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SIR Stroke Course

Wednesday, March 8, 1 - 6 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 9, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET
Phoenix Convention Center

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For interventional radiologists interested or experienced in cerebral angiography, carotid revascularization, and/or endovascular stroke thrombectomy, the 2023 SIR Stroke Course provides participants with the latest in stroke education. Topics include updates on stroke trials, emerging areas including low ASPECTS, low NIHSS, and medium vessel occlusion stroke, and challenging stroke interventions in refractory and tandem occlusion cases. 

Program objectives

Upon completion of this course, an attendee should be able to:
  • Describe recent developments and summarize the findings of clinical trials of thrombectomy for AIS
  • Describe clinical trials and techniques for low ASPECTS, low NIHSS, and medium vessel occlusion AIS
  • Describe data and technical challenges for stroke interventions in refractory and tandem occlusion AIS
  • Describe patient selection, techniques, and complications of thrombectomy for AIS

Program directors

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Martin G. Radvany, MD, FSIR
Intellirad Imaging
Sudhakar R. Satti, MD
Christiana Care Health System
Venu Vadlamudi, MD, RPVI, FSIR
Inova Alexandria Hospital

Registration rates

Nov. 1 - Jan. 13
Jan. 14 - onsite
SIR member $395 $450
Nonmember $595 $650

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Review program

Full program

Time (all times local) Session
Wednesday, March 8
1 - 1:05 p.m. Opening remarks
1:05 -2:30 p.m. Stroke Pathophysiology and Medical Management
2:30 - 4 p.m. Stroke Intervention Basic Tools and Techniques
4 - 4:55 p.m. Case Presentations
4:55 - 5 p.m. Wrap up day 1
5 - 6 p.m. Attendee reception
Thursday, March 9
8 - 8:05 a.m. Opening remarks
8:05 - 9:30 a.m. Current Standards of Care- Part 1 
9:30 - 11 a.m. Emerging Areas in EVT - Part 2 
11 - noon Complexities and Complications  
Noo - 1 p.m Working Lunch with Case Presentations
1 - 2:55 p.m. Thrombectomy Simulators and Device Hands-On Workshops 
  • Rotation 1 - Stent Retriever Thrombectomy
  • Rotation 2 - Aspiration Thrombectomy Flow Model and Simulator
  • Rotation 3 - Aspiration Thrombectomy Flow Model and Simulator
2:55 - 3 p.m. Closing remarks

*For further questions, please contact SIR Education.

Course guidelines

In September 2019, SIR published updated training guidelines for IRs performing endovascular thrombectomy to treat patients suffering from acute ischemic stroke. The training guidelines were published on the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) website. 

The training guidelines detail the cognitive and procedural skills interventional radiologists must obtain and maintain to effectively treat patients using endovascular thrombectomies (EVTs), including patient diagnosis and selection; brain imaging competencies; clinical patient care before, during and after the procedure; and the ability to identify and manage complications. The new guidelines will ensure IRs stay current in the performance of this life-changing and function-saving treatment. Read the full guidelines.
In addition to the guidelines, JVIR also published a commentary from SIR President Laura Findeiss, MD, FSIR, reflecting the important role IRs have played in caring for acute ischemic stroke patients and outlining SIR’s current quality and advocacy efforts. SIR leaders are engaged in ongoing discussions with the Joint Commission and other stakeholder organizations to ensure experienced and appropriately trained IRs continue to be included on stroke teams. This collaboration with other specialty societies and oversight bodies is focused on working towards a common understanding of quality standards in this area of interventional practice. Read her commentary.

SIR Guidelines

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is accredited by the ACCME to provide medical education for physicians.

SIR designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.