Venous accesses

Central venous accesses are always created if medications or nutrient solutions are to be delivered into the superior vena cava. This is also required for various chemotherapy agents in order to achieve the greatest possible dilution in the body directly as a result of the substances’ toxicity. It is usually the doctor treating the patient who determines the choice of the right catheter in consultation with one of our interventional radiologists. The key basis of the decision in this case is the expected duration of the treatment planned, and how long central venous access will be required for it.

Possible alternatives are listed below, and more information about them can be found on this website:

If you have any questions about this subject, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help!

Minimally invasive tumour therapy (MITT)
Department of Radiology

CVK – Charité, Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 – 450-557309
Fax: +49 (0)30 – 450-557947

CBF – Charité, Campus Benjamin Franklin
Hindenburgdamm 30
12203 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 – 84452852
Fax: +49 (0)30 – 84452891

CCM – Charité, Campus Mitte
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 – 450527098
Fax: +49 (0)30 – 7527908 or


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

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