State-of-the-art diagnostics

The innovative Radiology Center at University Hospital Cologne offers patients outstanding diagnostics thanks to state-of-the-art technology with the lowest possible radiation doses. A highly qualified team of specialists from many different fields and state-of-the-art equipment are your guarantee for the best in diagnostics.

Computed tomography (CT)

Computed tomography (CT scan) is an imaging method using x-rays that is used routinely all over the world.

With our latest-generation CT scanners, we can reduce the necessary radiation doses (X-radiation) significantly compared to other CT scanners. This means that sensitive regions of the body can also be examined in a safe and precise manner.

Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging, also called MRI, is a medical imaging technique used to diagnose diseases and is primarily used to visualise the brain, spine, spinal cord and joints. MRI can generate cross-sectional images of the body and visualise structures so that changes in tissue become visible.

University Hospital Cologne has the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging equipment in all of Europe. The open MRI scanner (also called "open tube") is the comfortable solution for people who suffer from claustrophobia or have limited mobility, for newborns and children, as well as for obese patients.


PET-CT combines two advanced imaging techniques. Using a small amount of a radioactive substance, the positron emission tomography scan detects diseased tissue in the body. The CT scan can precisely visualise the structures of the body in 3D. This means that changes in cell activity can be identified and precisely located at the same time.

At University Hospital Cologne, a highly advanced PET-CT system has been in use since 2010. The combination of computed tomography and positron emission tomography offers fast and precise diagnosis. It allows us to clearly define the position of the diseased tissue structures, especially of tumours, so that radiation therapy can be precisely planned and healthy tissue protected.


In our state-of-the-art laboratory, a broad range of methods are used to diagnose and plan treatment of oncological diseases.

The most advanced techniques are used to examine blood and bone marrow specimens, such as flow cytometry, as well as molecular biological methods, some of which were developed at University Hospital Cologne. Thanks to this, we are able to examine the genetic makeup of tumour cells and offer targeted, individualised therapy for different diseases.