Our objective is to achieve rapid accurate diagnosis in the light of the latest scientific and medical technology and knowledge with our team of radiologists and nuclear medicine specialists who are highly experienced in their respective fields, and efficiently to refer patients to the appropriate doctors for rapid treatment. As well as accurate and rapid diagnostic services, our Interventional Radiology unit carries out all kinds of minimally invasive procedures using the latest technology.
Revolutionary developments in medical imaging are proceeding with astonishing speed in line with those in the field of computers. It is no longer enough to evaluate films on their own or to attempt a diagnosis on the basis of morphologic examination of organs or tissues. Our clinicians expect definitive diagnoses based on quantitative data from our screening units. These days, in addition to morphologic organ screening, Molecular Imaging techniques deliver quantitative data about all kinds of pathologic tissue, as well as the metabolic and functional characteristics of tumors, on the cellular and even the molecular level. The PET/CT equipment at our center is able to determine precise localization by evaluating elevated metabolic activation of tumors anywhere in the body. Areas of maximum vasculature within the tumor (or in other words the most malignant part) can be determined during functional MRI and MR Proton and Phosphorus Spectroscopy imaging; tumors can be sub-grouped by looking at the molecular type and quantity within the tumor and classified according to degree of malignancy.
This data facilitates more detailed and reliable diagnosis. Moreover, by examining the effectiveness of treatment, the tumor’s metabolic activation and chemical and physical changes, it can be examined at the molecular level immediately. The need for biopsy for diagnosis is progressively decreasing; it is possible that in time, the need for such invasive and sometimes time-consuming methods will be entirely removed by genetic and molecular biology working in parallel with advances in the imaging and screening.
Functional MRI techniques are also serving to image the areas of the brain concerned with vital functions, which in turn allows the maximum degree of surgical removal of brain tumors without harming the brain.
In another first for Turkey, and with a view to maximizing the benefits of our center’s advanced technology equipment, two physics engineers with specialist training in imaging are about to work at our laboratory – one of them an Associate Professor at New York University. As recognized scientific leaders in the field abroad, they are set to initiate clinical studies in collaboration with doctors at our imaging center that will contribute to developments in world medicine. As well as applying the technologic data obtained in studies to our patients, this work will establish a fresh research environment as befits our status as a leading university hospital, ultimately contributing to the establishment of Turkey’s first ‘Molecular Imaging Research Center’ at Yeditepe University Hospital.
Thanks to our Center’s 3-Tesla MR equipment and specialized breast coil MRI, we are able to perform breast MRI screening and MR guided interventional breast procedures.
Our objective as Yeditepe University Hospital Imaging Center is to compete with the world’s leading universities in applying the latest imaging techniques, developing innovations for the benefit of patients in Turkey and from around the world.