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Hans-Ulrich Kauczor - expert in diagnostic radiology

Since the 1st March 2008, the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the University Hospital in Heidelberg has a new medical director: Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor (45) succeeds Professor Dr. Günter Kauffmann, who has held the position for 20 years and is now retiring from the chair of diagnostic radiology and as the director of the department of radiology in the clinic.

Professor Kauczor has been working closely with the Heidelberg Hospital since 2003 as the head of the Department of Radiology at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. “I look forward to continuing my scientific work in the hospital,” explained Professor Kauczor who also sees great opportunities in the close cooperation with the DKFZ for the quicker transfer of innovations into patient treatment. Kauczor’s scientific work is mainly focused on the accurate and early detection of malignant tumours using innovative methods such as magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) and computer tomography (CT).

Research focus: Diagnosis of tumour diseases and MRT of the lung

Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Kauczor (Photo: private)
“Diagnostic radiology provides more and more precise images and therefore is a key discipline in the treatment of tumour patients, but also in the treatment of many other diseases,” explains Professor Dr. J. Rüdiger Siewert, Executive Medical Director at the University Hospital Heidelberg. “With Professor Kauczor we have managed to attract an international expert who will give us specific help in further developing the National Centre of Tumour Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg, both with scientific and clinical excellence.

After his medical studies in Bonn and Heidelberg, Professor Kauczor did his specialist medical training in radiology at the University Hospital of Mainz. In his habilitation, Kauczor dealt with the investigation of lung function using MRT and CT, work that has received many awards. His interest in the diagnosis of lung diseases using MRT continues to the present day. In 2003, Kauczor became the head of a department at the DKFZ, as well as becoming professor at the University of Heidelberg. Right from the beginning he has been involved in establishing the NCT, which is a joint future project between the University Hospital, DKFZ and German Cancer Aid.

Organisation of the new Centre of Radiology

In the hospital, Professor Kauczor has access to a ‘treasure’ to which only a few hospitals in Europe have access: the PACS (picture archiving and communication system), a computer-assisted picture archiving system. X-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRT pictures and the medical findings are stored digitally and can easily be retrieved with the click of a mouse. The time-consuming collection and search for X-ray images has become a thing of the past. “Now, we have to deal with how to store the large number of images that are produced by systems that are becoming more and more effective,” said Professor Kauczor.

Another challenge is the organisation of the new Centre for Radiology at the University Hospital that is currently being set up. The new centre will integrate all radiological bases and devices and thus make sure that the devices are used continuously and are specifically directed at patient treatment and research.

The new centre will also involve close cooperation with the Department of Neuroradiology, which has been managed by Professor Dr. Martin Bendszus since November 2007. “We are hoping that the appointment of renowned scientists to positions in the fields of diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology will considerably increase the University Hospital’s profile,” explains Professor Siewert.

Source: University Hospital Heidelberg - 06.03.2008 (EJ)
Further information:
Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor
Medical Director
Department of Diagnostic Radiology
University Hospital Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 (0)6221-56 6410
E-mail: hu.kauczor@med.uni-heidelberg.de

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