Interventional radiology emerged in 1964, when Charles Dotter defied sceptics and insisted that angiography, until then a purely diagnostic tool, could be used to actively treat patients.

Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, as it would later be called, was born.

Dotter’s revolutionary concept of “catheter therapy” soon sparked the development of other minimally invasive tools and techniques.

Hear Josef Roesch, a major figure in the field, recount some of the main breakthroughs:

Birth of CIRSE

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Birth of CIRSE

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Birth of CIRSE

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Two societies initially represented interventional radiologists in Europe: the European College of Angiography and the European Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.

On April 24, 1985, the societies were officially merged during a joint Annual Meeting and postgraduate course in Vienna, and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe — CIRSE — came into existence. The new society had a combined membership of around 300.

Friedrich Olbert, a key figure in CIRSE's establishment, shares his favourite memories of these eventful times:

First Steps: 1986-2005

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First Steps: 1986-2005

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First Steps: 1986-2005

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In May 1986 the first CIRSE congress and joint meeting with the American SCVIR took place in Jerusalem, followed by meetings in Porto Cervo, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, and Oslo, with steadily rising attendance figures of up to 800.

Modern Era

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Modern Era

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Modern Era

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Opening headquarters in Vienna and hiring permanent staff marked a new era. The society’s emphasis on highly professional organisational services was soon reflected in robust congress attendance figures. Over 4,700 delegates attended CIRSE 2006 in Rome. At CIRSE 2009 in Lisbon, that number rose to 5,300. Almost 6,600 participants made it to CIRSE 2013 in Barcelona.

But mere numbers don’t tell the full story. Drawing on the expertise of several newly-established committees, including one dedicated entirely to programme planning, the scientific programme has become increasingly multi-faceted, comprehensive and clearly structured, with sessions split into six separate tracks. The society has also introduced additional, specialised conferences, such as ECIO and ICCIR, with the IDEAS seminar to debut at CIRSE 2015.

Investments in member services, including the addition of group membership, attracted practitioners from all over the globe, and encouraged increased participation by national IR societies. Membership rapidly expanded, increasing from around 1,500 in 2005 to over 6,500 today, including growing numbers from outside of Europe.

While delivering outstanding educational programmes remains CIRSE's key priority, the society has also become an important representative of the IR community in diverse contexts, including standard setting, guideline and policy development, research, and collaboration with other organisations.

When the powers of creativity and innovation merge, history is often made. CIRSE's history would not have been possible without our members’ dedication and professionalism. Thanks to visionary leadership and contributions by a committed membership, CIRSE has been able to grow successfully and continuously, bringing us to where we are today. We are also very grateful for the vital support provided by our corporate partners throughout the years.

The following section presents some of the highlights and initiatives of the past 10 years. We strongly believe that these represent only the beginning of CIRSE's story.

We do not claim to tell CIRSE's full story here, and will regularly update this site as the organisation’s history continues. In the meantime, we invite all members who would like to contribute content to this site to contact us at publications@cirse.org.

Here’s to many more years of excellence and innovation!

CIRSE 2006

Rome | Italy

The Palazzo dei Congressi served as an impressive backdrop for the first CIRSE Annual Meeting under the administration of the newly established society office in Vienna.

Highlights

CIRSE 2007

Athens | Greece

Dimitris Kelekis, Elias Brountzos and Katerina Malagari served as Local Hosts for this unforgettable Annual Meeting.

Highlights

CIRSE 2008

Copenhagen | Denmark

Technological innovation loomed large in Copenhagen, with the event featuring a particularly extensive technical exhibition.

Highlights

CIRSE 2009

Lisbon | Portugal

Attendance soared at the 2009 Annual Meeting, with over 5,300 delegates participating.

Highlights

CIRSE 2010

Valencia | Spain

The mood was celebratory at the Annual Meeting in Valencia, which marked CIRSE's 25th anniversary.

Highlights

CIRSE 2011

Munich | Germany

CIRSE 2011 boasted record-breaking attendance of almost 6,200 delegates and a cutting-edge technical exhibition that featured 30 new product launches.

Highlights

CIRSE 2012

Lisbon | Portugal

5,600 m² of exhibition space provided ample room for the 115 exhibitors to showcase their latest technical innovations.

Highlights

CIRSE 2013

Barcelona | Spain

With almost 6,600 delegates from 94 countries, attendance exceeded all previous records.

Highlights

CIRSE 2014

Glasgow | United Kingdom

Glasgow provided a unique backdrop for this memorable congress.

We look forward to more memorable moments at CIRSE 2015 - see you in Lisbon!

Interested in contributing to our efforts to strengthen interventional radiology? Please visit the official CIRSE website to learn more about our initiatives and our unique community!

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