients at the Munich University Hospital the entire spectrum of modern nuclear medicine examination and treatment methods, including pediatric nuclear medicine, and is the largest facility of its kind in Germany.

Technology:

The diagnostic camera systems used in nuclear medicine are usually characterized by a very open design, so that the examinations are well tolerated even without an "oppressive feeling".
The hybrid methods usually used today, such as SPECT / CT or PET / CT, combine the respective advantages and results of the different imaging methods, so that the high anatomical resolution of computed tomography (CT) with the high specific information of nuclear medicine methods (scintigraphy, SPECT, PET) for the benefit of the patient. Sophisticated technology and specialist knowledge in nuclear medicine can significantly optimize the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. However, a lack of knowledge about radioactive radiation and its application in medicine often leads to unfounded fears in patients. In doing so, they usually do not notice more from the examination than the puncture of their vein comparable to a blood sample. The radiation exposure of nuclear medicine examination procedures is usually low due to the very small amounts of the radioactive substances used, as these disintegrate in the short term and are also quickly excreted.

Diagnostics and therapy:

Clinical nuclear medicine offers a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic options, including in oncology (e.g. malignant tumor diseases, sentinel lymph node diagnostics, pain therapy for bone metastases), in neurology (e.g. diseases of the brain, Parkinson's or Alzheimer's diseases) and in cardiology (e.g. cardiovascular and infarct diagnostics ); in addition, modern medical research is often based on nuclear medicine detection methods and findings.
For the diagnosis of diseases, nuclear medicine enables imaging procedures that enable the function, blood flow and metabolism of organs to be shown; So physiological and biochemical processes in the organism are displayed and assessed painlessly. A large number of specific, weakly radioactive drugs make it possible in nuclear medicine to detect the sources or causes of disease in the body, often earlier than with other methods. Due to their specific enrichment mechanisms, radiopharmaceuticals can also be used therapeutically in a very targeted manner. In addition to benign and malignant thyroid diseases, our clinic includes pain therapy for skeletal metastases, joint therapy (radiosynoviorthesis, e.g. for rheumatic diseases), therapy of neuroendocrine tumors and, in particular, SIRT treatment of liver metastases. These nuclear medicine therapy options are often planned on an interdisciplinary basis in close cooperation with other specialist disciplines (including oncologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, surgeons, orthopedists), for example within the framework of the "Comprehensive Cancer Center" (CCC) or the Breast Center.

Quality:

In addition to the implementation of internal quality assurance measures (standardized work instructions, regular internal process analyzes), the nuclear medical examinations and therapeutic procedures carried out in our clinic are regularly assessed by the medical office at the Bavarian State Medical Association. In addition, the responsible senior physicians hold a certificate from the German Society for Nuclear Medicine for performing PET examinations.
Competent specialists, responsible medical-technical assistants and the friendly and helpful nursing staff strive to make your upcoming examination or inpatient stay with us as pleasant as possible.

Information:

If you would like to find out in advance about the measure you are planning to take, the information listed here on the examinations that we frequently carry out in nuclear medicine should be helpful. Please note that this cannot replace a personal medical consultation; We are therefore happy to personally answer any further questions.


Conventional nuclear medicine diagnostics (scintigraphy)

Search for bleeding source: This is a localization method for an unclear bleeding source in the case of acute or intermittent bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Inflammatory scintigraphy: This examination (antigranulocyte scintigraphy) is used very sensitively to depict inflammation foci in the body, e.g. B. [more ...]

Positron emission tomography

What is positron emission tomography? Positron emission tomography (abbreviated to PET) is a nuclear medicine cross-sectional imaging process with which metabolic processes in the human body can be examined and displayed after appropriate image processing. For this purpose, the radiation emerging from the body after injection of a small amount of radioactive substance is measured with detectors arranged in a ring around the patient. [more...]

Nuclear Medicine Polyclinic Patient Information

Telephone registration: (089) 4400-74646 Germany is still, despite great efforts to improve the iodine supply in the diet, goiter endemic area. Frequent consequences are goiters ("goiters") with and without the formation of nodules, which can ultimately lead to thyroid dysfunction. [more...]