Aneurysm and dissection – clarifications

Both conditions can be potentially life-threatening, which is why rapid diagnosis is essential. The diagnostic method of choice in both cases is computed tomography (CT).

CT angiography of a patient with acute type A dissection.

CT angiography of a patient with acute type A dissection.

CT makes it possible to visualize the affected vessels quickly (the scan itself only takes a few seconds) and in great detail. The diagnosis of these complex clinical pictures can be made reliably and correctly using CT and enables the correct therapeutic measures to be initiated. For the examination, contrast medium is injected into the body via a vein in the arm. Vascular CT not only plays a decisive role in emergency situations, but is also the examination method of choice for follow-up checks of conservatively treated vascular changes and aftercare examinations following surgical and interventional procedures such as stent insertion.

3D image (cinematic rendering) of a CT angiography of a patient after endovascular stent placement in the abdominal aorta by interventional radiology.

3D image (cinematic rendering) of a CT angiography of a patient after endovascular stent placement in the abdominal aorta by interventional radiology.

Responsible squad

Hatem Alkadhi, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Vice Director of the Institute, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Tel. +41 44 255 36 62
Specialties: Multimodal cardiovascular imaging, Emergency radiology, Computed tomography

Robert Manka, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Senior Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 44 255 12 51
Specialties: Cardiac imaging (heart MRI & heart CT), Interventional cardiology, Consultation hours for complex coronary interventions

Malgorzata Polacin, PD Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Tel. +41 43 253 15 21
Specialties: Cardiovascular imaging (cardiac MRI, cardiac CT), Oncological imaging

Alexander Gotschy, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology
Attending Physician, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Tel. +41 43 253 78 90
Specialties: Interventional cardiology, Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI), Imaging of congenital heart defects

Oliver Müggler, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Tel. +41 43 253 78 69

Verena Charlotte Wilzeck, Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Tel. +41 43 253 50 37

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Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
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