Society of Anaesthetists in Radiology




Thursday, March 6, 2014

About our society

The Society of Anaesthetists in Radiology (SAR) aims to promote safety and optimize the quality of anaesthesia provided to adults and children undergoing procedures involving radiological imaging.

Radiological imaging, both inside and outside of the operating theatre, has become integral to the diagnosis and management of many medical conditions in the 21st century. The Society’s mission is to provide an education and training resource for anaesthetists, radiologists, radiographers, radiology nurses and others working within this specialist area.

Over the past decade there has been a rapid increase in highly complex therapeutic procedures being performed by a variety of specialists utilizing radiological imaging; these are often performed in clinically unstable patients with significant co-morbidity. Anaesthetists, as a vital member of the clinical team, are uniquely placed to deliver high quality care to these patients. This stems from their experience of caring for patients in most areas of medicine including Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Surgery, ITU, Pain, Obstetrics, Paediatrics and General Medicine.

The Society will provide a forum for consultants, trainees and paramedical staff to discuss new techniques and procedures as well as to share ideas. Through this we intend to bring to the fore and consolidate the existing guidelines of the Royal Colleges and to help implement their recommendations.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Corona Virus Pandemic – Covid-19

On 27th December 2019 the entire world came to the realisation that there is a very infectious novel corona virus infection in Wuhan, China. This was referred to as novel Corona Virus (n-CoV). n-CoV is related to the corona viruses that cause H. Influenza, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which occurred in China between 2003-2004 and  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that occurred in Saudi Arabia in 2012. n-CoV causes highly infectious severe respiratory disease called Covid-19. As at time of writing there has been 4,029,145 Covid-19 cases worldwide and 276,473 dead. The entire world is still grappling to find solution to the corona virus infection. Vaccines are not yet available and infected people continue to die in huge numbers. Concerted efforts must be made by everybody to limit the spread of this corona virus pandemic.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Working in IR during Covid-19 – suggested guideline from Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Hospital

Covid-19 is a novel disease that presents novel challenges to Healthcare delivery globally. The entire world is still battling with understanding the disease, testing and diagnosing the disease and its treatment. Corona virus is highly infectious and many healthcare workers have been infected while many have died from it. Special measures therefore have to be taken by the healthcare worker. These include proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Healthcare workers should be trained on how to use PPE when attending to Covid-19 patient. Below is a suggested guideline from Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Hospital.  We are grateful to the authors  for  allowing  us  to  post  their  guideline on the SAR website. 





Covid 19 and IR


Thursday, June 20, 2019

31st Oct 2019 ASM – Poster Presentation

SAR 2019 – Poster Invitation

SAR 2019 - Poster-page-001


Sunday, March 17, 2019

2019 President’s Message

Dear Members

It has been a year since our last meeting and I hope the new year has started well for all of you.

The Society has welcomed a new Trainee representative, Yohineee …who we hope will contribute to the development of the Society. We thank Dominic Nielsen for his considered contribution over the last 3 years and wish him well.

We have now confirmed the details for our next meeting and expect you to see flyers around soon. Please save the date of Oct 31 2019, Thursday at the the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, as we hope you can join us.


Neurosurgical Management of Movement Disorders. (Deep brain stimulation) 

Speakers: Dr Anjum Misbahuddin – Consultant Neurologist; Mr Ian Low – Consultant Neurosurgeon; Dr Ana Mirallave – Consultant Neurophysiologist and Dr Otu Enwo – Consultant Neuroanaesthetist

Interventional cardiology treatment for Tetralogy of Fallot.

Speakers: Dr Graham Derrick, Paediatric Cardiologist,  Dr Lucy Hepburn, Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthetist

Pro-Con Debate – “Am I getting on your nerves?

This house believes that Interventional Radiologists should perform ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks”

Proposed by: Dr Ian Renfrew   Opposed by: Dr. Tim Egan

We welcome poster presentations and encourage you or your trainees to submit them to us.

The Society has submitted requests for recognition of the anaesthetists contribution to Laboratory procedures to NHS Digital (NHS Finance). We received strong support from the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the British Society of Interventional Radiology(BSIR). While the process is slow, we hope we can chip away at the lack of remuneration for our services as discussed at our last meeting.

Lastly, we have some positions available on the Committee and welcome any expressions of interest.

Best wishes and hope to see you in October

Shane George

President SAR

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Dear Member,

We have updated our privacy policy to ensure that the Society complies fully with its obligations and the rights of our members under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This policy applies to all personal data held by SAR for societal management purposes and also to that held by third-party data processors collecting personal data on the Society’s behalf for the purposes of processing membership fees, organising scientific meetings and on line education. The full policy can be found on our website.

By continuing as a member, using our website and services after this date, you agree to these updated terms. If you would like to request further information, you can do so by contacting us at




This Policy sets out the obligations of the Society of Anaesthetists in Radiology (SAR) regarding retention of personal data collected, held, and processed by the Society in accordance with EU Regulation 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).


The aim of this Policy is to set out limits for the retention of personal data and to ensure that those limits, as well as further data subject rights to erasure, are complied with. By extension, this Policy aims to ensure that the Society complies fully with its obligations and the rights of data subjects under the GDPR.


This Policy applies to all personal data held by the SAR for societal management purposes and by third-party data processors collecting personal data on the Society’s behalf. Personal data is stored in the following ways and in the following locations:

  • Dropbox site accessible by the President and Information Lead.
  • Aesculap Academia on their servers.

Data Subject Rights and Data Integrity

All personal data held by the Society is held in accordance with the requirements of the GDPR and data subjects’ rights thereunder. Data subjects are given control over their personal data held by the Company including the right to have incorrect data rectified, the right to request that their personal data be deleted or otherwise disposed of (notwithstanding the retention periods otherwise set by this Data Retention Policy), the right to restrict the Society’s use of their personal data, the right to data portability, and further rights relating to automated decision making and profiling.

Technical and Organisational Data Security Measures


The following technical measures are in place within the Society to protect the

security of personal data:

  • Personal data may only be transmitted over secure networks;
  • Personal data may not be transmitted over a wireless network if there is a

reasonable wired alternative;

  • Personal data contained in the body of an email, whether sent or received, should be copied from the body of that email and stored securely. The email itself and associated temporary files should be deleted;
  • Where personal data is to be sent by facsimile transmission the recipient should be informed in advance and should be waiting to receive it;
  • Where personal data is to be transferred in hardcopy form, it should be passed directly to the recipient or, where that is not possible, sent using Royal Mail;
  • All personal data transferred physically should be transferred in a suitable container marked “confidential”;
  • No personal data may be shared informally;
  • All hardcopies of personal data, along with any electronic copies stored on physical media should be stored securely;
  • No personal data may be transferred to other parties, whether such parties are working on behalf of the Society or not, without authorisation from Council;
  • Personal data must be handled with care at all times and should not be left unattended or on view;
  • Computers used to view personal data must always be locked before being left unattended;
  • All electronic copies of personal data should be stored securely using passwords and encryption;
  • All passwords used to protect personal data should be changed regularly and must be secure;
  • Under no circumstances should any passwords be written down or shared;
  • All software should be kept up-to-date. Security-related updates should be installed as soon as reasonably possible after becoming available;

The following organisational measures are in place within the Society to protect the security of personal data:

  • All Council members and other parties working on behalf of the Society shall be made fully aware of both their individual responsibilities and the Society’s responsibilities under the GDPR and under the Society’s Data Protection Policy;
  • Only Council members and other parties working on behalf of the Society that need access to, and use of, personal data in order to perform their work shall have access to personal data held by the Society;
  • All Council members and other parties working on behalf of the Society handling personal data will be appropriately trained to do so or appropriately supervised;
  • All Council members and other parties working on behalf of the Society handling personal data should exercise care and caution when discussing any work relating to personal data at all times;
  • Methods of collecting, holding, and processing personal data shall be regularly evaluated and reviewed;
  • The performance of those working on behalf of the Society handling personal data shall be regularly evaluated and reviewed;
  • All agents, contractors, or other parties working on behalf of the Society handling personal data must ensure that any and all relevant employees are held to the same conditions as those of the Society arising out of the GDPR and the Society’s Data Protection Policy;
  • Where any agent, contractor or other party working on behalf of the Society handling personal data fails in their obligations under the GDPR and/or the Society’s Data Protection Policy, that party shall indemnify and hold harmless the Company against any costs, liability.



Data Disposal

Upon expiry of the data retention periods set out below or when a data subject exercises their right to have their personal data erased, personal data shall be deleted, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of.

Data Retention

As stated above, and as required by law, the Society shall not retain any personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the purpose for which that data is collected, held, and processed. Different types of personal data, used for different purposes, will necessarily be retained for different periods (and its retention periodically reviewed), as set out below. When establishing and/or reviewing retention periods, the following shall be taken into account:

  • The objectives and requirements of the Society;
  • The type of personal data in question;
  • The purpose for which the data in question is collected, held, and processed;
  • The category or categories of data subject to whom the data relates.

If a precise retention period cannot be fixed for a particular type of data, criteria shall be established by which the retention of the data will be determined, thereby ensuring that the data in question, and the retention of that data, can be regularly reviewed against those criteria. Notwithstanding the following defined retention periods, certain personal data may be deleted or otherwise disposed of prior to the expiry of its defined retention period where a decision is made within the Society to do so (whether in response to a request by a data subject or otherwise). In limited circumstances, it may also be necessary to retain personal data for longer periods where such retention is for archiving purposes that are in the public interest, for scientific or historical research purposes, or for statistical purposes. All such retention will be subject to the implementation of appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the rights and freedoms of data subjects, as required by the GDPR.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

6th SAR ASM March 2018 Presentation Document

SAR ASM 2018 – Stroke