Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe

Lisbon, Portugal

September 26-30

CIRSE 2015

Quality and Innovation at CIRSE 2015

Annually attracting over 6,000 participants, the CIRSE Annual Congress has long been recognised as a key driver in IR education. The quality of the scientific programme is reflected in the outstanding feedback received following CIRSE 2014: over 91% of delegates indicated that the sessions on offer fully met their specified learning objectives – the highest rate ever achieved!

This animated webpage introduces the innovative and dynamic programme that’s planned for CIRSE 2015 – simply scroll through to find out what awaits you in Lisbon!

The programme has been carefully constructed to reflect the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration. To this end, the newly introduced Multidisciplinary Expert Boards will discuss clinical management in the vascular and oncological fields, and a unique symposium, the Interdisciplinary Endovascular Aortic Symposium (IDEAS), will run parallel to the congress at no extra cost to CIRSE 2015 delegates.

CIRSE 2015 also marks the society’s 30th anniversary, and a number of jubilee events are already being planned. Come celebrate with us in Lisbon!

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Abstract submission for CIRSE 2015 is now open!

Don't miss your chance to publicise your work at Europe's premier IR congress!

Attracting over 6,400 delegates from around the globe, CIRSE’s Annual Meetings are an ideal forum for stimulating scientific and educational exchanges in interventional radiology.

Seize your chance to contribute to the discussion – submit an abstract in one of the following categories:

  • Scientific abstracts
  • Educational abstracts
  • Case report abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Deadline: February 26, 2015

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Vascular Interventions

"This year’s special emphasis on venous interventions is in direct response to the increasing patient demand for minimally invasive venous disease treatment. Education in this field is crucial and much needed, as demonstrated by the huge audience interest in sessions on venous topics at the most recent CIRSE congresses.

So don’t miss our Venous Forum series, which will guide you from indication to treatment, and the many sessions detailing more complex management of DVT, PE and haemodialysis access malfunction.

Another highlight will be the Controversies in venous disease treatment session, where three contentious topics will be hotly debated."

Patrick Haage
Chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee

  • Basic principles of haemodialysis access maintenance
  • Venous Forum I: Varicose veins
  • Venous Forum II: Deep vein thrombosis
  • Venous Forum III: Pulmonary Embolism and IVC filters
  • Venous Forum IV: Portal hypertension
  • Controversies in venous disease treatment
  • Challenging varicose vein ablations: case-based discussion
  • Complex DVT treatment: case-based discussion
  • The difficult IVC filter: case-based discussion
  • Challenging haemodialysis access interventions: case-based discussion
  • Interactive Case Session: Complex venous interventions
All Vascular
Intervention Sessions

Aortic interventions require an interdisciplinary approach and strong teamwork. To reflect this, IDEAS brings together noted vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists and anaesthesiologists for 2.5 days of scientific education.

Join us as we explore a variety of key topics in EVAR and TEVAR, including:

  • Current and potential future optimal imaging strategies for surveillance after EVAR
  • What does the evidence tell us about the management of aortic dissection?
  • Update on EVAR indications, devices and outcomes
  • Management of short necked and juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms: do the trials provide more questions than answers?
  • Strategies for aortic arch and thoracoabdominal aneurysms
  • Hybrid techniques
  • Prevention and management of endoleaks and complications

Transcatheter Embolisation

"Immediate whole-body MDCT followed by embolisation in trauma patients with abdominal and pelvic bleeding has revolutionised the management of these complex conditions. The cause and nature of bleeding are much faster recognised and treated, often obviating the need for immediate surgery and improving patient outcomes.

Embolisation with microcatheters can be very challenging, and a thorough understanding of all the specific properties and qualities of the various embolic agents (such as different types of particles, coils and glue) is essential to safely perform such interventions and obtain the desired results. The skills required cannot be learned from product information leaflets, but only from experts in the field with extensive hands-on experience."

Otto M. van Delden
Member of the Scientific Programme Committee

  • Basic principles of transcatheter embolisation in the trauma patient
  • State-of-the-art vascular malformation management
  • GI tract haemorrhage
  • Embolic agents for microcatheters
  • Complex microcatheterisation techniques: case-based discussion
  • Intractable arterial gastrointestinal bleeding: case-based discussion
  • The difficult vascular malformation: case-based discussion
  • Iatrogenic and non-iatrogenic trauma: case-based discussion
  • Interactive Case Session: Trauma bleeding
All Transcatheter
Embolisation Sessions

Interventional Oncology

"New this year, the Multidisciplinary Expert Board promises to be a lively and absorbing session format, in which experts from different disciplines will discuss the most appropriate management of real clinical cases. The inaugural Multidisciplinary Expert Board will be focused on hepatocellular carcinoma – see how experts perform a critical appraisal of clinical, laboratory and imaging data to develop a personalised, multidisciplinary treatment strategy.

The Interventional Oncology track offers many more topics and sessions besides, covering both curative and palliative therapies, with a strong focus on clinical trial data – an essential part of advancing these therapies."

Riccardo Lencioni
Member of the Scientific Programme Committee

  • Multidisciplinary Expert Board on Tumours: Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Management of early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Management of intermediate-advanced hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Palliation in cancer: alleviation strategies
  • Trials and current evidence in interventional oncology
  • Basic and advanced Y-90: case-based discussion
  • Tips and tricks in challenging liver ablations: case-based discussion
  • Treatment planning and advanced image guidance: case-based discussion
  • Interactive Case Session: Difficult and unusual tumour ablations
All Interventional
Oncology Sessions


"Since 2010, a dedicated Neurointerventions track has been updating interventionists on endovascular treatment of haemorrhagic and ischaemic stroke – one of the most exciting achievements of interventional radiology.

This year we particularly recommend the session How to improve acute stroke management: new horizons, where participants can learn about future techniques and devices in stroke treatment.

The programme also features an Interactive Case Session, which will allow the audience to get actively involved in the discussion of both simple and challenging cases."

Saruhan Cekirge
Member of the Scientific Programme Committee

  • How to improve acute stroke management: new horizons
  • In-depth diagnostic and treatment concepts in acute stroke
  • Flow modification in cerebral aneurysms: creating new treatment alternatives
  • Interactive Case Session: Acute stroke revascularisation: from simple to challenging
All Neurointerventions

Non-Vascular Interventions

"Interventions in both benign and malignant biliary disease play a special role in the daily work of an interventional radiologist. Percutaneous procedures in the bile duct range from basic, commonly occurring ones to exceptionally complex and challenging ones, and a variety of sessions at CIRSE 2015 will address this broad clinical spectrum.

In particular, interventional radiologists need to be aware of best-practice guidelines concerning the growth of bile duct cancer, as well as how to deal with benign cases without having to employ ERCP techniques."

Belarmino Gonçalves
Member of the Scientific Programme Committee

  • Basic principles of biliary intervention
  • Basic principles of biopsy and drainage procedures
  • Interventional management of pancreatitis: case-based discussion
  • Challenging biliary interventions: case-based discussion
All Non-Vascular
Intervention Sessions

IR Management

"Interventional radiology was often driven forward by skilled individuals performing interventions in their own fashion, with some of them even inventing their own catheters. Clinical success was thus very heterogeneous and anecdotal. This autodidactic learning has largely been replaced by formal training throughout Europe, with many now opting for independent subspecialty certification (EBIR).

The next important step is to transform IR from a group of individuals to a reliable subspecialty throughout Europe. Standardisation of training and practice is essential in order to allow patients and referring physicians to rely on the quality of IR treatment."

Christoph A. Binkert
Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee

  • Quality in IR
  • How to deliver high quality IR services
  • Controversies in radiation safety
  • Preparation for EBIR and the use of ESIR online

All IR Management

CIRSE members benefit from a special service: over 8,000 presentations, webcasts and abstracts from CIRSE events since 2006 are available on ESIRonline, year-round.

Log into ESIRonline at using your myCIRSE details and explore the most extensive online educational resource in interventional radiology, featuring the latest congress recordings as well as specially compiled topic packages!

Go To ESIRonline


The free CIRSE Society app for iOS and Android is a great way to keep up with the latest news on both the society and the specialty, in addition to being a mobile portal for CIRSE’s online platforms.

With CIRSE’s many activities throughout the year, it is easy to miss the most recent documents, developments and of course upcoming deadlines – but the app’s regularly updated news section means you can stay in the loop year-round.

The app also acts as a mobile platform to CIRSE’s online resources, including ESIRonline, so users can keep up with the latest research in the specialty as well.

All CIRSE event programmes can now be downloaded into the CIRSE society app, allowing you to customise your congress experience. Each event guide includes the scientific programme, abstracts and a floor plan, as well as a regular stream of congress-related news during the event.