Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology


The DIR is an internationally leading center of excellence for diagnostic and interventional radiology. Beyond providing state-of the-art service to all patients of Heidelberg University Hospital and its regional, national and international partners, DIR is driving innovation in multiple fields:

  • Image acquisition using dual-source and dual-layer spectral and low-dose CT, as well as high resolution structural and functional MRI
  • High-end image reconstruction using iterative algorithms including computer-assisted segmentation and detection tools 
  • Structured reporting
  • Utilization of quantitative imaging biomarkers as well as deep learning and artificial intelligence

Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor

Medical Director

Portrait von Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, M.D.


Im Neuenheimer Feld 110
69120 Heidelberg

Set of specification

core competencies and disease focuses

  1. Oncological radiology
  2. Abdominal imaging
  3. Chest and cardiovascular radiology
  4. Musculoskeletal radiology
  5. Interventional radiology
  6. Pediatric radiology

Key elements that are unique in national/international comparison

  • Interventional radiology in oncology
  • TACE
  • RFA
  • MWA
  • IRE
  • Chemosaturation


Innovative medical technology

  • High end MRI
  • Dual-source dual energy CT
  • Dual-layer multi-energy CT


Working teams with international expertise

Oncological radiology

Abdominal imaging

Chest and cardiovascular radiology

Musculoskeletal radiology

Interventional radiology

Working groups with international expertise

  • Oncological radiology
  • Abdominal imaging
  • Chest and cardiovascular radiology
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Interventional radiology
  • Special indicators of interdisciplinary collaboration

    Multidisciplinary clinical conferences and tumor boards

Research focuses

  • Early detection of therapy response in oncology
  • Quantitative and functional lung imaging
  • Preventive medicine: Quantitative assessment of risk factors such as fat distribution and fat-muscle ratio; dedicated policies for incidental findings.
  • Functional joint and cartilage imaging

Publications with international reach

Schübel R, Nattenmüller J, Sookthai D, Nonnenmacher T, Graf ME, Riedl L, Schlett CL, von Stackelberg O, Johnson T, Nabers D, Kirsten R, Kratz M, Kauczor HU, Ulrich CM, Kaaks R, Kühn T. Effects of intermittent and continuous calorie restriction on body weight and metabolism over 50 wk: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018.

Himbert C, Ose J, Nattenmüller J, Warby CA, Holowatyj AN, Böhm J, Lin T, Haffa M, Gigic B, Hardikar S, Scherer D, Zielske L, Schrotz-King P, Kölsch T, Siegel EM, Shibata D, Ulrich A, Schneider M, Hursting SD, Kauczor HU, Ulrich CM Body Fatness, Adipose Tissue Compartments, and Biomarkers of Inflammation and Angiogenesis in Colorectal Cancer: The ColoCare Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019.

Stahl M, Wielpütz MO, Graeber SY, Joachim C, Sommerburg O, Kauczor HU, Puderbach M, Eichinger M, Mall MA. Comparison of Lung Clearance Index and Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Assessment of Lung Disease in Children with Cystic Fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017

Skornitzke S, Kauczor HU, Stiller W. Measuring Dynamic CT Perfusion Based on Time-Resolved Quantitative DECT Iodine Maps: Comparison to Conventional Perfusion at 80 kVp for Pancreatic Carcinoma. Invest Radiol. 2019

Rehnitz C, Kuni B, Wuennemann F, Chloridis D, Kirwadi A, Burkholder I, Kauczor HU, Weber MA. Delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC) and T2 mapping of talar osteochondral lesions: Indicators of clinical outcomes. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017.
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