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Department of diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology

Prof. Dr. med. Mirko Pham
neuroradiology

About the department

The diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology department at University Hospital Wurzburg (UKW) deals with diagnosing and endovascular therapy of vascular diseases of the brain, spinal cord, head and neck. These diseases include aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and stroke. The department has state-of-the-art endovascular devices, which neurosurgeons insert through catheters into peripheral blood vessels to treat vascular anomalies in the brain or spine. Specialists successfully use endovascular devices to block abnormalities within vessels, protect against bleeding, or open blocked arteries to improve blood flow. Doctors use coils, stents and implants only from international manufacturers proven over the years in their practice.

The department also has modern equipment for neuroradiological diagnostics. Diagnostic rooms are equipped with MRI scanners 1.5 and 3T, 128-slice computed tomography, modern digital X-ray equipment, and systems for neurophysiological tests. Studies of the brain, the head and neck, the shoulders and arms, the spine including the spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system require exceptionally high demands on-device technology and on medical and technical personnel. Diagnostic procedures are planned, conducted and evaluated by experts with many years of experience. A careful and accurate diagnosis helps to quickly recognize the disease and start treatment as soon as possible.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Brain aneurism
  • Stroke
  • Vascular malformations in the face, head, neck and body
  • Vascular tumours in the head and spinal cord
  • Vascular fistulas and arteriovenous dural fistulas
  • Occlusion of vessels of the neck and head
  • Vascular fistulas and ateriovenous fistulas
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Neuropathic pain in spinal nerve lesion
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Headaches (decrease of the cerebrospinal fluid volume) 

Diagnosis: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Neurological examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Radiography (X-ray scan) 
  • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) 
  • Digital angiography 

Treatment: 

  • Drug therapy 
  • Pain interventions
  • Minimally invasive procedures 
  • Endovascular procedures 
  • Embolization of intracranial and head and neck aneurysms
  • Intracranial and extracranial angioplasty and stenting
  • Spinal implant procedure
  • Catheter procedures 
  • Radiofrequency tumour ablation
  • Other treatment services
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1998 - 2005 Medical School at the University of Tuebingen, Germany (summa cum laude)
  • 2001 - 2002 Internship at the University Hospital Guadalajara, Mexico

Experience

  • 2008 - 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow and Group Leader MR Neurography at the Department of Neuroradiology (Prof. Dr. M. Bendszus), University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2012 Attending Physician in the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology
  • 2012 Board Certification in Neuroradiology
  • 2011 Board Certification in Diagnostic Radiology
  • 2005 - 2007 Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Dr. L. Solymosi, Department of Neuroradiology, University of Würzburg, Germany

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2014 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Prize of the German Radiology Society
  • 2012 Senior Award of the European Society of Neuroradiology (Lucien Appel Award)
  • 2012 Coolidge Award for Research in Diagnostic MR Imaging
  • 2010 Senior Award of the German Society of Neuroradiology (Kurt Decker Award)
  • 2007 Best Selected Paper in Clinical Neuroradiology
  • 2006 Junior Award of the German Society of Neuroradiology (Marc Dünzl Award)
  • German Society of Radiology
  • German Society of Neuroradiology
  • European Society of Neuroradiology
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