CIRSE Annual Congress

September 14-18 | Lisbon, Portugal

Patient centered - Science driven

September 14-18 | Lisbon, Portugal

Patient centered - Science driven

September 14-18 | Lisbon, Portugal

September 14-18 | Lisbon, Portugal

September 14-18 | Lisbon, Portugal

Patient centered - Science driven
AboutWelcome to CIRSE 2024!

Welcome to CIRSE 2024!

Adam Hatzidakis
Adam Hatzidakis
Scientific Programme Committee Chairperson
Gerard O'Sullivan
Gerard O'Sullivan
Scientific Programme Committee Deputy Chairperson

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to give you a first glimpse of this programme which will cover every aspect of interventional radiology, from tips and tricks for daily practice to the latest trends to new data and possible future developments.

As we started putting together the programme for our 2024 congress with our Scientific Programme Committee, we were reminded of just how multifaceted and wonderfully diverse our specialty is. The Committee, consisting of world-renowned experts on the various aspects of interventional radiology, has provided valuable input and we are confident that the resulting programme will be truly outstanding.

Deep dive: Arterial

After their successful launch in 2023, the deep dive days will again be featured at CIRSE 2024, providing attendees with the opportunity to completely immerse themselves into a specific topic over the course of one day. Our first deep dive will be on arterial topics, covering everything there is to know about arterial interventions from CLI treatment to complex PAD interventions. A new and surely very interesting topic will be the endovascular treatment of erectile dysfunction. Also of note: a focus session honing in on below-the ankle revascularization. The expert round tables will complete our arterial deep dive with presentations and subsequent discussions on the ideal femoropopliteal scaffold and the treatment of acute mesenteric ischaemia, respectively.

Deep dive: Venous

We will also take a deep dive into venous topics, with a great number of fantastic sessions lined up for IRs practicing in this field or wishing to add venous interventions to their practice. Of particular note; a multidisciplinary session on female pelvic venous disease presenting both the gynaecological and IR perspective on the subject. Another venous highlight not to be missed will be the focus session on IVC reconstruction scrutinizing the aspects of filter-associated as well as tumour-related IVC occlusions. At a dedicated round table session, a group of renowned experts will present on the aetiology, anatomical considerations, and appropriate tools for thoracic central vein recanalization which will surely be followed by a lively debate with the lecturers taking questions from the audience.

Interventional oncology

Needless to say, interventional oncology will be another important topic track at CIRSE 2024. Several sessions will focus on MSK interventions and HCC treatment, but we will also look at new frontiers of IO, such as breast cancer, where IR was previously not thought to play an important role, local pancreatic cancer treatments, renal cell carcinoma, and the very up and coming topic of thyroid interventions.


Throughout the embolization track, we will touch on a very diverse range of topics, from the role of IR within a trauma team to the haemorrhoid technique for superior rectal artery embolization to a case-based discussion on pregnancy-related uterine haemorrhage. At a dedicated hot-topic symposium, some of the most renowned experts in the field will discuss the current status of MSK embolization of the knee and shoulder, as well as for sports injuries. During the controversy session, gynaecologists and interventional radiologists will weigh the pros and cons of UFE vs. myomectomy – a debate that surely all practitioners in the field will be interested to participate in.

Non-vascular treatments

The non-vascular topics at CIRSE 2024 will be as multifaceted as ever. There will be two sessions focussing on paediatric treatments, on thoracic and genito-urinary interventions respectively. We will also have a close look at challenging biliary work with an interdisciplinary focus session with a gastroenterologist offering the non-IR perspective on how to treat leaks and benign strictures. Another increasingly relevant topic is of course pain management which will be discussed in a session focussing on how to reduce pain in muscles and tendons, joints, as well as in the lower back, and cases of osteoarthritis.

Neuro interventions

Our faculty specializing in neuro interventions will offer a clinical evaluation course on thrombectomy and stenting in acute or subacute ischaemic stroke, scrutinizing technical aspects of the various treatment modalities as well as patient selection and the use of artificial intelligence. At an expert round table, the latest trial results on ischaemic stroke will be discussed, as well as distal thrombectomy with stent retriever vs. with aspiration, and the role of balloon guide catheter in distal thrombectomy.

Presenting new data

One of the most exciting parts of the congress for all of us will doubtlessly be the data releases of the latest studies and trials at the FIRST@CIRSE sessions and we warmly invite all researchers to submit their work and share their results with our fantastic community.

CIRSE meets

Continuing CIRSE’s long-standing commitment to fostering multidisciplinary teamwork between the various specialties, we have again invited a very important society of a neighbouring medical field to join us for a dedicated CIRSE meets session. In the CIRSE meets the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) session, we will discuss the pros and cons of endoscopic vs percutaneous biliary procedures, PEG vs percutaneous gastrostomy, and endoscopic vs radiological insertion of oesophageal stents in what is bound to be a very interesting round table indeed.

IR management

Complementing the strictly scientific format to reflect issues we face on a more administrative level, the IR management track will provide a range of interesting sessions on issues such as how to set up clinical services, how to improve communication with the patient, all topics that will play a crucial role in the further advancements of IR as a clinical specialty.

We will also have a close look at artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, and their potential practical applications in the training and optimization of IR therapies.

Radiation protection

The Radiation Protection Pavilion will once again draw attention to a topic that concerns all of us, no matter what interventions we focus on; the importance of protecting our patients and staff from unnecessary radiation during procedures. The short talks which will be given at the Radiation Protection Pavilion which forms part of the exhibition will cover a wide range of relevant topics and provide important tips and tricks for daily practice. This will be complemented by an exhibition on protective equipment.

Putting theory into practice and connecting with the industry

At CIRSE 2024, congress-goers will not only have the chance to gain the most up-to-date theoretical knowledge and hear about the latest study results in the field, but will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with all the latest devices on the market, a key element connecting us to our corporate partners who help us in continually pushing IR further.

Another important way to connect with the industry will be the satellite symposia giving us insights into the latest technical developments, as well as the learning centres provided by our top supporting corporate partners. In addition, the fantastic infrastructure of the CCL congress centre will allow us to host the world’s most comprehensive IR industry exhibition for both IRs and the industry to connect and grow their network.

Last but certainly not least, the city of Lisbon will be a stunning backdrop for our meeting. We look forward to enjoying its wonderfully lively atmosphere to reconnect with old colleagues and make new friends!