Published on 16. November 2018

Seal of approval for two interventional radiology centers

See inside the body and treat directly

Vivantes Humboldt Hospital and Vivantes Spandau Hospital are "DeGIR Center for Interventional Vascular Medicine and Minimally Invasive Therapy" as of November 15, 2018. Germany-wide, they are the 17th and 18th hospital to receive this certificate.

The seal of approval certifies, among other things, that radiological experts continuously treat patients 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 24-hour presence is particularly important for the treatment of emergencies such as acute stroke or bleeding.

For the certificate, the institutes also had to prove that they practice quality management and quality improvement, i.e. that they control and compare the results of their work. In addition, active interdisciplinary collaboration with other disciplines, for example in consiliums, is important for the seal.

A closer look: How interventional procedures work

PD Dr. Karsten Krüger, head physician of the two institutes for radiology and interventional therapy: "Interventional therapy is image-guided. This means that we usually use sonography, computed tomography (CT), or angiography to guide and accompany medical interventions. Because of the gentle treatment involved in minimally invasive therapies, patients usually recover quickly."

Imaging makes it possible for radiologists to position instruments precisely and thus reach the focus of the disease with pinpoint accuracy and provide targeted direct therapy there. Interventional therapy is used, for example, for vascular diseases, tumors and pain.

From aneurysms to tumors

At Vivantes Humboldt Hospital and Vivantes Spandau Hospital, the focus is on treating malignant and benign tumors, for example liver tumors, as well as vascular stenoses and occlusions, aneurysms, vascular bleeding and portal hypertension.

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