Mission statement for the Paediatric Interventional Radiology Specialist Interest Group (PIR-SIG)

Paediatric interventional radiology is a growing area within IR. It has many similarities to adult practice but differs significantly in some areas, not just in the small size of the patients. Paediatric IR has differences in the need for family centred care and care pathways, consent, sedation and anaesthesia as well as radiation protection.

The ready provision of paediatric IR can also impact positively on adult practice by providing the treatment of vascular anomalies, allowing the preservation of central veins for future access and ensuring transition to adult care goes as smoothly as possible.

Paediatric IR can be provided by dedicated paediatric interventional radiologists, paediatric diagnostic radiologists who perform some IR procedures and adult interventional radiologists that perform procedures on children. Input from all of the above is needed to provide the cover for paediatric IR that the UK needs.

The group aims to:

  • Provide a forum within IR for discussion, mentoring and education regarding paediatric IR.
  • To promote the highest standards of practice of paediatric IR in the United Kingdom.
  • Help develop services and expertise around the country
  • To promote the exchange of information and experience amongst paediatric interventional radiologists
  • To develop a specific teaching program
  • Promote collaborative research and quality improvement.
  • Participate fully in the BSIR annual meeting.

Chairs – Dr Simon Mcguirk & Dr Sam Stuart