Patients

Patient Information Leaflets

These leaflets have been prepared by the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) and the Clinical Radiology Patients' Liaison Group (CRPLG) of the Royal College of Radiologists.  Approved by the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology: 25 February 2011

They are intended as information leaflets for patients who are recommended to have any one of these specific interventional radiology procedures.  They should facilitate informed debate between patients and clinical staff.


Information for patients on radiation doses

Radiation exposure during interventional procedures is generally regarded as low but higher radiation doses might be necessary in difficult or complex cases.  You can discuss this further with the clinician performing your procedure.

© The British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) 2011. Permission is granted to modify and/or re-produce these leaflets for purposes relating to the improvement of health care provided that the source is acknowledged and that none of the material is used for commercial gain. If modified, the BSIR and RCR logos should not be reproduced. The material may not be used for any other purpose without prior consent from the Society.


Legal Notice

Please remember that these leaflets are intended as general information only.  They are not definitive, and the RCR and the BSIR cannot accept any legal liability arising from their use.  We aim to make the information as up to date and accurate as possible, but please be warned that it is always subject to change.  Patients should therefore always check specific advice on the procedures or any concerns they may have with their doctor.

BSIR Council 2013

The Society cannot respond to individual enquiries regarding the specific treatments for individual patients as these decisions require a proper doctor patient relationship with full knowledge of the clinical history and other salient facts.  This can only be achieved through a clinical consultation.  Questions regarding whether and when a treatment is recommended or concerning cost effectiveness are in the remit of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and specific recommendations can be viewed on the NICE website http://guidance.nice.org.uk 

BSIR communications committee will try to answer questions relating to whether specific treatments are available in the UK and whether there is approval from NICE.  The Society will occasionally issue a position statement regarding treatments for certain conditions.  Patients seeking treatment in a geographical area should consult the Find a Doctor facility on the left.


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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Angiography

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Angioplasty

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Antegrade Ureteric Stenting

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Bronchial Artery Embolisation

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Dialysis Line Insertion

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Embolisation of a Vascular Mass

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Endovascular Aortic Repair (EVAR)

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Fibroid Embolisation

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Fistulogram, Fistuloplasty and Venoplasty

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Oesphageal Stent Insertion

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Percutaneous Biopsy

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Percutaneous Drainage

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Percutaneous Nephrostomy

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiogram (PTC) and Drainage

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Radiological Inserted Gastrostomy (RIG)

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Sclerotherapy for Vascular Malformations

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Thrombolysis

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Transarterial Chemoembolisation (TACE)

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Transjugular Liver Biopsy

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - Varicocele Embolisation

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BSIR Patient Leaflet - What is Interventional Radiology?