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Charite University Hospital Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology (457445)

Bernd Hamm

Prof. Dr. med.

Bernd Hamm

Specialized in: diagnostic and interventional radiology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology at the Charite University Hospital Berlin offers the full range of medical services in these fields. In order to ensure the most accurate and reliable diagnostics, the department has state-of-the-art systems for CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound and X-ray examinations, as well as PET-CT and SPECT-CT hybrid examinations. The department specializes in interventional radiology, namely, imaging-guided therapy. It performs all vascular (for example, vascular recanalization) and non-vascular imaging-guided interventions (for example, tumor ablation). The department is one of the largest and leading medical facilities of this kind in Europe. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Hamm.

In the field of diagnostic radiology, all modern imaging examinations are carried out. The great advantage of the department is the availability of specially adapted diagnostic systems for the diagnostics of children, for example, ultrasound, X-ray, CT, etc. The cutting-edge medical equipment guarantees an optimal radiation protection, so the diagnostic tests do not harm the health of either children or adults.

It should be noted that the department is a recognized Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. In the case of minimally invasive interventions, such radiological methods as X-ray, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) serve as imaging-guided tools. This ensures accurate, targeted surgery. In most cases, local anesthesia is used. An exception is the treatment of osteoid osteoma, which is performed under general anesthesia. Minimally invasive procedures include tissue sampling for diagnostic tests, blockade of nerve endings during pain therapy, use of laser techniques for the treatment of tumors and spinal disc herniation, restoration of blood vessel patency in thrombosis, arrest of arterial hemorrhages, blockade of tumor blood supply, etc.

The department's specialists always prefer an individual approach to treatment. Many minimally invasive techniques have been developed or improved by the department's doctors, which guarantees the highest treatment quality. The department annually performs more than 2,000 minimally invasive interventions (from tissue sampling to tumor treatment). Prior to any type of treatment, the department's doctors discuss in detail the therapeutic possibilities with the patient, including therapy risks and alternative treatment methods.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostic radiology
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
      • MRI of organs and anatomical structures of the neck (for example, salivary glands, larynx, trachea)
      • Breast MRI
      • Abdominal MRI
      • Pelvic MRI
      • Musculoskeletal MRI
      • Vascular MRI (MR angiography)
      • MRI of the nervous system
    • Ultrasound examinations
    • Radiodiagnostics in inflammatory rheumatic and degenerative joint diseases
    • Breast imaging
      • Cancer screening
      • Breast MRI
      • Vacuum-assisted breast biopsy
      • Mammography
      • Breast ultrasound examination
      • Tomosynthesis
    • MRI diagnostics of the pelvic organs in women
    • Prostate imaging
    • Imaging examinations in children (ultrasound, X-ray, CT, MRI)
  • Interventional radiology
    • Treatment of vascular diseases
      • Dialysis access formation
      • Implantation of central venous port systems
      • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting
      • Treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease
    • CT-guided puncture
    • CT-guided drainage
    • Prostate cancer treatment
      • Focal therapy
      • Irreversible electroporation
    • Treatment of back pains
      • Conservative methods (drug therapy, physiotherapy, etc.)
      • X-ray-, CT- and MRI-guided infiltration of nerve roots, vertebral joints, sacroiliac joints and sympathetic trunk
      • Periradicular injection therapy
      • Injection therapy of facet and sacroiliac joints
    • Treatment of uterine fibroids
      • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

  • 1972 - 1978 Study of Human Medicine at the Free University of Berlin.
  • 1978 - 1986 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Pathology, Department of Radiation Therapy, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Steglitz Clinic of the Free University of Berlin.
  • 07.07.1982 Doctorate at the Faculty of Medicine of the Free University of Berlin, "magna cum laude".
  • 16.05.1986  Specialist examination and recognition as a Medical Specialist in Radiology.
  • 02.1989 Habilitation and Venia legendi by the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Berlin in Radiology.
  • 1990 - 1993 Head of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Steglitz Clinic of the Free University of Berlin.
  • 04.1993 Appointment as C3 Professor for Clinical Radiology at the Free University of Berlin.
  • 1993 Call for the C4 Professorship for Diagnostic Radiology at the Medical University of Essen (primo loco).
  • 1994 Received and accepted the call for C4 Professorship for X-ray Diagnostics at the Charité, Faculty of Medicine at the Humboldt University of Berlin (primo loco).
  • 1998 Received the call for C4 Professorship for Diagnostic Radiology at the Goethe University Frankfurt (primo loco).
  • 01.2006 - 04.2009 Acting Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Charité.
  • Since 2006 Head of the CharitéCenter 6 (Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology/Nuclear Medicine/Medical Physics) and taking responsibility for budget of the mentioned areas, Charité.
  • 10.2006 Appointment as the Head of the Department of Clinical Radiology and Director of the merged Radiology at the Charité – Campus Mitte and Campus Virchow Clinic.
  • Since 2004/2006 Director of four Medical Care Centers (MVZ) for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Charité, as well as a Research and Clinical Director of three Centers for Imaging Diagnostics in Berlin.
  • 10.2010 Appointment as the Head of the Department of Radiology and Head of three merged Departments of Radiology at the Charité – Campus Mitte, Campus Virchow and Campus Benjamin Franklin.
  • 2012 Honorary Professorship at the China-Japan Friendship Hospitals, Peking.

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