Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe
December 15-16 | Innsbruck, AT

December 15-16 | Innsbruck, AT

December 15-16 | Innsbruck, AT

December 15-16 | Innsbruck, AT

December 15-16 | Innsbruck, AT

EventsESIR coursesReliability in Percutaneous Tumour Ablation, Innsbruck/AT, December 15-16, 2022

Reliability in Percutaneous Tumour Ablation, Innsbruck/AT, December 15-16, 2022

In recent years, minimally invasive cancer treatments have experienced a strong surge, and in some cases, have already replaced open resection as the first-choice treatment. Most notably, thermal ablation has been proven to be an effective method for the treatment of numerous tumour entities in various anatomical locations. In order to achieve maximal reliability, however, interventional oncologists must be properly trained in the application of the various available tools, imaging techniques and image fusion tools.

This ESIR course organised by Prof. Reto Bale will give attendees an overview of the currently available devices and techniques in the field of percutaneous tumour ablation, enabling them to plan and perform procedures and conduct the corresponding follow-up. After a theoretical introduction, trainees will have the chance to test all available devices under the guidance of experienced experts in the hands-on workshops. Participants will also get an impression of the capability of modern 3D guidance devices and image fusion tools. In addition, a live case of a stereotactic radiofrequency ablation will be performed. Afterwards, the experts will present their most interesting cases and discuss them with the participants.

Who should attend?

Organised and led by renowned experts, the reliability in percutaneous tumour ablation clinical procedure training course gives experienced interventional radiologists the opportunity to fine-tune their practical skills and learn more about current treatment options for this difficult disease.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

08:30-09:30 Registration

09:30-10:00 Opening

Welcome & introduction to the Radiology Department of the Medical University of Innsbruck

Welcome & introduction to the Tyrolean Hospitals

Welcome & introduction to the Innsbruck Medical University

Course objectives & schedule

10:00-11:30 Advances in image-guided tumour ablation

Parallel: Image fusion training
Reliability in thermal ablation
Cone beam CT-guidance
Combined intra-arterial and percutaneous treatments
Electromagnetic navigation systems
Image fusion for immediate treatment evaluation
Summary and discussion

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-12:45 Introduction to workshops

12:45-14:45 Hands-on device training in small groups I

Robotics I
Ultrasound guidance with image fusion I
Ultrasound guidance with image fusion II
Ultrasound guidance with image fusion III
Electromagnetic navigation
Robotics II
Robotics III
Cone beam CT – Robotics

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

15:15-16:45 Hands-on device training in small groups II

Robotics I
Ultrasound guidance with image fusion I
Ultrasound guidance with image fusion II
Ultrasound guidance with image fusion III
Electromagnetic navigation
Robotics II
Robotics III
Cone beam CT – Robotics

16:45-17:45 Cases in which I appreciated having a sophisticated tool I

Parallel: Image fusion training
Case 1: Combined intra-arterial and percutaneous treatment
Case 2: Fusion imaging-guided ablation
Case 3: PET fusion
Case 4: MRI fusion
Case 5: IRE
Case 6: Robot-assisted intervention
Case 7: Robot-assisted ablation
Case 8: SRFA – One-stop-shop
Case 9: SMWA
Case 10: SRFA

Friday, December 16, 2022

08:00-11:30 Stereotactic radiofrequency ablation – Live from the CT suite*

Parallel: Image fusion training
Introduction to live case
Honorary lecture: The history of tumour ablation and image guidance
Stereotactic radiofrequency ablation of liver tumour
Simultaneously: Commentary, theoretical background & advanced technologies related to the live case

11:30-12:00 Devices & technologies – What’s new?

Ablation devices, planning and image guidance, image fusion

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Cases in which I appreciated having a sophisticated tool II

Parallel: Image fusion training
Case 11: Clinical application of augmented reality
Case 12: Electromagnetic navigation
Case 13: Electromagnetic navigation
Case 14: Cone beam CT-guided ablation with robot
Case 15: SRFA of a large liver tumour
Case 16: Fusion imaging-guided ablation of extrahepatic tumour
Case 17: Cryotherapy of kidney
Case 18: CBCT and robotics
Case 19: SRFA of alveolar echinococcosis
Case 20: SRFA of a “strange” tumour in the abdominal wall

14:00-15:00 Future of ablation

Ablation trials
Adjuvant thermal ablation for immunotherapy: Optimal treatment strategy
Navigation systems under development
New applications of RFA
Image fusion quiz results
Summary ESIR 2022

15:00 Final remarks

*Should the scheduled live case not be feasible (due to patient selection, informed consent or patient safety issues, etc.), the faculty reserve the right to replace this element of the programme with video cases.

Local host

R. Bale (Innsbruck/AT)


M. Beerman
D.J. Breen
T. de Baère
G. Eberle
D. Filippiadis
W.W. Fleischhacker
E. Gizewski
N. Goldberg
C. Haring
J. Kettenbach
M. Kummann
G. Laimer
M.R. Meijerink
D. Putzer
K. Ringe
P. Schullian
L.A. Solbiati
G. Tsoumakidou
M. van Strijen
B.J. Wood


Landeskrankenhaus – Universitätskliniken Innsbruck
Haus 8 – Chirurgie
Anichstraße 35
6020 Innsbruck


Please note that this course is aimed at interventional radiologists.

The registration fees are as follows:

 Early Fee
(until October 20, 2022)
Late Fee
(as of October 21, 2022)
Individual registration€550€750
Team registration **€900€1200
Individual registration (CIRSE member*)€450€550
Team registration** (CIRSE member*)€600€800
Nurse/radiographer*** (CIRSE member*)€210€310

Reduced registration fees are only available for members of CIRSE in good standing.

Upon approval, (interventional) radiologists attending the course may bring with them a colleague from the same hospital but a different medical specialty, with whom they work together in a multidisciplinary team which is relevant for the treatment of the patient. These two physicians will then be able to attend the ESIR course under the “team registration”. Just choose the “team registration” and contact [email protected] with details regarding your non-IR colleague.

Registration needs to be accompanied by the Confirmation Form, signed by the head of department.

These fees include

  • Course attendance
  • Teaching material for the course
  • Lunch and coffee breaks

General Information

  • Please note that this course is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • To attend the ESIR courses as a member, CIRSE membership fee for the year of the course must be settled.
  • Please note that your registration becomes valid only after receipt of payment and after confirmation by the CIRSE Central Office.
  • When making your flight bookings, please make sure that you will be able to stay for the entire course.

Invoices will be issued by the CIRSE Foundation, Neutorgasse 9, 1010 Vienna, Austria.

CIRSE Foundation
Neutorgasse 9
Phone: 0043 1 904 2003
Fax: 0043 1 904 2003 30
Email: [email protected]
1010 Vienna

COVID 19 Information

  • Please note that in order to attend an ESIR course, we request proof that participants are either vaccinated against or have recovered from COVID-19. Proof of full vaccination via a vaccine certificate, vaccine card, vaccine passport, EU Digital COVID Certificate, or proof of recovery via a medical certificate proving past infection is required.
  • Please check country-specific COVID-19 requirements and travel information before traveling to an ESIR course.
  • In the case that any additional COVID-19 health and safety measures are put in place by the hosting institution, participants will receive an update shortly before the course date.

Cancellation of course registration

The CIRSE Foundation offers all participants the possibility of purchasing insurance with our partner “Europäische Reiseversicherung” via this link. Thus, the CIRSE Foundation itself will not refund any amount after a cancellation of registration. All requests have to be issued to the “Europäische Reiseversicherung” directly. Refunds will be given within the terms and conditions of the “Europäische Reiseversicherung”. Name changes will be handled as a cancellation and new registration.


Below is a list of recommended hotels within the vicinity of the course venue. To proceed with booking your rooms for the course duration, please get in touch with the hotels directly. Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and course delegates shall bear all costs in this context themselves.

Grand Hotel Europa:
Südtiroler Platz 2
6020 Innsbruck
Phone: +43 512 5931 951
Fax: +43 512 5931 5878 00
E-mail: [email protected]


The Penz Hotel:
Adolf-Pichler-Platz 3
6020 Innsbruck
Phone: +43 512 57 56 57 – 0
E-mail: [email protected]

Best Western – Mondschein:
Mariahilfstraße 6
6020 Innsbruck
Phone: +43 512 22784
Fax: +43 512 2278490
E-mail: [email protected]


Hotel Goldene Krone:
Maria-Theresien-Strasse 46
6020 Innsbruck
Phone: +43 512 58 61 60
Fax: +43 512 58 01 896
E-mail: [email protected]

Corporate Partners

Special thanks to our corporate partners for the support and collaboration in making this ESIR course possible. Financial support was provided without any attempt to influence the course program, content, or choice of faculty members. The program has been compiled at the sole discretion of an independent program committee. Have a look at which corporate partners have supported us!