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Editor: Dr. Pedro Unshelm Coeditors: Dr. Jorge Bisteni, Dr. Luis Ros Founding Editor: Dr. Miguel Stoopen


I welcome these two years of the Inter American College of Radiology (CIR) full of hope. It’s a rational hope, though, which has its foundations in the program we have designed for this period and we believe that we can carry it out with your help. This program, which most of you already know, has as its main purpose to finally access the promising future that our specialty has, for that future is already with us: it’s not about a dream or a utopia. It’s a verifiable reality. This outlook implies the definite beginning of the digital era, a step forward in scientific and technological importance among medical specialties, and the deepening of bonds with the different sectors of society in our member countries, particularly among the several national organizations of CIR. We seek to strengthen those organizations which, for whatever reason, are not able to grow and consolidate in this future. This is possible, and that’s why I speak about rational hope, because CIR is formed by all Ibero-American countries and the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, Spain and Portugal. This is a vast territory with great possibilities. It is also possible because CIR has a long career in which it acquired interesting experiences and knowledge of unquestionable strength. Besides, the advance in the communication systems of our time, which globalize the whole population, leads to a broader education, with information technology as the main source of resources which came to be virtual radiology and telematics. Our main purpose is to train self confident radiologists expert on all branches of the specialty, who update constantly and who dedicate themselves to investigation and academic knowledge.

Dr. Oswaldo Ramos.
President of CIR

Editor’s Letter

Change of post office

In July 2004, after I took on the Presidency of CIR in Montreal, I offered “to favor bidirectional communication during the period I held my position. By bidirectional communication I mean from the Board of Directors to societies and their members and also from you to the Board of Directors (NotiCIR Vol. 1, Number 1, September 2004).”

From the very beginning we decided that NotiCIR were a brief and dynamic document, whose reading would take no more than two or three minutes and which would be delivered personally, each month, by e-mail. The idea was also that it could be published in bulletins and web sites of affiliate societies and by those societies which are interested in the news of our corporation. The last issue in November 2010 closed Volume 7. From September 2004 to the present days, sixty-three issues have been published, which are already part of our modern history. Its circulation, at first modest, has grown steadily and today it covers almost 13,000 deliveries per month by e-mail. The list of readers is even bigger because it includes those people who use NotiCIR as a source of information in a dozen of web pages of affiliate countries and in some international web pages as well.

Originally, NotiCIR was published only in Spanish. However, today it is translated into the two other official languages of CIR: English and Portuguese. This was possible thanks to the support of a huge team of collaborators: the administrator of CIR, the Tercer Término Team, the members of three successive boards and our co editor are the main responsible and the ones I have to thank the most.

To make this success steady, it is necessary to renew ourselves and this idea has encouraged us to plan a change of post office. Since a year we have been preparing it together with the new board of directors. Today it is a great joy that Dr Pedro Unshelm, our new young secretary, is the person who will continue with the edition of NotiCIR because I am sure he will lead it to higher stages. Our new editor and the board of Directors of CIR will still have my support and collaboration with this small newsletter that reflects the life and the work of our corporation.

Dr. Miguel Stoopen

New Editor’s Message

Dear radiologists and friends of Ibero-America,

With enthusiasm and commitment I take on the responsibility of conducting NotiCIR, which was founded and led for 7 years by Dr. Miguel Stoopen.

I would like to extend this sense of commitment to all member countries of Intercontinental Radiology, which is the reason why this organ exists, considering that the tendency of CIR points to the active and dynamic participation and to the permanent creation of immediate information.

You should know that this newsletter will continue to be the reliable virtual means for the spreading of interesting information provided by our countries. For that purpose I will count on all of you and Co editors Dr. Jorge Bisteni and Dr Luis Ros, and Dr Miguel Stoopen, founder editor. We will also have the unlimited support of the Board of Directors of CIR.

Dr. Pedro Unshelm

Annual Assembly in Chicago

On November 29, and in the framework of RSNA 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, it will be held the annual ordinary assembly of CIR. The most outstanding points are:
  • Dr Oswaldo Ramos’ welcome. The President of CIR will present his work plan for the next two years, in which he highlights education as its strategic axis.
  • Budget approval for the coming year.
  • Designation of visiting professors for 2011
  • Notification of the current state of CIR Congress 2012 by the delegation of El Salvador
  • Unanimous approval of the assembly on the issue that, from now onwards, the sole legitimate representative before CIR for Ecuador will be the Federación Ecuatoriana de Sociedades de Radiología (FESR).
  • Introduction of NotiCIR’s new editor
  • Finally, Dr Ramos presented the hymn and the flag as symbols of CIR in order to promote a sense of belonging.
  • Fraternity lunch.

CIR-ACR Meeting

The Board of Directors of CIR together with Dr Rayda Hernández and Dr Francisco Arredondo, met the members of the American College of Radiology Drs John Patty, Paul Ellenbogen, Vickie Gianotty and Pam Wilcox during the RSNA 2010. The following are the outstanding points of said meeting:
  • Presentation of the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology with the aim of providing information on training courses promoted by CIR Standardization of the residencies programs and IT activities
  • Promotion of the radiologic protection campaign, specially in the area of Pediatrics
  • Translation of all the programs of radiologic protection and education into Spanish and Portuguese so that they are distributed in all member countries of CIR
  • Exam on radiology residencies in order to assess their level and effectiveness in the member countries of CIR
  • Mutual cooperation between CIR and ACR.

CIR Session in the RSNA

The First Session of “RSNA Meets Latin America” held in Chicago on November 30, 2010 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 am was a big success. Without any doubts, it was an unequaled meeting presided by Dr Hedvig Hricak (president of RSNA) and coordinated by Dr Ricardo García Mónaco, in which important issues about Radiology in Latin America were discussed. Important and well known Latin American radiologists like Miguel Stoopen, Francisco Arredondo, Alfredo Buzzi, Eleonora Horvath, Patricia Carrascosa, Marina Ulla, Francisco Carnevalle, Néstor Kizilevsky and Herwin Speckter participated in this meeting.

Third Residents’ Meeting

This traditional event was organized and carried out by the Department of Electronic Education of CIR
during November 2010.

6th Book of the Advances Series


Editore Dr Miguel Stoopen
 Dr Ricardo García Mónaco
Guest EditorDra Gloria Soto G

Editorial Journals

Honored Members of CIR in Argentina

Honors in the Argentinean Congress of Radiology

During the past Argentinean Congress of Radiology, the following prizes were awarded to distinguished radiologists:

Gold Medal for professional background and performance

Dr carlos R. Giménez
Dr. Ricardo garcía Mónaco

Foreign Honorary Member

Dr Jorge Herrera Cantillo

ESR Scholarships

Dr Carlos Tarzián, member of the Board of Directors, is glad to inform NotiCIR readers that the scholarships given by the European Society of Radiology previously announced by CIR, have been awarded to the following people in several Latin American countries:

Alejandra Pizarro
Nicolas Maza
Lesly Solís Alfonso
Gretel Santana R.
Cecilia Besa
Lerida Barreiro
Keyla Aguilar
Giancarlo Schiappacasse
David Clemo
Christian Escalona Huerta
Liz Caballero
Leonardo Amaral
Ricardo Barros
Diego Pineda


We invite all the NOT i CIR readers to see directly from this space the monthly informative newsletter: RSNA News which the Radiological Society of North America has kindly offered us.

You will be able to access the most recent issue of the newsletter, as well as the index for previous issues both in the website (html) and PDF file.



Our readers will be pleased to know that in this 20th anniversary, the Radiological Society of North America has redesigned
its logo as well as the bulletin.
NOTi CIR, which, each month, has the privilege of including a LINK for questions for CIR members, congratulates RSNA News on this anniversary!


GO RAD is a new global outreach program developed by the International Society of Radiology. The purpose is to reach out to and advance radiology education throughout a global radiology community by aggregating current, practical, radiology literature with content targeted and dedicated to developing nations and underserved populations.

As the world of scholarship and education shrinks by virtue of the electronic tools available, it is appropriate for the international leadership in radiology to look to current and future global needs.

Most major radiology journals publish online and offer educational content of tremendous value to radiologists and other related healthcare providers, but open and easy access to just published content is only available to subscribers.

Through agreements with these cooperating major radiology journals, the GO RAD platform provides immediate open access to a limited amount of otherwise restricted access content, providing an electronic link back to the original on-line article, at the time of first publication.

We hope that you take full advantage of this program to improve the health and well being of all.

Editor-in-Chief, GO RAD

The History Corner: Sir Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming was a British physician and bacteriologist (Loch field, Scotland, 1881 – London, 1955). Son of humble farmers, he studied medicine at Saint Mary’s Hospital, where he did all his training, and later he became professor in said hospital and director of the “Inoculation Department”.

He was professor of Bacteriology at the University of London and an apprentice of Almroth E. Wright. He soon became interested in bacterial problems. During World War I he became famous due to his studies on harmful effects of the Dakin-Carrel solution.

From 1920 onwards, he dedicated himself to the study of antimicrobial agents. Since then he started focusing on the study of the microbial antagonism, which was already observed by Pasteur, and in 1922 he discovered, together with Allison, the lysozyme: an antibacterial substance found in many of the organic fluids. In 1928 he discovered the penicillin when he proved how his staphylococcus culturing sterilized because a fungus called Penicillium notatum grew accidentally in it. This fungus proved to be a powerful antimicrobial agent which he called penicillin.

He published his results, thus initiating the era of antibiotics, but penicillin was ignored till 1940, when other researchers, like Florey and Chain, gave penicillin the therapeutic application that has today. The use of penicillin brought really good results during World War II.

The chemical structure of this antibiotic substance is relatively simple and there are nowadays several types of penicillin with different structures but with similar characteristics.

In 1944 Fleming was awarded the title of Sir. In 1945 he won the Nobel Prize for Medicine, which was shared with Sir Howard Florey and Doctor E. Chain. He was member of several institutions and he obtained the doctor Honoris Causa degree at the University of Madrid. During his last years he took on the direction of the Wright-Fleming Institute of Microbiology.

This is an example of how coincidence can contribute discoveries capable of changing the course of history within a framework of constant and organized scientific work.

Dr Luis Ros Mendoza
Associated Editor

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