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Department of diagnostic and interventional radiology

Dr. med. Kerstin Westphalen
radiology, interventional radiology, neuroradiology

About the department

The department of diagnostic and interventional radiology at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Kopenick specialises in precise diagnostic and therapy of a wide range of diseases with the help of radiology techniques. It has the latest modern medical equipment at its disposal. It is essential to note the German Radiology Society recognises the department for interventional radiology and minimally invasive therapy as a DeGIR-centre for interventional vascular medicine and minimally invasive treatment. Moreover, the department has a tight connection to the vascular centre of the hospital. It is worth mentioning that the head physician of the department is a member of the board of directors of the German Society for Radiology.

The department focuses on X-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance and computed tomography diagnostics of various conditions. In addition, the primary medical priority lies in the specific vessel imaging of different anatomic regions. Furthermore, vascular interventions are actively performed by qualified specialists in the department. 

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

X-ray diagnostics:

  • chest roentgenography
  • skeleton roentgenography
  • fluoroscopy of the gullet
  • gastric fluoroscopy
  • colon contrast enema
  • urography
  • cholecystography
  • cholangiography
  • endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • mammography


  • ultrasound of the upper abdominal organs, 
  • ultrasound of  the kidneys and urinary tract 
  • ultrasound of the intestinal tract
  • ultrasound of the liver
  • thyroid ultrasound
  • duplex sonography of the vessels
  • mammasonographie 
  • endosonography of the rectum and prostate
  • sonographically supported punctures for taking tissue samples

Computed tomography:

  • arthro-computed tomography
  • bone density determination (osteodensitometry)
  • virtual endoscopy (colonoscopy)
  • perfusion computed tomography
  • 3D representations
  • CT-supported punctures or removal of tissue samples
  • сore biopsy of the female breast

Vascular diagnostics:

  • duplex sonography of the peripheral arteries
  • duplex sonography of the peripheral veins
  • duplex sonography of the cerebral vessels
  • duplex sonography of the abdominal aorta 
  • duplex sonography of the renal arteries
  • duplex sonography of the visceral arteries 
  • duplex sonography of the portal vein 
  • angiography of the pelvic and leg arteries
  • carotid artery angiography
  • angiography of the arm arteries and hands
  • angiography of the renal arteries
  • angiography of the main artery (aorta)
  • angiography of the mesenteric vessels
  • angiography of dialysis shunts
  • virtual angiography and angioscopy
  • 3D angiographies 
  • phlebography
  • varicography
  • phlebodynamometry

Therapeutic interventions:

  • PTA (balloon angioplasty)
  • stenting
  • local lysis therapy
  • percutaneous aspiration thrombectomy
  • application of cava filter
  • embolizations
  • puncture and drainage of pathological accumulations of fluid
  • interventional pain therapy
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Doctor profile


  • 1995 – 1998: the Medical University of the Humboldt University in Berlin, the study of human medicine
  • 1990 – 1995: Medical University of the Free University of Berlin, the study of human medicine 
  • Dissertation. Topic: "Prognostic value of the lymph node status in operated cervical carcinoma". Supervisor: Prof. Dr. medical J. Sehouli, Charite Berlin, Virchow Klinikum location.Completed 04/2012
  • Specialization in Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology of the German Society for Interventional Radiology, German Society for Neuroradiology and German Roentgen Society (level 2; modules AE)
  • Appraiser for the medical office for quality assurance - radiation protection Berlin of the Berlin State Medical Association
  • Examiner for specialist radiology at the Berlin State Medical Association
  • KV case collection exam mammography 2019


  • 1998 – 2000: Ernst von Bergmann Clinic, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Chief Physician PD Dr. Wagner
  • 12/2001 – 07/2012: Klinikum Ernst von Bergmann, diagnostic and interventional radiology, chief physician Prof. Dr. medical J Hierholzer
  • 07/2011 – 12/2011: acting chief physician, DRK Kliniken Berlin Köpenick, Institute for diagnostic and interventional radiology
  • Since 12/2011: Chief Physician, DRK Kliniken Berlin Köpenick, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Baumann C, Fuchs H, Kiwit J, Westphalen K, Hierholzer J. Complications inpercutaneous vertebroplasty associated with puncture or cement leakage. Cardiovascular and interventional radiology. 2007;30(2):161-8.;
  • Hierholzer J, Fuchs H, Westphalen K, Baumann C, Slotosch C, Schulz R 2008. Incidence of symptomatic vertebral fractures in patients after percutaneous vertebroplasty. Cardiovasc Intervention Radiol 31(6): 1178-1183.
  • DRG German X-ray Society
  • DeGIR German Society for Interventional Radiology and Minimally Invasive Therapy in the German Radiological Society
  • DGNR German Society for Neuroradiology eV
  • X-ray Association of Berlin and Brandenburg
  • AG heart and vascular diagnostics in the German X-ray Society
  • AG Gastrointestinal / Abdominal Diagnostics in the German Radiological Society
  • CIRSE Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe
  • Board member of the DRK Sisterhood Berlin eV
  • Co-opted board member of the German Society for Interventional Radiology
  • Congress President of the German X-ray Congress 2022
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