Standards from Outside Organizations


A primary goal of the Society of Interventional Radiology is ensuring high-quality outcomes and patient safety in vascular and interventional radiology. The clinical practice guidelines of the Society of Interventional Radiology attempt to define practice principles that generally should assist in producing high quality medical care. These guidelines are voluntary and are not rules. A physician may deviate from these guidelines, as necessitated by the individual patient and available resources. These practice guidelines should not be deemed inclusive of all proper methods of care or exclusive of other methods of care that are reasonably directed towards the same result. Other sources of information may be used in conjunction with these principles to produce a process leading to high quality medical care. The ultimate judgment regarding the conduct of any specific procedure or course of management must be made by the physician, who should consider all circumstances relevant to the individual clinical situation. Adherence to the SIR Quality Improvement Program will not assure a successful outcome in every situation. It is prudent to document the rationale for any deviation from the suggested practice guidelines in the department policies and procedure manual or in the patient’s medical record.

1. Guidelines for Peripheral Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty of the Abdominal Aorta and Lower Extremity Vessels: A Statement for Health Professionals From a Special Writing Group of the Councils on Cardiovascular Radiology, Arteriosclerosis, Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Clinical Cardiology, and Epidemiology and Prevention, the American Heart Association
Michael J. Pentecost, Michael H. Criqui, Gerald Dorros, Jerry Goldstone, K. Wayne Johnston, Eric C. Martin, Ernest J. Ring, and James B. Spies
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2003 14: S495-S515.

2. Optimal Resources for the Examination and Endovascular Treatment of the Peripheral and Visceral Vascular Systems: AHA Intercouncil Report on Peripheral and Visceral Angiographic and Interventional Laboratories
John F. Cardella, William J. Casarella, James A. DeWeese, Gerald M. Dorros, Joel E. Gray, Barry T. Katzen, John H. Laragh, David C. Levin, Victoria M. Marx, Edward L. Nickoloff, Michael J. Pentecost, Gary S. Roubin, and Eric C. Martin
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2003 14: S517-S530.

3. Tobacco Cessation Guidelines
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2003 14: S530.

4. Practice Guideline for the Performance of Physiologic Evaluation of Extremity Arteries
Raymond E. Bertino, MD, Clement J. Grassi, MD, Edward I. Bluth, MD, John F. Cardella, MD, Mary Frates, MD, Gretchen A. Gooding, MD, Laurence Needleman, MD, John S. Pellerito, MD, Carol M. Rumack, MD, and David Sacks, MD
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2007; 18:1203–1206.