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Prostate artery embolisation (2022 – CME) – online course


Authors: A. Kovács and P. Bischoff

Reviewers: V. Bérczi, G. Makris, C. Nice, M. Tsitskari and F. Wolf

This course corresponds to chapter Prostate artery embolisation (PAE) and Non-vascular interventional oncology in the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology.



Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common disease, mostly of the elderly man, occurring in over 50% of men aged 60 years and older. After an asymptomatic period, many men consult a urologist due to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), which include, amongst others, incomplete bladder emptying, nocturia, frequent urination, intermittency and infections.

Prostatic arterial embolisation is an effective and safe endovascular procedure that decreases the prostatic size, mainly by induced infarction of the median prostatic lobe. In contrast to surgical treatments, patients don’t face operative risks and side effects such as erectile dysfunction, retrograde ejaculation and incontinence.


Learning objectives

  • Become acquainted with patient selection according to procedure indications
  • Get familiar with the materials and how to choose them correctly
  • Understand the pelvic vascular anatomy
  • Learn about possible origins of the prostatic artery and anatomic norm variants
  • Achieve technical skills to plan and perform the intervention
  • Learn about complication management
  • Learn about post-procedural management and follow-up


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 Interventional Radiology and corresponds to chapter Prostate artery embolisation (PAE) and Non-vascular interventional oncology.

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 two hours and is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to award 2 European CME credits (ECMEC). The CME accreditation for this course will expire on October 17, 2024. A non-CME accredited version of the course will remain available for two more years.

The acquired CME Certificate will be available in the myCIRSE area under CIRSE Academy.

The enrolment period of this course is linked to the validity of the All-Access Pass.

Release date: October 2022