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We are reaching the end of a year full of achievements and success in intercontinental radiology that included active participation and enthusiasm that allowed the exchange of knowledge, cultures and, above all, the desire of keeping alive the essence of our specialty. Agreements, alliances and teaching and research strategies have been renewed through courses and congresses, both in physical as well as in virtual education, which is the symbol of our constant innovation. We made a contribution to education with the books of the Advances series; three new books have been published this year, making nine in just two years.

This is an appropriate date to encourage even more the integration and joint work towards the development of simply spectacular specialty.

The alliances with international organisms and societies such as FLAUS, WFUMB, ISR, RSNA, ECR and OMS strengthen and validate our quality and the effort we make in order to be more informed each day.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to wish all members of the Inter American College of Radiology a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012 together with your relatives.

Doctor Oswaldo Ramos
President of CIR


The board of directors of the Inter American College of Radiology and the editorial committee of Noticir are very pleased and they have good reasons to be so; the historic session CIR@RSNA in Spanish has accomplished the expected success. A massive attendance from every American and Iberian country has answered to CIR’s call and filled the E 350 auditorium of Mc Cormick Center in Chicago.

On behalf of our institution we would like to thank all the assistants and Societies, Federations and Associations of Radiology members of CIR for their support, and we hope that from now onwards, this unknown session is present every year and consolidates throughout time, not only as a pre congress, but also as part of the official program of RSNA.

From our digital newsletter we would like to congratulate doctors Ramos, Pablo Ros, Miguel Stoopen (Coordinators), as well as the speakers, professors doctor Juan Spina from Argentina, Rafael Rojas from Mexico, Miguel Ángel Pinochet from Chile, José Luis Criales-Cortes from Mexico, Adilson Prando from Brazil, Jose Mart-Bonmatti from Spain, Pedro Unshelm from Venezuela and Jorge Soto from Colombia. Finally, we must also thank the president of RSNA, Doctor George Bisset, who believed in our proposal and opened us the doors so that this event became real.


Doctor Pedro Unshelm
Editor of NOTiCIR

Doctor Pedro Unshelm, Doctor Oswaldo Ramos,
Doctor José Luis Criales and Doctor Juan Spina.
Doctor Rafael Rojas, Doctor Pedro Unshelm, Doctor Luis Marti Bonmmati, Doctor Pablo Ros, Doctor Oswaldo Ramos, Doctor Miguel Stoopen,
Doctor Adilson Brando, Doctor Juan Spina and Doctor Jorge Soto.


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Eighth Book of the ADVANCES Series

Retroperitoneum and Pancreas
Official Publication of the Interamerican College of Radiology

Advances in Diagnostic Imaging - CIR
Updating of the main topics of each specialty within Radiology

Editors Doctor Miguel Stoopen
  Doctor Ricardo García Mónaco
Guest Editors Doctor Luis Ros
Doctor Pablo Ros

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GO RAD is a new global outreach program developed by the International Society of Radiology. Its purpose is to achieve advanced radiology education throughout a global radiology community by adding current and practical radiology literature with content that is targeted and addressed to the developing nations and populations with scarce resources.

We hope that you make the most of this program in order to improve everybody’s health and well-being.

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The History Corner


Sir William Crookes was an English chemist (London 1832 – 1919). He was one of the most important scientists of the 19th century. He invented the tube that carries his name for the study of the properties of cathode rays. This tube for the discharge of cathode rays was part of all experimental laboratories of the time and allowed the discovery of the electron and the photoelectric effect.

He studied at the Royal College of Chemistry in London. In 1854 he entered the Oxford observatory as an assistant and a year later he won the chair of Chemistry at Chester University. A substantial inheritance allowed him to set up his own research laboratory in London and to found and edit the influential magazine Chemical News, between 1859 and 1906. He was the editor of Quarterly Journal for Science and was named “Sir” in 1910, receiving the Merit Order.

He discovered the metallic element Thallium (1861), he developed an amalgamation process for separating gold and silver from their ores; he dealt with several matters related to applied Chemistry: treatment of sewage, chemical fertilizers and manufacture of beet sugar. However, his studies on electric conductivity in gasses stand out from all the rest, and led him to design the tube that carries his name for the study of cathode rays.

This tube is a glass cone with one anode and two cathodes. It was more than an invention; it was an innovation, or a more advanced version of the Geissler tube. A series of gasses circulated in this empty tube and they produced the fluorescence phenomenon once they were given an electric shock. Crookes deduced that said fluorescence was a consequence of cathode rays; he placed a cross-shaped zinc plate between the anode and the cathode in order to create a shadow at the end of the tube, and he showed that cathode rays spread in a straight line and deviate by the action of magnetic fields. From all this, he concluded that they were particles of negative charge; twenty years later, J.J. Thompson could identify them as electrons.
Later it was proven that the application of a high difference of potential between an anode and a cathode in a high-vacuum tube produced X rays.

Besides being a distinguished researcher, he had many scientific concerns that led him to the invention of a number of objects (from chemical dyes to antisepctics; the spinthariscope, which was special for the emission of alpha particles from radioactive elements). He was a staunch defender of what was known at his time as Scientific Spiritualism, the pioneer field of Parapsychology.

Doctor Luis Ros Mendoza
Associated Editor

Awarded members of CIR

Doctor Giovanni
Guido Cerri

Doctor Giovanni Guido Cerri from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was honored by the Societé Française de Radiologie (SFR) as “Honorary Member,” for his well known work in favor of education and development of our specialty, especially as regards Ultrasound.

Doctor Cerri, who is currently Ministry of Health of Sao Paulo, is a very distinguished member of our community. He’s been professor of Radiology since 1966, was former President of the Administration Council of the Cancer Institute, he’s been the Director of the Institute of Radiology of Sao Paulo, Dean of Medical School, and President of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB).

He has also been a prolific academician, author of a great number of articles and books, and he is a member of several societies of radiology, among which we point out the Brazilian College of Radiology.

Through this means, his colleagues of CIR would like to congratulate Doctor Cerri and all our colleagues in Brazil.

Doctor Francisco

From this digital newsletter, we would like to congratulate our dear friend doctor Francisco Arredondo, former President of CIR and of ISR, for being chosen by the new President of Guatemala, doctor Otto Pérez Molina, to become part of his cabinet as Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance as of January 2012.

We are sure that doctor Arredondo will assume this new challenge with the enthusiasm and professionalism that have always been his trade mark qualities. Our brothers from Guatemala can be sure that they will count with an honest officer that will work hard towards the improvement of health in his country.

All of us, Latin American radiologists, and the whole family of CIR, are proud of this appointment! The best of lucks, Francis!

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