Professor, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Chartered Physicist Wolfgang Schaefer
Head of the Nuclear Medicine Clinic, Kliniken Maria Hilf GmbH, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Wolfgang Schaefer began his clinical and scientific career at the Nuclear Medicine Department of Aachen University Hospital under the supervision of Prof. Ulrich Büll, a world-renowned specialist in this field of medicine. Dr. Schaefer was actively involved in clinical research related to the application of nuclear medicine techniques in cardiology and neuro-oncology. Imaging of malignancies and treatment of benign and malignant thyroid diseases were and still remain his areas of expertise. It was under his supervision that the first in Germany PET-CT device with so-called time-of-flight technology was installed in Aachen University Hospital in 2007. Moreover, Prof. Schäfer was one of the first German physicians certified for PET technology and, ever since receipt of the certificate he has been involved in the certification process of other specialists himself. His research accomplishments are confirmed not only by authorship of more than 50 original articles in international journals and over 100 scholarly papers, but also by 3 honorable awards, including the Alavi-Mandell Award of the US Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). For many years, he has been a member of the scientific committee of the annual conferences of the German Nuclear Medicine Society.
One of Prof. Schaefer’s notable practical achievements was a significant reduction in myocardial scintigraphy radiation exposure, which was made possible by the use of novel tracers. Through application of such tracers, he has managed to significantly improve the quality of molecular imaging in PET-CT studies. The clinic headed by Prof. Schäfer offers state-of-the-art diagnostics of the thyroid gland, including fine-needle biopsy and radioactive iodine therapy for benign and malignant thyroid diseases. In addition, he provides assistance in PET-controlled metastatic thyroid carcinoma surgery.
Oncology radiation imaging
Benign and malignant thyroid diseases diagnostics and therapy
Radiology exams are very important for clinical decision making. With teleradiology, the accuracy of interpretation of such data can be improved by bringing in a third-party expert for primary or secondary evaluation. Practice shows that such "remote" radiology has obvious advantages, but some nuances must be taken into account if you want to get the best results. In fact, the effectiveness of a second opinion depends not only on the technical quality, but also on the completeness of medical data provided in addition to the images.
Diagnostic tools are becoming so precise that one can see even the tiniest tumors that are not associated with any complaints at present, and are not to be associated with them in the future. However, treatment including surgery is increasingly becoming the option in such cases all over the world. Isn’t it worthwhile asking if it really makes sense?
Diagnostic & Theurapeutic Radiology, Thyroid Diseases
Полный спектр методов ядерной медицины, включая иммунную и рецепторную сцинтиграфию