Clinic for Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine uses radioactive substances for examination and treatment. Nuclear medical "in-vivo-diagnostics" employ radioactively "labelled" compounds to measure or visualise the function of certain organs, e.g. in case of diseases of the thyroid gland, heart, kidneys, lung, brain, bones, or joints.
The focus of the therapeutic measures with radioactive iodine are benign and malignant thyroid diseases (the latter, however, are treated in this way only after surgery). According to the German decree on radiation protection, patients undergoing such treatment have to be isolated in authorised special clinics for a certain period of time.
Like all nuclear medical wards, we are also faced with the problem of sometimes having to subject our patients to extended periods of waiting for treatment. Due to a modification of the radiation protection decree in 1998, it has become possible to reduce these waiting periods to some extent.
Moreover, having obtained approval for increasing the number of beds in our clinic, the practice of this treatment - which is highly effective but almost free of side-effects - will be a lot easier for us in the future, once the necessary rebuilding has been carried out.
Radioactive substances are also put to use for pain therapy of patients with bone metastases, as well as in the treatment of chronically inflamed joints, in addition to medical antirheumatic therapy, or following the operative treatment of chronically inflamed joints. These treatments can also be carried out on an outpatient basis.
Dr. med. Andreas Knierim
74523 Schwäbisch Hall
Tel. 0791-80 10
Fax 0791-85 110