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Fax: 044 386 33 19
Opening hours from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
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The Radiology Department at Balgrist University Hospital uses imaging to diagnose conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. Our activities cover the entire spectrum of imaging techniques and we are equipped with modern MRI scanners, CT scanners, ultrasound scanners, fluoroscopes and X-ray machines. The whole radiology team is fully specialised in the musculoskeletal system, making it the only team of its kind in Switzerland. All of our services are directly available to all patients and external referring doctors and hospitals.
Sports injuries are more complex than other changes to the musculoskeletal system. Assessment of such injuries requires in-depth understanding of biomechanics and the sport in question. We use the findings from our research to help us diagnose and treat sports injuries. A specialised team using the state-of-the-art equipment is on hand to assist top athlete, round the clock if necessary.
Specific imaging for rheumatologic disorders is one focal point of our clinical and scientific activities. Assessment tools, such as full-body MRI scans for ankylosing spondylitis or MRI scans of hands and feet for early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, are becoming increasingly important for individual patient treatment.
The advances made in orthopaedic surgery mean that the demands placed on diagnostic imaging are becoming more and more complex. The examinations we offer range from function tests, measurements and calculations to post-implant imaging and customised examinations for planning operations.
Minimally invasive pain therapy
We perform a large number of imaging-assisted minimally invasive procedures (e.g. injecting pain and inflammation inhibitors into disc hernias).
We use state-of-the-art equipment and are constantly adapting it to meet the needs of our patients. For instance, we have the high-field MRI scanners with the widest bores on the market. We have the following equipment at present (see also: tour):
2 digital X-ray machines with wireless flat panel detectors
1 ultrasound scanner
1 CT scanner (40-slice computer tomography)
3 MRI scanners, of which one is a 3 tesla scanner and two are 1.5 tesla scanners. Two of our MRI scanners have patient-friendly, 70 cm-wide bores.
We have had a system for electronically saving and distributing data from patient examinations (PACS) since 2002. Information from all pre-examinations is available online at all times, where it can be compared and discussed with referring doctors.
We believe that clinically-oriented research is an integral part of what we do. Research leads to more accurate diagnoses and more targeted use of imaging. It is also an important quality assurance measure.
You can find more information on areas within the Radiology Department (in German) by clicking here.