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Charite University Hospital Berlin

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (457445)

Bernd Hamm

Prof. Dr. med.

Bernd Hamm

Specialized in: diagnostic and interventional radiology

About the department

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the Charite University Hospital is one of the largest centers of this kind in Europe. The department offers the entire diagnostic spectrum, including CT/MRI studies, mammography, neuroradiology, thoracic diagnostics, skeletal radiology, ultrasound. The department specializes in interventional radiology. It carries out all imaging-guided vascular (for example, vascular recanalization) and non-vascular interventions (for example, tumor ablation). The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Hamm.

To provide fast and modern patient care, the department has 14 computer tomographs, as well as numerous ultrasound equipment and 12 devices for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). With the help of positron emission computed tomography (PET-CT) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), the specialists of the department are able to conduct various hybrid interventions. In addition, to perform quality interventional radiological procedures, the department has 9 angiography devices, an open MRI system and 10 inpatient beds.

It should be noted that the department is the recognized Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. When performing minimally invasive interventions, such radiological methods as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) serve as imaging controls. This ensures an accurate, targeted surgery. In most cases, local anesthesia is used. An exception is the treatment of osteoid osteoma, which is performed under general anesthesia. Such minimally invasive procedures include tissue sampling for diagnostic studies, nerve blockade in pain therapy, the use of laser techniques for the treatment of tumors and herniated intervertebral discs, the restoration of vascular patency in thrombosis, arterial bleeding arrest, blockade of blood supply to tumors, etc.

The department’s service range in the field of interventional radiology includes:

  • Irreversible electroporation in prostate cancer (focal therapy)
  • Non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids
  • Installation of central venous catheters (specially trained nursing staff)
  • Treatment of vascular diseases
  • Installation of dialysis shunts
  • Tumor treatment
  • Pain therapy to treat spinal pain
  • Computed tomography-guided punctures
  • Computed tomography-guided installation of drainages
  • Other medical services

It should be noted that the specialists of the department always prefer an individual approach to treatment. Many minimally invasive techniques have been developed or improved by the doctors of the department, which guarantees the highest quality of treatment. The department annually performs more than 2,000 minimally invasive interventions (ranging from tissue sampling to tumor treatment), which confirms the effectiveness of this type of therapy.

It goes without saying that before any kind of treatment, the doctors of the department discuss in detail the therapeutic possibilities with the patient, including all possible risks of therapy and additional treatment alternatives.

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 and 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 Specialist in Radiology.
  • 02/1989 Habilitation and awarding of teaching qualification and teaching authorization by the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Berlin in Radiology.
  • 1990 - 1993 Senior Physician 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 the  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 of the 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 Director of three merged Departments of Radiology at the Charité  – Campus Mitte, Campus Virchow Clinic and Campus Benjamin Franklin.
  • 2012 Honorary Professor at the China-Japan Friendship Hospitals, Peking.

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