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The Institute for Diagnostic Imaging uses the most advanced techniques, and contributes to generalising the application of this type of diagnostics to improve care and the quality of image-based explorations and diagnoses.
The Institute for Diagnostic Imaging (IDI) is a state-owned company that is affiliated with Catsalut, and has one of its centres at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital. IDI manages, administers and executes image diagnostic services and nuclear medicine services.
At our hospital, we conduct explorations using: magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, PET-CT, angiography, ultrasound, mammography, densitometry, conventional radiology, and orthopantomography, among others. This centre is also charged with helping with technological innovation projects, developing research and promoting teaching, thus contributing to scientific and social progress.
IDI and Vall d'Hebron are committed to innovation. In this context, we have PET-CT equipment that allows us to analyse molecular aspects of diseases such as cancer and neurological or cardiovascular disorders. This equipment, which can carry out between 4,000 and 5,000 tests a year, also offers the possibility of introducing new radiopharmaceuticals that improve the management of diseases with a specific molecular profile.
Maternity and Children's Hospital
The mission of the Neurosurgery Department is to guarantee excellence in care, education and research, with an international outlook. We have a particular focus on the needs and preferences of patients with diseases of the nervous system that require surgical treatment.
At the Neurosurgery Department, we apply the most advanced technologies and a multidisciplinary approach in a context that allows us to train neurosurgeons with strong ethical and moral values. All this, as part of the public health system that is accessible to all citizens.
Our Department is divided into three physically separate care sections located in three areas of the Vall d'Hebron hospital complex: the General Hospital, the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital and the Maternity and Children's Hospital. Finally, the Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery Research Unit, which integrates all of the Department’s translational research, complements these three care sections, applying the knowledge garnered from basic research to the prevention and treatment of clinical cases.
The General Hospital is home to most of the Neurosurgery Department’s activity, housing most of its human resources, patients, beds and financial resources. The team is made up of a chief clinician, seven specialist doctors and a Head of Department. Three of the doctors share their activities with the Maternity and Children's Hospital, and form the main group of physicians devoted to paediatric neurosurgery. The other doctors also collaborate on neuropaediatric care, both with emergency care and low-prevalence pathologies, in which our Department is super-specialized. Adult patients are admitted here who have had cranioencephalic trauma and a programmed pathology of the rachis (spine).
The care offered by the Neurosurgery Department covers three fundamental aspects: general neurosurgery (adult patients), neurotraumatology and paediatric neurosurgery. Despite this differentiation, we are a cross-cutting department that addresses the following diseases:
The educational mission of any neurosurgery department at a high-tech hospital does not end with the training of undergraduate students and specialised training, but rather we are devoted to continuing training of all doctors with links to neurosurgery.
Our Department organises several clinical sessions, as well as annual doctoral courses and different continuing education programmes aimed not only at residents and neurosurgeons in the Department, but also specialists in intensive care, anaesthesia and, in some cases, nursing staff. On the other hand, most of our sessions offer a considerable number of continuing education credits.
The training programme for residents at the Neurosurgery Department includes a general educational programme, a rotation scheme, a plan detailing the objectives and surgical skills that must be acquired, the obligation to comply with the "Resident’s Logbook" and an appropriate evaluation system.
One essential aspect that is often overlooked is the importance of the role of nursing staff in neurosurgical care. We are keenly aware of this, and for years now the neurosurgery nursing staff at the General Hospital and the Neurotraumatology ICU have been integrated in the educational activities of the Department. Also, a symposium specific to nursing is included in the International Symposium on the Monitoring of Intracranial Pressure and Cerebral Haemodynamics that is celebrated biannually. The management of this event, as well as the contents and speakers chosen, falls to the nursing staff, who have total autonomy in organising their Symposium.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers comprehensive. multidisciplinary treatment for patients, with the aim of achieving the highest level of autonomy, functional capacity and quality of life, using therapeutic measures and technical support aimed at correcting or minimising the disability diagnosed.
Ours is a transversal department, meaning we collaborate with many other medical and surgical departments at the Hospital. Our ability to provide support in all healthcare areas guarantees coordinated care for patients throughout their stay. We are a reference centre in Catalonia for various highly complex processes (spinal cord injury, acquired brain damage, spina bifida, burns) and we also engage in teaching and research.
At the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, we collaborate directly with various other medical and surgical departments at the hospital and share multidisciplinary patient care units. We are involved in virtually all units that deal with rare illnesses.
At our Department, in addition to doctors specialising in physical medicine and rehabilitation, we also have physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, auxiliary technicians in nursing care, monitors and administrative staff. Teamwork is the defining feature of our specialty. Our multidisciplinary rehabilitation team also includes specialised nursing staff, an orthopaedic technician and a social health worker.
Our cross-cutting department consists of two main areas of care, community and tertiary: we assist patients in our catchment area but also those from elsewhere who need highly specialised care. We work in an acute hospital where increasingly complex cases are handled, and we aim to adapt to ensure hospital stays are as short as possible.
At the Neurorehabilitation Day Hospital, patients who have a neurological disability and need comprehensive rehabilitation treatment can receive it in a single place, and, if they do not require nursing care, they can sleep at home.
Our Department works in three main areas: Osteoarticular, Neurorehabilitation and Specific Pathologies.
Officially accredited as a CSUR centre of reference (Reference centres, departments and units), the Spinal Cord Injury Unit is a reference centre in Catalonia and the rest of Spain for the treatment of people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. We offer comprehensive care in cases of acute and subacute spinal cord injuries. We offer physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sphincter re-education, infiltration treatment with botulinum toxin, risk assessment of injuries caused by a blow or by diseases, assessment of support for sitting independently.
Neurological rehabilitation. We offer comprehensive, intensive care, where required, to patients with strokes, cranial traumatism or acquired brain damage in general. We offer treatments involving physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, swallowing disorders and neuropsychology. At the Day Hospital, we provide neurorehabilitation (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, swallowing disorders and neurorehabilitation). We apply rehabilitation techniques using virtual reality, and offer infiltration treatments using botulinum toxin.
The Rheumatology Section is a clinical care section that is integrated under the Internal Medicine Department. The musculoskeletal system consists of a person’s bones, muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. It is a highly structured system whose purpose is to move and support the rest of the body's structures.
Rheumatology deals with disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. It is a very wide-reaching specialty that covers almost 200 diseases.
At the Rheumatology Section, we aim to offer specialised quality care to patients with musculoskeletal system diseases, both in adults and children.
We have extensive, recognised experience in the care of patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
We also provide highly qualified care in the treatment and pregnancy of such patients, in collaboration with the Obstetrics Department, with the aim of making pregnancy and childbirth possible, guaranteeing the safety of mother and baby, without aggravating the arthritis.
For patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis, we offer quality care adapted to their needs, with a team of professionals who are experts in the latest biotechnology medicines, both in the day hospital and in specific outpatient clinics. We adapt as much as we can to avoid loss of working days for patients, and to offer the highest level of excellence in healthcare conditions.
The Paediatric Rheumatology Division has always been a reference centre in our Section. We have a close relationship with the Paediatrics Department and we provide care for paediatric patients from all over the country with rheumatic diseases, such as chronic inflammatory joint diseases, systemic autoimmune diseases or self-inflammatory syndromes.
The Expertise in Central Sensitisation Syndromes Unit consists of two lines of care, one for fibromyalgia and one for chronic fatigue syndrome. This Unit’s mission is to lead the way in the central sensitisation syndromes (CSS) for patients, patient associations and health professionals. We have a long history in this field, and we are a centre of reference in both diseases (note: place EU CSS link here).
Rheumatology is a medical speciality that requires specialist professionals who can perform specific techniques in order to provide comprehensive care for patients. To this end, we are a centre of reference in musculoskeletal ultrasounds, both in adults and paediatric patients.
At the Rheumatology Section, we have professionals who are highly specialised in the treatment of metabolic bone pathologies, such as osteoporosis. We provide care for patients who have undergone lung transplants in order to avoid or treat bone complications deriving from either lung disease or immunosuppressive treatments. We also work side by side with the Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology Department to provide comprehensive solutions for patients with osteoporotic fractures.
Within our region, we prioritise patient care continuity and establish close collaborations in the field of primary care. We are also pioneers in a number of pathologies, and we are establishing fast-stream referrals for patients with urgent or priority conditions.
At the Rheumatology Section, we are responsible for significant, high-quality research, mainly in the area of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and other immunomediated diseases.
Our research is specifically aimed at the identification of biomarkers and new therapeutic targets that will allow us to offer more personalised care and, ultimately, cure these diseases. We are highly specialised in the area of the latest high-performance technologies, such as genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics.
The results of our research have been published in prestigious reviews, proof of the dissemination and quality of our discoveries. We are also a reference centre in clinical trials in collaboration with the Clinical Research Support Unit of the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute.
The Rheumatology Section is a teaching unit that is officially authorised for the training of medical interns in Rheumatology. One of our priority objectives is to attract and train talented doctors in order to use the knowledge we have gained to benefit society and train highly qualified professionals who are able to face the challenges of medicine in the future, which will focus on "personalised" and "precision medicine". Our residents carry out extended visits to internationally renowned centres in both Europe and the United States.
At the Rheumatology Section, we carry out extensive teaching activity, both in continuous education within the department itself, and in the organisation of seminars and courses aimed at professionals from other hospitals and other medical specialities. One of our objectives is to enhance the health workshops aimed at patients.
We offer theoretical and practical classes in Rheumatology to medical students from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. We are a centre of national and international reference, with a very high number of requests for internships, especially in the area of paediatric rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis, and musculoskeletal ultrasounds.
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