CIRSE 2016

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Last year, with over 6,600 delegates in attendance, the CIRSE Annual Congress was yet another record breaker. Each year, the unique programme offered by CIRSE allows participants to stay abreast of technological advances and new indications for image-guided therapies and exchange high-level scientific information in an international setting.

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response of last year’s Interdisciplinary Endovascular Aortic Symposium (IDEAS) programme, CIRSE 2016 will be expanding its endovascular programme even further by creating three distinct tracks: arterial interventions, venous interventions and aortic interventions, with the latter being presented within the framework of IDEAS 2016. This year’s dynamic programme will also focus on the most recent advances in embolotherapy, interventional oncology, stroke therapy and non-vascular interventions, with ample time dedicated to clinical management within IR.

This animated webpage provides easy access to this year’s scientific programme: we are confident that it will meet the educational needs of all CIRSE 2016 attendees. Scroll through to see what is planned for you in Barcelona!

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Arterial Interventions

At CIRSE 2016, the arterial track will feature Expert Round Tables and Expert Case Discussions, to increase the opportunity for lively discussion of topics such as the treatment of long SFA lesions and chronic limb ischaemia.

Lecture-based sessions will investigate a number of cutting-edge themes, including Calcium burden and treatment solutions in modern endovascular practice and Robotic interventions: which patients; is it worth it? Clinical issues such as alternative arterial access and patient involvement and shared decision making will also be addressed.

  • Arterial thrombectomy
  • Calcium burden and treatment solutions in modern endovascular practice
  • Drug-eluting technologies
  • Robotic interventions: which patients; is it worth it?
  • Therapy of long SFA lesions
  • Therapy of chronic limb ischaemia
  • The patient’s perspective in PAD
Drug-eluting devices in BTK lesions
CLI beyond pipe fitting

Venous Interventions

Last year, this fast-growing sub-category of therapies was given increased prominence within the programme. Due to enthusiastic reception, these sessions have now been expanded into a stand-alone clinical track, to provide more targeted education to those who would like to get more involved in this fast-growing field.

Perhaps the most urgent of venous complaints, DVT and pulmonary embolism will be addressed in a comprehensive series of Fundamental Courses and Special Sessions, while those wishing to offer varicose vein treatments are advised to sign up one of two Hands-on Workshops. Dialysis access maintenance and portal hypertension (including in the paediatric sphere) will also be explored.

  • Dialysis access
  • IVC filters: reassessing the evidence
  • Pharmacomechanical thrombolysis for acute DVT
  • Portal hypertension
  • Venous stenting
Surgery for Paget-Schroetter syndrome is mandatory: pro
Surgery for Paget-Schroetter syndrome is mandatory: con

Aortic Interventions
featured within IDEAS

The Interdisciplinary Endovascular Aortic Symposium is a recent innovation, running parallel to CIRSE and offering a 2.5-day cross-disciplinary educational forum. CIRSE delegates have unrestricted access to this exciting stream, and all sessions are listed in this programme as a distinct aortic track.

To reflect the collaborative nature of the symposium, these sessions feature a great number of debates, covering TEVAR for type B dissection, optimal management of type I endoleaks and standard EVAR outside IFU – yes or no? One of the highlights in 2016 will be the Hot Topic Symposium on Aortic emergencies, where the early IMPROVE trial results will be discussed. Two workshops will also be offered for junior doctors.

  • Thoracic aorta - uncomplicated acute type B dissections
  • Abdominal aorta - challenging proximal neck
  • Aortic emergencies
  • Arch and ascending thoracic aorta
  • Endoleaks/complications
  • A bad day in the angio-suite: case-based discussion
TEVAR in complicated acute type B dissections
Management of RAAA

Interventional Oncology

The rapid developments in interventional oncology research, technology and techniques are piquing the interest of many specialists and our varied programme strives to reflect this.

There will be a range of Special Sessions, Workshops and Fundamental Courses on ablation. Furthermore, a special Hot Topic Symposium will examine the paradigm shift in clinical treatment of colorectal liver metastases, with an overview of the new ESMO guidelines that have recently been published. Other Special Sessions include an extended outlook on the controversial issues in HCC and IR options for treating colon cancer at different stages.

  • Paradigm shift: liver colorectal metastases
  • Difficult and unusual tumour ablations
  • Therapy of small renal cancer
  • Therapy of lung metastasis
  • Therapy of liver metastasis from colon cancer
  • Thermal liver ablation
  • HCC: controversial issues (beyond guidelines)
  • IR options for colon cancer at different stages
Trans-arterial radioembolisation
Focal treatment: when and how


Embolisation continues to play a vital role in every IR’s practice.

Delivered through a series of lecture-based Fundamental Courses and Special Sessions, the programme covers an array of topics, from prostate embolisation to gastrointestinal bleeding and even controversies in new fields such as bariatric and haemorrhoid embolisation. There will also be a number of workshops covering all facets of embolotherapy, including the popular Hands-on Workshops which will provide an opportunity for participants to explore the available embolisation tools and materials and practice basic techniques.

  • Controversies in new fields of embolisation
  • Prostate embolisation
  • Liquid embolic agents
  • Transradial visceral embolisation: advantages over femoral approach
  • Musculoskeletal embolisation
Technique of prostate artery embolisation
UAE for symptomatic fibroids: procedural complications and pain management


With the recent completion of key studies in this field, this is a crucial moment for the neurointerventional radiologist. As such, stroke therapy will be a core theme of the 2016 programme.

A host of sessions, including a Hot Topic Symposium on the shifts in treatment of acute ischaemic stroke therapy, will examine exciting new evidence, treatment options, collaboration and how to optimise service provision. Relevant Workshops will include Revascularisation in acute ischaemic stroke and Carotid and intracranial stenting in stroke prevention, while a Fundamental Course will provide the basics of ischaemic stroke interventions.

  • Paradigm shift: acute ischaemic stroke
  • Basic acute ischaemic stroke intervention
  • How to improve acute stroke management: present and future
  • Revascularisation in acute ischaemic stroke
  • Carotid and intracranial stenting in stroke prevention
Imaging algorithms and patient selection
for intra-arterial treatment
Role of imaging in patient selection for IV or IA treatment: importance of imaging parameters

Non-Vascular Interventions

A core staple of the IR repertoire, non-vascular procedures are expanding beyond the traditional field of image-guided biopsies and drainage: this year’s non-vascular track will closely scrutinise the skeletal system, offering a range of sessions on percutaneous fracture management, bone ablation and new evidence on vertebroplasty.

However, non-skeletal interventions will also be examined, and Special Sessions of note include The role of IR in inflammatory pancreatic disease and Biopsy: new developments. A case-based Workshop will discuss benign biliary disease, complimented by an Expert Round Table on the therapy of biliary obstructions.

  • Enteral feeding - gastrostomy, gastrojejunostomy, jejunostomy
  • Therapy of biliary obstructions
  • The role of IR in inflammatory pancreatic disease
  • Biopsy: new developments
  • Bone ablation: current evidence and future frontiers
  • Vertebroplasty: new evidence
Percutaneous management of abdominal
and pelvic fluid collections
Biliary interventions in bile duct malignancy

IR Management

Clinical care, quality assurance and patient safety are all important aspects of an interventional radiologist’s practice and will all be key topics in the CIRSE 2016 IR Management track.

Special Sessions will address radiation safety and anaesthesia use, while workshops in this track will offer a more interactive discussion, including topics such as paediatric radiation protection and preparing for the EBIR, a session which seeks to encourage continued engagement through this certification. Current research and clinical trials will also be addressed, as well as a special session on taking care of your patient, including a lecture on how to set up your own clinical department.

  • Intraprocedural radiation dose management
  • How to handle the radiation risk
  • Anaesthesia and interventional radiology: time to face reality?
  • Interventional radiology: taking care of your own patient
  • Translational research and clinical trials in IR
Next important steps for IR
Provision of IR: requirements

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