Surgical resection is regarded as the method of choice for the treatment of isolated lung metastases and local primary malignancies of the lung (lung carcinomas).

For many patients, however, resection cannot be carried out due to poor lung function, too high a surgical risk or due to severe other medical conditions. Treatment alternatives for such patients are traditionally radiation and systemic chemotherapy. These two alternatives, however, have the advantage that they also destroy a lot of healthy tissue. For patients with impaired lung function or other serious conditions especially, this can be a major drawback.

Because of these limitations, multiple minimally invasive ablation techniques have evolved over the last two decades.

Inactivation of lung tumours with heat – administered via a needle electrode
> Radio-frequency ablation (RFA)

Inactivation of lung tumours with gamma rays – administered via catheter
> Brachytherapy


Minimally Invasive Tumour Therapy (MITT)
Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK)
Department of Radiology
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin