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Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE)

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PAE is a challenging novel procedure with a steep learning curve  requiring highly developed microcatheter and microwire skills, as well as knowledge of the highly variant anatomy to avoid potentially adverse outcomes.

Training options are currently limited and based on presentations and live cases, offering no hands-on experience. With a sizeable proportion of men suffering from clinically significant BPH, hospitals and teaching facilities need to examine their training capabilities for this demanding procedure.

Mentices PAE software offers experienced interventional radiologists (IRs) the ability to train through hands-on simulated training. With fully guided cases offering hints, tips and tricks from leading experts, IRs can complement their training through simulation  helping to build the confidence level needed to perform the procedure safely on actual patients.

Based on real patient anatomies all training material has been derived from actual case data and histories and designed in collaboration with two of the worlds leading physicians in the field: Dr. Marc Sapoval and Dr. Shivank Bhatia.

Mentices PAE software is the worlds first simulation software and is already being used by hospitals, societies and medical device companies worldwide.

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Features & Benefits
  • Key Benefits

    • Offers hands-on training
    •  Reduces the learning curve for experienced IRs
    •  Fully guided cases with hints, tips and tricks
    •  Learn about the wide angiographic variations of the internal iliac artery
    •  World’s first PAE simulation software
    •  Train to avoid non-target embolization and manage collateral vasculature
  • Features & Functionalities

    • Highly detailed anatomies derived from real patient cases
    •  Self-learning through fully guided cases
    •  Guide to identify the prostatic artery
    •  Angiographic anatomy labeling
    •  Enhanced learning through 3D anatomy representation and color coding
    •  Visual cues for optimal microcatheter positioning
    •  Ability to perform cone beam computed tomography
    •  Visualization of non-target embolization
    •  Visual guide for optimal coil position to avoid non-target embolization
    •  Ability to perform PErFecTED technique
    •  Detailed metric report for learning review
    •  Live dose readings and visualizations to manage radiation exposure
    •  Ability to use real clinical devices
    •  Coiling of branches to avoid non-target embolization
  • Training Objectives

    • Angiographic assessment of the male pelvic vasculature
    •  Identify the prostatic artery
    •  Demonstrate catheterization skills to navigate the branches of the internal iliac artery
    •  Recognize and manage potential non-target embolization
    •  Perform a safe and efficient embolization technique— standard and PErFecTED
    •  Ability to manage dose exposure in long and complex procedures
    •  Demonstrate different strategies to catheterize the internal iliac artery
    •  Select appropriate microcatheter and microwire depending on anatomical considerations
    •  Manipulate microcatheter and microwire to access challenging anatomies
    •  Use and interpret cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to exclude non-target embolization
    •  Select and vary appropriate particle size for embolization
    •  Chose appropriate mixture of embolic material with contrast and saline
    •  Recognize and avoid backflow during embolization
  • Case Layout

    12 interactive cases
    • 6 cases are fully guided
    • 6 assessment cases


Dr. Marc Sapoval

Prof. of Clinical Radiology & Head of Vascular & Oncological Interventional Radiology Department

Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou



Training on a simulator...can help you reach a point of confidence much faster than traditional training methods. You will be ready to face difficult situations with proficiency and reliability... There’s no better way for an IR to prepare for the challenging cases that will inevitably occur... How will IRs maintain their PAE skills? How can training centers provide the volume of cases needed to meet demand? The answer in both cases is simulation training. In fact, simulation training is a genuine breakthrough for the breakthrough procedure that is PAE.



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