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Imaging for IR planning (CME) – online course


Authors: T. Bilhim and C. Nice

Reviewers: M. Hamady, I. McCafferty, B. Peynircioglu and A. Ryan

This course corresponds to chapter 2.1.7 Imaging in the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR.



In this module, the most relevant imaging techniques for interventional radiology procedures will be reviewed. The physical basis, the indications and contraindications, how to manage and prevent adverse events from ultrasound (US), Doppler, contrast-enhanced US (CEUS) and intravascular US (IvUS), computerised tomography (CT) including CT angiography (CTA), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including MR angiography (MRA), catheter angiography including digital subtraction angiography (DSA), rotational angiography/cone beam CT (CBCT) and nuclear medicine are revised. Special focus is given to pre-procedural imaging for planning interventional procedures and how to integrate imaging information before, during and after a procedure in order to minimise or resolve challenges or complications. Some tips and tricks to optimise imaging are provided in order to maximise image quality and minimise the risks from radiation exposure or from contrast-induced allergies or nephropathy. Imaging strategies and protocols are provided for specific common interventional procedures such as: embolisation of vascular malformations, carotid artery stenting, abdominal endovascular aneurysm repair, tumour ablation, transhepatic biliary interventions, radioembolisation, transcatheter arterial chemoembolisation, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation, uterine artery and prostatic artery embolisation.


Learning objectives

  • Describe the physical basis for pre-procedural imaging modalities
  • Assess the fundamental importance of pre-procedural imaging for planning interventional procedures
  • Explain the opportunities and optimal conditions for integrating image planning into interventional radiology treatment pathways
  • Predict procedural challenges and use imaging planning to minimise or resolve them
  • Summarise the advantages and limitations of IR planning when using the most frequently employed imaging modalities
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current procedural planning protocols
  • Develop the ability to apply planning principles to new and novel interventions


Further information

This course covers a basic level of IR knowledge and is designed for trainees, students or young consultants aiming to acquire essential knowledge or prepare for the EBIR exam. Thereby, it is tailored to the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR and corresponds to chapter 2.1.7 Imaging.

The format of the course is interactive and easy to use, including texts, graphics, videos and a quiz to support your learning. The course duration is around three hours and is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to award 3 European CME credits (ECMEC). The CME accreditation for this course will expire on October 14, 2023. A non-CME accredited version of the course will remain available for two more years.

The enrolment period of this course is set to 90 days and may be extended throughout the year with a valid All-Access Pass.

The CME certificate will be available in the myCIRSE area past the enrolment period if the course is completed before October 14, 2023.

Release date: October 2021