Interventional Radiology

What is Interventional Radiology?

Interventional radiology is a distinct subspecialty of clinical radiology that combines an in-depth understanding of clinical radiology with advanced procedural skills and clinical management. An interventional radiologist works both as the primary specialist caring for patients who undergo interventional procedures as part of an integrated patient care team and has direct involvement in the full cycle of clinical care.

Training in interventional radiology in Australia and New Zealand

Training starts within the RANZCR Clinical Radiology Training Program, where registrars develop a range of basic procedural and clinical competencies. The training program lays the foundations required for interventional practice, which can be built upon through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities or by undertaking a Fellowship in IR upon receiving the FRANZCR.

Fellowship positions (typically one year in duration) equip radiologists to perform complex procedures requiring specialised interventional skills. Once Fellowship in completed, some IRs choose to sit the European Board of Interventional Radiology (EBIR) examination.

About the EBIR

The European Board of Interventional Radiology (EBIR) is a voluntary examination designed to evaluate interventional radiologists on the clinical and technical knowledge necessary to carry out safe and effective treatments for patients. By taking this examination, IRs in Australia and New Zealand can certify their expertise.

The EBIR is based on the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology, this document and the Examination has received the endorsement of IRSA and RANZCR.

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