Images from the Inside of Men

Medical Imaging Between a Basic Science, Diagnostics, and Therapy

Image-guided diagnostics and therapy are an integral part of medicine and often lead the way in terms of how to deal with patients. In addition to providing patients with 24/7 care, the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventionary Radiology at the Zurich University Hospital for Research provides research and teaching in the field of medical imaging.

Shortly after discovering them, in 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was also the first to use 'x-rays', as he called them, for the purpose of medical diagnostics. Ever since, radiology has combined basic science and immediate use for people.

At the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventionary Radiology at the Zurich University Hospital, research is conducted throughout the entire field of medical imaging. We work to improve and refine computertomographic processes, which are indispensable in numerous diagnoses. They are particularly marked in the areas of emergency medical services, diseases involving tumors, and various organ-specific ailments affecting the heart, the blood vessels, and the lungs. We make progress in the fields of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), for example when it comes to illnesses of the organs in the stomach, the breasts, the musculature, and the peripheral nervous system. In the field of interventionary radiology, minimally invasive, imaging-assisted processes are developed and put to use. We improve the early recognition of illnesses, and sonography plays an important role in that. We develop technologies that open up new possibilities through artificial intelligence, for example in terms of ensuring the quality of diagnoses and in the characterization of those that are found, which are not otherwise visible to the human eye.

The Institute for Diagnostic and Interventionary Radiology has more than 120 employees and offers all diagnostic imaging procedures and imaging-assisted interventionary techniques. Research and teaching are an indispensable part of the work in our institution. More

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