Neurooncological Imaging in Neuroradiology
Modern imaging plays a central role in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors. Neuroradiological assessment aids in tumor detection, differential diagnosis, surgical or radiooncological planning and in monitoring the therapeutic outcome. In addition, it provides valuable data for chosing the optimal neurooncological therapy.
At our clinic, we carry out multiparametric examinations using state-of-the-art magnetic resonance tomographs. Available methods include MR spectroscopy, advanced perfusion and diffusion techniques, and functional MR imaging (fMRI). We can thus examine not only structural changes in the nervous system, but also those in metabolism or blood circulation in various tissues. Measuring and visualizing brain functions and important connecting pathways, enables us to treat brain tumors as radically as possible while preserving important brain functions. This is vital for maintaining the quality of life after treatment.
In addition to stereotactic surgical planning, we do regular intraoperative MR examinations in close collaboration with the Clinic for Neurosurgery. This allows us to assess the results of the operation already during the procedure. We further use multiparametric MR data for neuronavigation.
We also closely collaborate with the Clinic for Nuclear Medicine, e.g. on intermodal hybrid imaging, MRI/CT, and positron emission tomography (PET).
We regularly hold interdisciplinary case discussions and neurooncological "board-meetings" with specialists from several disciplines to ensure optimal therapy for central nervous system