Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe

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The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) was founded in 1985 and has over 7,000 members, including 37 national societies who have joined as group members. It is a non-profit, educational and scientific association aiming to improve patient care through the support of teaching, science, research and clinical practice in the field of cardiovascular and interventional radiology.


CIRSE is directed by its Executive Board with support from the Executive Committee, Standing Committees and Subcommittees for specific agenda and medical topic matters.


CIRSE offers courses through the European School of Interventional Radiology (ESIR) for IR professionals, helping participants stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of interventional radiology (IR). Over 9,000 event lectures, presentations, and abstracts can also be found on ESIRonline, the largest IR resource on the web.

The EBIR exam, run by the European Board of Interventional Radiology, is an UEMS-CESMA certified IR qualification, the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR serving as a comprehensive guideline for the exam. It covers all the specific areas with which a well-trained interventional radiologist should be familiar.


The CIRSE Annual Congress, taking place in September/October each year, is CIRSE’s largest meeting, and, since its first meeting in 1985, has become a leading global platform for interventionalists. Today, it features more than 250 hours of sessions, workshops and symposia, and 120 exhibitors on 5,800 m2 of exhibition space. CIRSE is a platform used by more than 6,700 participants to increase their knowledge on image-guided minimally invasive procedures and to present their latest research findings.

Other CIRSE meetings include: IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Endovascular Aortic Symposium) taking place in parallel to CIRSE, ECIO (European Conference on Interventional Oncology), ICCIR (International Conference on Complications in Interventional Radiology) and GEST Europe (Global Embolization Symposium and Technologies).


CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology (CVIR) is CIRSE's official journal. It was founded in 1978 and is the oldest journal in the field; CVIR publishes double-blind, peer-reviewed, original research work.

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