Subcommittee – Imaging Guided Intervention


A minority of musculoskeletal radiologists are for a long time involved and trained in interventional techniques regarding imaging guided biopsy of soft tissue and bone lesions. Lately musculoskeletal radiologists are increasingly requested to perform x-ray, ultrasound, CT or MRI guided interventional techniques for a wide range of indications, not only diagnostic joint and fluid aspirations but also therapeutic injections and procedures.


These interventional techniques have specific indications, require specific training and need particular safety measurements and information to the patient with an adjusted informed consent. Core principles and practical information will be discussed that can be applied to most procedures. Discussion of guidelines and precautions regarding the use of medications, knowledge of the side-effects, possible complications and after care are important. Aspects of intra-articular intervention will be presented, including suggested routes of access for different joints. Discussion of the evidence and scientific merits and drawbacks of therapeutic interventions as well as networking and promotion of scientific research will be included in the subsection activities.

ESSR website

It is the intention to address these specific topics and to strive for and exchange conventions of good practice that will be published on the ESSR website.


The members of the subsection will be asked for authorship of book chapters. Indeed a contract exists with Springer, Berlin-New York to publish a book on interventional techniques in MSK radiology, edited by Marina Obradov and Jan Gielen. Sponsorship for this book is actually discussed in order to appoint a professional designer to produce uniform illustrations.

Educational symposia

The members of the subsection shall support/organize meetings for the additional training and expertise in this field.


The purpose of the subsection can be defined in the acronym: SEEED
Safety, informed consent
Exchange knowledge and procedures
Ethics and good practice
Evidence based
Define the role of the radiologist


MSK radiologists with special focus area and expertise in msk intervention procedures are invited to enroll to the subsection .

Kind regards,
Jan L. Gielen, Antwerp University and University Hospital, Belgium
Marina Obradov, Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Jan Veryser, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium