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Prostate artery embolisation – online course


Please note that this course is no longer CME accredited, but we are working on a new accredited version.

Authors: A. Kovacs and P. Bischoff

Reviewers: M. Deutschmann, D. Filippiadis, S. Müller-Hülsbeck, M. Hoffmann and C. Nice

This course corresponds to chapter Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE) and Non-Vascular Interventional Oncology in the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR.



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 an 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
  • Get to know 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 IR 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 one hour.

Access to complete and revisit the course is granted for an enrolment period of 90 days.

Release date: March 2019