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Guidelines for Radiologic Protection

In present times it is necessary to give an adequate use to explorations of diagnostic imaging. The application of this method has increased and the range of technological options is wider. Therefore, these options must be indicated with valid criteria in the diagnosis and in the patient follow up with a scientific ground; this provides and guarantees safety.

In order to do this, reference guidelines, algorithms and criteria for the correct use of radiology in clinical practice have been developed. The World Health Organization and the International Radiology Quality Network together with international organizations, which include CIR) have established a reference guide for radiological safety. We, therefore, invite all the societies and members who practice the correct radiologic protection for the community’s wellbeing, to promote the guides established for such purpose. We should work as a team, knowing that we count with the support of the main international organizations.

You can contact us if you wish to receive the material and contacts to avoid unnecessary radiation for our community’s best interest.

Dr. Oswaldo Ramos.
President of CIR

7th Book of the Advances Series


Editors Dr. Miguel Stoopen
  Dr. Ricardo García Mónaco
Guest Editors Dra. Véronique Barois
Dr. Antonio Talegón Meléndez

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Author Luis Felipe Colmenter
Country Venezuela
Publishing house AMOLCA

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Special Session CIR@RSNA IN SPANISH (Chicago)

CIR Session during RSNA 2011

Program “in Spanish”
Saturday, November 26th 2011,
from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Oncologic imaging

A group of specialized radiologists from several Latin American countries and Spain will present the advances in the diagnosis of the most relevant neoplasias.

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We invite all NOTiCIR readers to visit, from this site, the monthly bulletin RSNA News, which was made available for us by the Radiological Society of North America.

You will be able to access the last issue of the bulletin as well as the index with the previous issues in html and PDF format.



GO RAD is a new global outreach program developed by the International Society of Radiology. Its purpose is to achieve advance radiology education throughout a global radiology community by adding current, 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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Jean A. Sicard was an important French neurologist who was born in Marseille (1872 – 1929). Together with Jacques Forestier, a French internist who was considered a pioneer in Rheumatology (1890 – 1978), he introduced Lipidol as a contrast agent in Radiology.

Sicard studied medicine in Marseille and in Paris and he obtained his degree in 1899. He was also appointed Chief of Service of Necker Hospital in 1910. Forestier studied in Paris and he practiced in Cochin Hospital. He was the founder of the French Society of Rheumatology in 1928.

Lipidol is an iodized oil that is obtained from poppy seeds. This product was used as a positive contrast agent for myelographies. Sicard and Forestier described this use in 1921 in their article “Méthode radiographique d’exploration de la cavité épidurale par la Lipiodol” (Radiographic method of examination of the epidural cavity for Lipidol).

Forestier had observed that when Lipidol was administrated intramuscularly, the injection area became radiopaque. He came to the conclusion that this phenomenon could be useful for diagnostic purposes. Guided by his teacher, Jean Sicard, he proved that this compound acted as an excellent radiologic contrast agent when it was administrated through the spinal cavity.

This procedure provided a better contrast and a simpler interpretation than the myelography with air (which had been recently described) to show spinal tumors. For this reason, this procedure was welcomed with great interest. But soon it was proved that it was related to meningeal irritation. Furthermore, the viscosity of Lipidol could cause false refilling defects and it was difficult to eliminate. For this reason, its used was interrupted in the 1930s.

Sicard and Forestier were also pioneers in the use of Lipidol in the radiologic study of the tracheobronchial tree and they published their first experiences in 1924.

Sicard is ascribed the discovery of the sclerotic method for the treatment of varices by injecting sodium salicylate, as well as the development of pneumoencephalography. Forestier is remembered for the introduction of gold salts in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and for is descriptions of rheumatic polymalgya and of diffuse idiopathic hyperostosis.

Dr Luis Ros Mendoza
Associated Editor

Our scholarship holders give their opinion

Dear colleagues and residents of the postgraduate course:

For many years CIR has offered the possibility of getting scholarships to attend congresses. In March 2011 I attended the ECR with another group of young radiologists from the region.

The European Society of Radiology has been increasingly growing and this is shown by the high number of people from several countries that attended the congress. CIR scholarships usually include the registration only. In the case of the ECR scholarships, they include accommodation, public transport and breakfast.

The congress promoted the globalization of information with a varied scientific program of excellent quality. There were refreshment courses and hands-on workshops (I particularly, took this opportunity to attend the ultrasound muscoeskeletik sessions with Dr. Martinoli from Italy, but there were many other experts).

This year there were special sessions of ESR meets Iran, France and Brazil. RSNA was also present and delivered conferences and we could even enjoy musical breaks.

I invite you to apply for the scholarships in the Mexico office: cir.admin@servimed.com.mx.

I congratulate the past board of directors CIR on these ideas and the current board of directors of CIR on keeping them and I hope that new options keep coming up for everyone.

Dr. Nicolás Maza Tousaint

Visiting Professor Program


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They are addressed to CIR members who belong to other countries and who do not live in the country hosting the event.
Requests should be sent to the CIR administration office.

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We look forward to your active participation, since all opinions or suggestions are welcomed.

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International courtesy registrations

They are granted by the society in charge of the organization. They are addressed to CIR members who belong to other countries and who do not live in the country hosting the event. Requests should be sent to the CIR administration office.