Paediatric IR confers “extraordinary benefits and huge rewards” but few are in the know

Alex Barnacle (London, UK), a passionate advocate of paediatric interventional radiology (IR), outlines the enormous rewards and extraordinary benefits associated with this field. However, paediatric IR often fails to finds a forum and awareness remains low, even among IR trainees, who are often not exposed to what this field can achieve in children, she notes.

Some IRs may find it intimidating to go from doing a complex EVAR or trauma case in an adult patient to operating on a one-month old baby, states Barnacle, all the while acknowledging that she would be more likely to see it “the other way around”. Yet, in the most complex cases, if successful, paediatric IR can help a young infant gain another 70 or 80 years of life—and working in this field is an “extraordinary privilege”, she reveals.

Alex Barnacle was speaking to BLearning IR at CIRSE 2019 (Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe; 7–11 September; Barcelona, Spain)

Barnacle, Alex

Alex Barnacle is a Consultant Paediatric Interventional Radiologist and has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) since 2003.

Dr Barnacle undertook her undergraduate medical training at the University of Southampton. After a variety of specialist posts in paediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care and paediatric surgery on the south coast and in London, she completed training in radiology at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals in London. This included an 18 month fellowship in paediatric radiology and interventional radiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, followed by a 12-month fellowship in paediatric radiology at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

She is a member of the Society of Pediatric Interventional Radiology (SPIR); International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA); British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR); Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE) and the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR).

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