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2012. We obtained the 40th anniversary

Message from Department manager

Welcome to our website of Division of Radiology and Radiation Oncology, Kobe University Hospital.
In this website, you can find information for patients and referring physicians on diagnostic and
treatment procedures provided at our division.
Please feel free to browse our website, and you may contact us anytime for further information.

Section introduction

Radiography

Radiography section provides imaging services by exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce internal images of the body. The types of procedures include conventional diagnostic X-ray for the thorax, abdomen, bone, etc, mammography and bone density scan.

X-ray computed tomography

X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a method of body imaging in which a thin X-ray beam rotates around the patient. CT scans at our department provide cross-sectional images to a few millimeters thickness, therefore, it is possible to detect even tiny lesions in the body. CT is now very widely used for the diagnosis and assessment of treatment.
As CT uses X-rays, at our department, we use an automatic exposure control system (AEC), which can reduce the radiation exposure during the CT examination.

Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive imaging examination that uses a strong magnetic field, instead of X-ray. MRI can provide images of any cross-section of organs and tissues with excellent tissue contrast. Thanks to the excellent contrast, MRI can demonstrate detailed anatomy and pathology of soft tissue and nerves, and visualize the blood vessels without administration of contrast agent.

Angiography & IVR

Interventional radiology (IVR) techniques that use angiography techniques have enabled minimally invasive endovascular procedures without performing surgery.

Nucler medicine and Molecular Imaging

Nuclear medicine uses a small amount of radioactive tracer to visualize morphology and functions of various organs. As nuclear medicine scans are very accurate for diagnosing functional abnormality, they have been widely applied for the evaluation of heart and brain disorders. Positron emission tomography (PET) scans are now essential for the diagnosis of some malignancies.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is one form of local treatment for cancer and plays the same role as surgery. However, with radiotherapy we have greater chance of organ preservation while maintaining its function. A better quality of life (QOL) can be expected after radiation therapy and its is now one of the major therapeutic options for cancers, along with surgery and chemotherapy.

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