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Department of nuclear medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Jurgen Biersack
nuclear medicine

About the department

The department of nuclear medicine at Beta clinic Bonn is managed by a worldwide-famous clinician and scientist, a professor with numerous awards and publications, and 40 years of experience. Diagnosis and treatment at the department are primarily carried out using radioactive substances. These are usually administered intravenously and then accumulate in the organ systems we want to examine or treat. Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with radioactive substances take place in close cooperation with the nuclear medicine department of the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) and various specialist practices. The treatment with radioactive substances occurs in the therapeutic ward under special radiation protection conditions. All procedures are carried out in close cooperation with the attentive staff of the department.

Benign and malignant thyroid diseases are treated with radioiodine. It is also possible to treat other tumours with different radioisotopes (other than Iodine). The department offers radioisotopes treatment for prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumours and conducts active research in this field. Nuclear medical examinations can complement or replace radiological tests (MRT\CT scans).

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostic spectrum:

  • Clinical and specialist examination
  • Complete specialist laboratory diagnostics (ft3, ft4, TSH, thyroid antibodies, tumour markers)
  • Ultrasound examination of the thyroid gland
  • Duplex sonography of the thyroid gland (examination of blood flow to the thyroid gland and any nodules)
  • Scintigraphy (mild radiation imaging)

Disorders treated:

  • Thyroid diseases (goitre, etc.)
  • Overactive and underactive thyroid
  • Benign and malignant thyroid tumours
  • Liver tumours
  • Liver metastases
  • Prostate cancer
  • Neuroendocrine tumours (carcinoid tumours, islet cell tumours, pheochromocytomas, neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin (Merkel cell cancer), small cell lung cancer, large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma) 
  • Bone metastases

Nuclear medicine range of services:

  • Radioiodine treatment of the thyroid gland
  • Radioisotope treatment of tumours and metastases of different locations
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Doctor profile


  • 1966-1972 Medical student in Bonn
  • 1974 Thesis (MD)
  • 1974-1978 Resident, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Bonn
  • 1978 Venia legendi for Nuclear Medicine in Bonn


  • 1978 Assistant Director, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Bonn
  • 1982 Professor of Nuclear Medicine (Bonn)
  • 1986 Professor and Chairman, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Bonn
  • 1988-1990 Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bonn
  • 1990-1992 Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bonn
  • 1990-1992 Senator, Senate of the University of Bonn

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1992-1994 President, German Society of Nuclear Medicine
  • 1994-1998 President, World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology
  • 1997-2000 Vice-Rector (Research), University of Bonn
  • 2012 Congress President, German Society for Nuclear Medicine
  • Order of Merit/Fed. Republic of Germany, Sign of Honor/Red Cross, Werner Heisenberg Medal 2000
  • Alfred Gütgemann Award 1979
  • Badgastein Lecturer 1988
  • Dr. Luis Guerrero Lecturer 1994
  • L. Rao and Shanta Chervu Lecturer 2000
  • GvHevesy Medal 2000 (Hungary)
  • Author of 600 papers (400 in PubMed-Medline), 650 abstracts and 310 book chapters, 35 books
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