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About the Meeting

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is rapidly emerging as a major focal point in interventional radiology (IR) practice; ACTiVE is specifically designed to address the IR’s need for a state-of-the-art, data-driven approach to VTE. Over the course of two days, the management of pulmonary embolism (PE), deep venous thrombosis (DVT), and IVC filters will be covered through a combination of didactic lectures, expert case-based panel discussions, and workshops. Participants will benefit from interactive “How-I-Do-It” sessions and hands-on opportunities with technologies critical to successfully managing patients with PE, DVT, and difficult to retrieve IVC filters. Furthermore, all didactic lectures will be offered with SA-CME credit. 

                                    Registration Rates                     


Early RegistrationRate

Regular Registration Rate

SIR Member  $895  $1,095
SIR Resident or Fellow-in-Training  $395  $595
Non-Member  $1,795  $1,995

Program Committee

Kush R. Desai, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, Ill.

Robert J. Lewandowski, MD, FSIR
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, Ill.

Robert K.W. Ryu, MD, FSIR
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, Colo.

Faculty on Their Sessions From 2017:

John Kaufman, MD, MS, FSIR, a past-president of SIR and director of the Charles T. Dotter Department of Interventional Radiology at Oregon Health & Science University, describes his ACTiVE session: “IVC Filters: current Indications for placement and retrieval”

Using analysis of current literature as a basis, the session will provoke critical assessment by attendees of indications for IVC filter placement, retrieval, and retention. Attendees should be able to compare the FDA approved indications and societal guidelines in relation to current IVC filter utilization; to review the societal recommendations for indications for IVC filter removal; and to describe clinical scenarios when filter retention is warranted.

Friday, Oct. 6—IVUS applications in obstructive venous disease

Intravascular ultrasound is a promising and rapidly evolving technique that can help treat patients that suffer from chronic venous disease as a result of the abnormal flow that occurs because of an underlying blockage. These patients often suffer from symptoms that include heavy legs, swelling of the legs or skin discoloration and damage. Learn from Dr. Spencer how this modality, that provides high-quality images of the vessel’s wall and lumen, might fit into the treatment of obstructive venous disease in your practice. 

 - Elizabeth Brooke Spencer, MD, FSIR

Thursday, Oct. 5—Technical approaches to PE thrombolysis

The interest in catheter-directed therapy has fueled the creation of novel thrombus extraction devices that have the potential to remove thrombus with less or no thrombolytic drug administration. Are these devices the wave of the future? Dr. Sista will describe the opportunities and challenges for these devices as they strive to treat severe PE.

Akhilesh Sista, MD, FSIR

Additional Course Information

Accreditation and CME

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.

The Society of Interventional Radiology designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program will be approved for self-assessment CME credits (SA-CME) by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). SIR is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The live SA-CME sessions offered at this live meeting, meet the ABR’s criteria for a self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

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Cancellation policy

Due to high demand and the limited number of possible attendees for this course, SIR must adhere to a strict registration cancellation policy. Cancellations received in writing by September 15, 2017, will be refunded less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after September 15, 2017. Refunds or credits will not be given for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events or early departure. Hotel reservations, cancellations and/or changes must be made directly with the hotel. All refunds must be submitted in writing to:

Society of Interventional Radiology
Attention: Education Department
3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 400 North
Fairfax, VA 22033