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On Line Campus

The Inter American College of Radiology is currently taking part in each of the events dealing with our specialty that are organized by each of the Member Societies. It was also present in the different electronic formats, such as the recently finished On Line Course on Diagnostic Imaging in Sport Lesions in July 2011. To raise awareness on its impact, I would like to point out the fact that we received a total of 35,000 guestes from 67 countries, mainly from Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil and Dominican Republic. 41% of the guests were new, meaning that the outlook is of constant growth.

We are also glad to aknowledge that the on line courses are currently considered a part of the everyday teaching activity in many Post Graduate courses. The topic chosen was very attractive from an academic point of view. Doctors Francisco Sendra (Spain) and Jorge Picorel (Argentina) were in charge of the selection and coordination of the courses.

On the other hand, I should also highlight the physical participation in the events organized by the CIR. Two very important congresses stand out from all these events: the one held in Santiago de Chile in 2010, with more than 1000 guests, and the presence of 1200 members from several Latin Amreican countries in the RSNA 2010. For the RSNA@CIR 2011 on November 26th and El Salvador CIR in October 2012, we should expect a great number of registrations that show the desire of participation and the importance of constant medical education.

NOTiCIR encourages the creation of courtesy registrations and attendance and exchange scholarships for the events organized by the Member Societies, thus reinforcing the committment to team work in order to earn a privileged position within the medical practice.

Either virtually or physically, we are definitely growing and consolidating the "College we all long for".

We invite you to take part in the activities promoted or sponsored by the CIR.

Doctor Oswaldo Ramos.
President of CIR.


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.

“You can’t miss it!”

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See you in Nicaragua!

The historical city of Managua will be the venue for the 28th CENTRAL AMERICAN CONGRESS OF RADIOLOGY that will be held together with the 12th NICARAGUAN CONGRESS OF RADIOLOGY, IN MEMORY OF "DOCTOR MARVIN GUTIÉRREZ".

The event will gather all the countries belonging to the CENTRAL AMERICAN FEDERATION OF RADIOLOGY and, in this occasion, it will be organized by the Nicaraguan Association of Radiology and Imaging (ANRI) and soposored by the CIR. It shall be held from 7th to 10th September 2011 at the premises of the Intercontinental Metrocentro Hotel and it will allow the encounter of a great number of Radiologists and Post Graduate residents of Radiology from all over the continent; especially from Central America. Moreover, it will work as an introduction to the upcoming Inter American College of Radiology Congress, which shall take place in October 2012, in Central America as well, specifically in the Republic of El Salvador.

Professors from Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Holland and Nicaragua will be in charge of lecturing on an excellent scientific program that will include a social magazine prepared by the local committee. We are sure that all the members of the committee will be great hosts since, thanks to their dedication and organization, they will make of this Congress and ideal scenario to share a warm atmosphere of comradeship and friendship among Iberian-American radiologists.

See you in Nicaragua!

Doctor Pedro Unshelm
NOTiCIR Editor

Former Cathedral of Managua
Rubén Darío Nationa Theater

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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The History Corner


Sir Godfrey Hounsfield was an English electronic engineer (Newark, 1919 - Kingston upon Thames, 2004) who shared the Nobel Prize of Medicine with Allan Comrack in 1979 due to his participation in the development of the diagnostic technique known as Computerized Axial Tomography or CAT Scan.

After studying Electronics and getting familiarized with the radar principles as a member of the Royal Airforce during World War II, he completed his training at the Farady House Electrical Engineering College in London.

In 1951 Hounsfield joined the research team of EMI Ltd.. By this time, EMI (Electrical Music Instruments) was a huge industrial complex focused on records, cassettes, films and television, but it never took part in the medical industry. He was the head of the design team in charge of building the first transistor computer in Great Britain, the EMIDEC 1100, by 1959. Afterwards, while he was doing research on the problem to recognize structures, he developed the basic idea of the CAT.

Hounsfield enlarged a computer's capacity so it could interprete the signals from an X-rays source in order to create a bidimensional image of a complex objet, like the human head. He was convinced of the utility of the axial tomography for medical diagnosis so he built a protptype of brain scanner and later a body scanner in EMI. In a short time, computer technology evolved towards such level that it was possible to process the signals from the scanner at the same rate they were obtained and, in 1972, the first clinical tests of the CAT were carried out successfully.

Besides the Nobel Prize, Hounsfield was awarded several prizes and aknowledgements due to this breakthrough. In 1981 he was named Sir.

A curoius fact is that the first CAT prototype designed by Hounsfield belonged to EMI, the same company that commercialized the Beatles discography. It is said that a great deal of the money gained with this band was used in the research project that allowed the discovery of the CAT.

Doctor Luis Ros
Co-Editor, NOTiCIR

Our readers express their opinion

Through this means, I would like to congratulate both the CIR and the FLAUS, since they have recently entered an agreement to help and assist each other as regards the joint development of programs, research and teaching within the Ultrasonography field; especially doctor Oswaldo Ramos, president of the CIR, and doctor Raúl Sánchez, president of the FLAUS. They finally got to make a committment with Sonography, showing that we must build, reinforce and bridge friendship bonds in this solidarity-lacking world.

Congratulations and I wish you the best for this project.

Doctor Luis Fernando Chavarria Estrada
Specialist in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
San José, Costa Rica

Visiting Professor Program

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.

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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.