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Department of radiology and interventional radiology

Prof. Dr. med. Jens Ricke
radiology, interventional radiology

About the department

The department of radiology and interventional radiology at University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich provides the whole range of radiological diagnostic and imaging-guided (interventional radiology) procedures. The department offers state-of-the-art diagnostics following national and international standards. In addition, they offer an extraordinary range of image-guided, interventional radiological, minimally invasive interventions for therapeutic measures in the most diverse, even very rare clinical pictures. The department includes computer tomography (CT), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), conventional X-ray, ultrasound centre PET/CN (in cooperation with the department of nuclear medicine). Some of the equipment is used here for the first time globally. Medical care is provided both inpatient and outpatient. Thanks to experienced doctors and modern equipment, patients receive a high level of medical services, while the caring nursing staff takes care of a comfortable stay in the hospital.

The main focus of the departments lies in the consultation, treatment and care of patients with diseases that are accessible to local therapy, such as tumour and vascular diseases, spinal problems, osteoid osteomas, etc. The department is famous for transarterial embolization approaches and ablations for the liver, pancreas, etc. In addition to treatment, the department's goal is to recognize the disease as early as possible to prevent its further development.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Oncological diseases (uterine myomas, prostate cancer)
  • Cardiovascular diseases (arterial and venous stenoses and occlusions)
  • Lung diseases (pneumonia, pneumothorax)
  • Musculoskeletal diseases (osteoarthritis, fractures)
  • Gastrointestinal diseases (intestinal obstruction or perforation of the abdominal organs)
  • Breast disorders 
  • Central and peripheral nervous system diseases 
  • Other pathological conditions 

Diagnostic:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET-CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Conventional X-ray examinations
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Ultrasound examinations
  • Other diagnostic options

Treatment options (interventional radiology):

  • Brachytherapy 
  • Selective internal radiation therapy
  • Local ablative therapy for the treatment of liver tumours and metastases (radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, transarterial chemoembolization (TACE))
  • Local ablative therapy for the treatment of fibroids (myoma embolization)
  • Local ablative therapy for the treatment of prostatic hyperplasia (prostate embolization)
  • Local ablative therapy for the treatment of osteoid osteoma (radio-frequency ablation (RFA))
  • Therapy planning under interdisciplinary coordination within the framework of the tumour
  • Aftercare after local therapies 
  • Other treatment services 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1985 - 1992 Study of Medicine at the Heinrich Heine University of Duesseldorf.
  • Scholar of the Steuben Schurz Research Society, Department of Medicine, University of California, Davis, USA.
  • 1992 Intern, Department of Surgery, District Hospital Grevenbroich.
  • 1992 - 2000 Intern and Research Fellow, Department of Radiotherapy, University Hospital Charite, Campus Virchow, Berlin.
  • 1993 Defense of doctoral thesis, University of Dusseldorf. Subject: "Results of the surgical treatment of oesophagal cancer"
  • 1999 Medical Specialist in Radiology.
  • 2001 Habilitation and Venia Legendi, University Hospital Charite, Berlin.

Experience

  • 1999 - 2006 Head of the Working Group on Digital Radiology, including telemedicine, data transmission and archiving systems, Department of Radiotherapy, University Hospital Charite, Campus Virchow, Berlin.
  • 2001 - 2006 Leading Senior Physician, Department of Radiotherapy (Head: Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. R. Felix), University Hospital Charite, Campus Virchow, Berlin.
  • 2004 - 2006 C3 Professor of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiotherapy, University Hospital Charite, Berlin.
  • 2005 Invitation to the Department of Radiology, Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg.
  • 2006 - 2017 Head of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg.
  • Since 2017, Head of the Department of Radiology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, as well as the Chief Physician of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology.

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Impact of combined selective internal radiation therapy and sorafenib on survival in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. 
  • First-line selective internal radiotherapy plus chemotherapy versus chemotherapy alone in patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer (FOXFIRE, SIRFLOX, and FOXFIRE-Global): a combined analysis of three multicentre, randomized, phase 3 trials.
  • Therapeutic Concepts for Oligometastatic Gastrointestinal Tumours.
  • Tumor-Associated Macrophages-Implications for Molecular Oncology and Imaging.
  • Current State of Multidisciplinary Treatment in Cholangiocarcinoma.
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