Minister Barbara Steffens opens Diagnostics Centre Ruhr
The new Diagnostics Centre Ruhr (Diagnostik Zentrum Ruhr (DZR)) was inaugurated on 1 February on the campus of the Ruhr University Bochum and right next door to the Grönemeyer Institute for Microtherapy. The initiators are the Bochum radiologist Prof. Dr. Dietrich Grönemeyer and the cardiologist PD Dr. Bodo Brandts. Both of them are looking forward to building close links between their specialist areas. The NRW Minister for Health, Barbara Steffens, officially opened the diagnostics centre. Together with the founders of the DZR and Dr. med Jens Baas, Chairman of the Techniker Krankenkasse, the Minster then took part in a panel discussion chaired by the TV journalist Ranga Yogeshwar (Quarks&Co.).
“The main focuses of the new facility include diagnosing non-specific thorax pain and non-invasive vascular diagnostics using low-dose cardio CT”, Grönemeyer summed it up. “Of course these diagnostic possibilities will be available to all patients, but it is particularly interesting for women as possible heart problems are more often recognized quite late due to the unknown warning signs.”Brandt also emphasises that: “One of the significant aims from a cardiological point of view is to avoid the too high proportion of diagnostic heart catheters. With low-dose cardio CT we finally have a method which can fulfil this task with much better diagnostic validity and significantly reduced radiation.” Grönemeyer continues: “CT is nothing new for us, we have been working with computer tomography for over 20 years. We have always tried to keep the dose of radiation as low as possible in spite of achieving high quality image quality. The first low-dose-volume CT with which a complete organ, such as the heart, can be scanned in a fraction of a second without any moving parts provides us with additional uses for CT. Both the examination time and the radiation dose can be reduced drastically with this technology.” Brandts and Grönemeyer both agree that; “The aim must be to provide such innovative technologies and interdisciplinary cooperation for a broad range of patients”.