The Nordic Neurointerventional Radiographers Course was established with the purpose of bringing together radiographers, nurses and technicians, working with neurointerventional radiology in the Nordic region and beyond.
Working as a radiographer within highly specialized clinics requires long training, guided practice, experience and knowledge of many different neurointerventional devices, equipments and auxiliaries. We need to exchange experiences as well as issues with the neurointerventional procedures with each other. We also need to be educated and trained in new endovascular procedures by radiologists and collaborative partners from the medical companies.
The highly specialized work we perform, must be maintained and we hope to invite more European countries to this and future courses. We wish for a larger participation, so that the course can expand.
History and development of the NNIRC
The neurointerventional course history is quite short, but definitely build with hard word, as the role of the interventional radiographer. Our work had developed over the years and therefore we need more education, training and knowledge of the devices.
The development of the role the radiographer had in neurointerventional field, was first described at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm in 1997, at the Nordisk Kurs i Interventionell Neuroradiologi för sjuksköterskor och radiografer/Nordic Course in interventional Neuroradiology for nurses and radiographers, where Margareta Ericson in cooperation with Dr. Pål Svendsen took the leading force from early 1980’s. Among renowned contributors at the course were Dr. Svendsen, Prof. Kai Ericson and Prof. Per Nakstad.
In 2013 the same hospital and department held Nordisk Utbildning for Interventions Sköterskor/Nordic training for interventional nurses. It was organized by radiographers Johanna Doshé and Maggie Östman with Dr. Tommy Anderson and the main focus was Stroke treatment, stenosis, AVMs and flow diverters. Dr. Michael Södermann and Mats Cronqvist also held a couple of sessions.
Then after quite some years Copenhagen held the first NNIRC - Nordic Neurointerventional Radiology Course in 2014. Organized by radiographers Mona Ekman, Kim Bugge Theil and Anne Kinch. They delivered a highly successful course were over 50 participants from Denmark,Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Germany joined the course. It was presented by highly respected speakers such as Prof. Rene Chapot, Dr. Markus Holtmannspötter and Dr. Mats Cronqvist. The course ended with a big enthusiasm for continuing the tradition, passing on the course to a new organizing committee.
In 2016 our neighbour colleagues in Oslo organized NNIRC as a non-profit organisation, for which we are grateful. The highly successful course committee consisting of Mimi Franco, Lisbeth D. Eriksen, John McGowan, Christine Wetzel and Eva C. O. Kristiansen, and took place at the centrally located Thon Hotel Opera.
Precursors of the NNIRC
Nurse/radiographer Margareta Ericson from Karolinska organized:
”Nordisk Kurs i Interventionell Neuroradiologi för sjuksköterskor och radiografer” , Stockholm, October 20-22 1997.
With sessions by:
|Dr. Nicolas Kostulas||Stroke symptoms and diagnosis|
|Dr. Håkon Almquist||Stroke process|
|Dr. Tommy Andersson||Endovascular treatment of stroke|
|Dr. Michael Södermann||Endovascular treatment of stenosis a. carotis interna|
|Dr. Staffen Holmin||Endovascular neurointervention in children|
|Dr. Mats Cronquist||Endovascular treatment of spinal AVM and tumors|
|Dr. Gyula Gal||Flow diverters|
After a number of years the Danish radiographers, Mona Ekman, Kim Bugge Theill and Anne Kinch held the first NNIRC course:
”Nordic Neurointerventional Radiology Course” at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen November 4-6 2014.
With sessions by:
|Dr. Mats Cronquist||Patient information before and after endovascular treatments|
|Prof. Rene Chapot||Recent advances in aneurysm therapy
Endovascular treatment of dural fistulae
|Dr. Vagn Eskesen||Cerebral aneurysms|
|Dr. Klaus Hansen (neurologist)||Role of the neurologist in acute phase thrombosis|
|Dr. Marie Cortsen||Unexpected complications|
|Dr. Markus Holtmannspötter||Endovascular treatment of thrombosis|
|Clin. psych. Carla Caetano||Endovascular treatment of thrombosis
From the perspective of the neuropsychologist
|Kim Escher and Ole Marding |
|Anesthesia in neurointerventional procedures|
|Dr. Mats Cronquist||Endovascular treatment of AVM|
|Dr. John Hauerberg (neurosurgeon)||Neurosurgery of AVM|
|Hanne Waltenburg (physicist)||Radiological protection in endovascular procedures|
The second NNIRC was held in Oslo in 2016. Organized by Mimi Franco, John McGowan and Christine Wetzel.
|Dr. Pål Gunnar Larsson||Basic anatomy and physiology of the brain|
|Dr. Bjørn Tennøe||Anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy in neurointerventional procedures|
|Dr. Eva Astrid Jacobsen||Endovascular treatment of dural AVF/AVM|
|Dr. Vidar Stenset||Surgical treatment of dural AVF/AVM|
|Mr. Jørn Erik Jacobsen||Clinical trails and tribulations - from idea to deployment|
|Dr. Øivind Gjertsen||Interventional disasters|
|Siri Fløgstad Svensson, MSc||Radiation dose in neurointerventional procedures|
|Dr. Svein Harald Mørkve||Surgical vs endovascular treatment of aneurysms|
|Prof. Laurent Pierot||Endovascular treatment of wide-neck aneurysms|
|Dr. Terje Osnes||Juvenile angiofibroma|
|Dr. Christian Georg Lund||Clinical assessment in stroke|
|Dr. Maren Ranhoff Hov||Pre-hospital treatment and transport: Stroke ambulance|
|Dr. Thor Harald Skattør||Radiological assessment in stroke|
|Dr. Bård Nedregaard||Endovascular treatment in stroke|
Who are we now?
Saba Sohail, radiographer
Saba Sohail, radiographer, graduated from University College Lillebælt Odense, Denmark in 2011. Specialized in neurointerventional radiology. Employed at the University Hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, since february 2012.
Mirsada Zornic, radiographer
Mirsada Zornic, radiographer, graduated from University College Lillebælt, Odense, Denmark in january 2012. Employed at the University Hospital Rigshospitalet, since february 2012, in Neuroradiology department. Specialized in neurointervention and in CT.
Malene P. R. Mathisen, radiographer
Malene P. R. Mathisen, radiographer, graduated from the University College Lillebælt Odense, Denmark in 2012, with specializing in radiotherapy.
Since june 2015 specialised in neurointervention at Rigshospitalet, Denmark.