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Department of nuclear medicine

Dr. med. Christian Uhlenbruck
nuclear medicine

About the department

The nuclear medicine department at Helios Hospital Krefeld offers patients the full range of modern diagnostics and therapy in nuclear medicine. The department presents the latest equipment for a variety of diagnostics. The department’s medical team excel at doing PET-CT scans. With the help of PET-CT, the department combines two imaging processes to depict metabolic processes and functions in the body and accurately locate them in the body. Doctors use minimal amounts of radioactively labelled substances, such as glucose to visualise metabolic processes in the heart, brain, or tumours. PET-CT allows doctors to obtain information about the presence of a malignant tumour, tumour spread (staging), treatment effectiveness (therapy control) or tumour recurrence (recurrence, post-treatment changes). Specialists use an open PET-CT machine suitable for claustrophobic fears and patients with a high body mass index.

In addition to diagnostics, the department has many years of experience treating benign and malignant diseases with open, radioactive substances used to visualise metabolic processes. The key focus is the treatment of the thyroid gland with radioiodine therapy. Radioactive iodine treatment is carried out using a small capsule. The advantages of treatment are the absence of side effects and complications, no recovery time and treatment on an outpatient basis. Doctors have also successfully used Sm-153 palliative therapy to treat bone metastasis for the last ten years.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Bone metastases
  • Inflammation, degenerative processes and traumatic bone lesions
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Adenoma of the parathyroid glands
  • Neuroendocrine tumours
  • Thyroid carcinoma
  • Malformations of the kidneys and urinary tract
  • Mammary cancer
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Myeloproliferative diseases

Diagnostics:

  • Skeletal scintigraphy
  • Scintigraphic examination of the heart
  • Kidney function scintigraphy
  • Diagnosis of sentinel lymphatic angles
  • Pulmonary function scintigraphy
  • Tumour scintigraphy
  • Brain scintigraphy
  • Peritumoral lymphoscintigraphy
  • Computed tomography
  • Positron emission tomography 
  • PET-CT

Treatment procedures:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Biological therapy for cancer 
  • External beam radiation 
  • Proton therapy 
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy 
  • Samarium-153 for palliation of bone pain (Sm-153)
  • Lu-177 PSMA therapy
  • Antibody therapy 
  • Iodine-131 therapy 
  • Phosphorus-32 therapy (treating myeloproliferative diseases)
  • Other treatment procedures
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1996 - 1997 Intern, Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Cologne 
  • 1997 Medical License
  • 1997 - 1998 Research Associate, Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Erlangen
  • 1999 Doctorate in Medicine
  • 2001 Board Certification, Munich
  • 2002 Radiology Group Practice in Dortmund

Experience

  • 1999 - 2001 Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Regensburg 
  • 2002 - 2009 Head Physician, Department of Radiological Diagnostics and Nuclear Medicine, Hospital Bremen-Mitte
  • 2008 - 2009 Additional activity at MR-PET/CT Centre Bremen
  • Since 2009 Chief Physician, Department of Adult and Pediatric Nuclear Medicine, Helios Clinic Krefeld
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