Nuclear Medicine Basel: Prof. Dr Dr Damian Wild

Prof. Dr Dr Damian Wild
Head of Nuclear Medicine
Specialist in Nuclear Medicine
Basel, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Neuroendocrine tumours
  • Prostate carcinoma
  • Liver tumours
  • Endocrine tumours
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Imaging (PET/CT, SPECT/CT, and scintigraphy)

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • PET/CT
  • SPECT/CT
  • Scintigraphy (heart, thyroid gland, brain, kidneys, and other organs)

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Thyroid disorders
  • NET tumours
  • Treatment of advanced, hormone-refractory prostate carcinoma
  • Liver tumours
  • Nuclear medicine palliative pain therapy

About Prof. Dr Dr Damian Wild

Prof. Dr Dr Damian Wild is a specialist in nuclear medicine and chief of the nuclear medicine department as well as the Center of Neuroendocrine and Endocrine Tumours at the Basel University Hospital.

Center for Nuclear Medicine Therapies

The renowned center for Nuclear Medicine under the direction of Prof. Wild specializes in the therapy of neuroendocrine tumours as well as the treatment of advanced hormone-refractory prostate carcinoma, liver tumours, and thyroid diseases. Emphasis is placed on patient-oriented care, taking into account both the medical possibilities and the needs and resources of each patient.

Nuclear Medicine Basel

The clinic for nuclear medicine in Basel offers established diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with the help of radioactive substances. The diagnostic focus is placed on thyroid and cancer diagnostics. The therapeutic focus lies in the therapy of NET tumours. The research limelight of the nuclear medicine department in Basel also manifests in the treatment of neuroendocrine tumours plus the development of new substances for early detection and therapy of diseases. The nuclear medicine division works closely with the endocrinology, diabetology, and cardiology branches, playing a central role in the center for neuroendocrine and endocrine tumours.

Focal Points of Nuclear Medicine Therapy

Nuclear medicine treatment methods allow radioactive substances to reach diseased cells directly by destroying them from the inside out through radiation. Examples include radioiodine therapy, radionuclide therapy, and PSMA therapy. One major focus of the Basel university hospital is the so-called DOTATOC cure for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumours. Because this healing method is offered at only a few clinics in Europe, patients from all over the world come to Basel to receive this remedy.

Part of the NET Center Switzerland

In Switzerland, Nuclear Medicine Basel has grown into an established clinic for nuclear medicine therapies, playing a leading role for the neuroendocrine and endocrine tumour center. It has received the award “Center of Excellence” by the European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (ENETS). This medical institution has succeeded in developing an artificial hormone named DOTATOC. This hormone docks on to somatostatin receptors on the surface of neuroendocrine cells. DOTATOC finds the receptors on tumour cells remaining there for days. Within a few minutes, the radiopeptide enters the tumour and thus irradiate and kills it.

Radio-Iodine Therapy Basel

Radio-iodine therapy has been one of the established procedures in nuclear medicine for many years. During treatment, thyroid cancer cells absorb the radioactive iodine isotope iodine-131 and the degenerated cells are deliberately destroyed in return. Other cells of the human body hardly accumulate the radioactive iodine. Therefore, unlike chemotherapy, radio-iodine therapy entails no significant risks or side effects. It can hence also be applied for the treatment of benign thyroid diseases such as hyperthyroidism.

Nuclear Medicine Ward

In order to be able to treat patients safely with nuclear medicine substances, the Basel nuclear medicine clinic is in possession of its own bed ward. The comfortable rooms include toilet, shower, WiFi, and TV, complying with legally prescribed radiation protection requirements for nuclear medicine therapies. The five single and two double rooms are located on the 4th floor with a view to the park. Currently, about 700 patients receive radiotherapeutic treatment every year.

Nuclear Medicine Diagnostics

The great advantage of nuclear medicine diagnostics is that medics can anatomically visualize not yet visible early changes in diseases occurring at a molecular level. Only nuclear medicine can detect these early changes.

Methods include scintigraphy, PET/CT, and SPECT/CT. For diagnostics, the patient is administered radioactive substances involved in the metabolic process of the diseased cells to mark those affected areas. The weak radiation is visible through special cameras.

Especially in case of cancer, a PET/CT examination can provide clarity quickly and easily as to where malignant degenerated cells are located in the body and how active they are. The accuracy level is very high.

For more information on Prof. Wild, please visit the website of radiology and nuclear medicine.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Specialist training in nuclear medicine in Zurich, Basel, and London (2003–2009)
  • Study of human medicine in Basel (1996–2002)

Academic Degrees and Functions

  • Dr (University of Basel, 2004)
  • Dr (University College London, 2011)
  • Prof. (University of Basel, 2012: Structural Professorship/Chair)

Medical Team

  • Dr Guillaume Nicolas
    Senior Physician, Deputy Head of Nuclear Medicine
  • Dr Christof Rottenburger
    Senior Physician, Deputy Head of Nuclear Medicine
  • Dr Federico Caobelli
    Senior Physician in Nuclear Medicine
  • Dr Alin-Florin Chirindel
    Deputy Senior Physician in Nuclear Medicine
  • PD Dr Martin Freitag
    Senior Physician in Nuclear Medicine
  • Dr Felix Kaul
    Senior Physician in Nuclear Medicine

Location

Basel, SBB station 3 km
Basel, Baden train station 4 km
Basel Mulhouse airport 8 km

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Prof. Dr Dr Damian Wild
Head of Nuclear Medicine

University Hospital Basel
Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Petersgraben 4, CH-4031 Basel

T: +41 61 511 2457

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9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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