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On 9 to 11 May of the coming year, the “First Course of Rediology Updates of CIR” will take place in Cancun, Mexico.

This course, entirely organized by the CIR, has as its main objective to deliver education of excellence to the Iberian American radiological community. The scientific program will be conducted in four simultaneous exhibitions and will include the participation of prominent radiologists members of the CIR that will cover the areas of abdominal, thoracic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, breast, and thyroid images. We also invited the following Radiological Societies to take part in this project, which accepted our invitations as a gesture of their support and collaboration, and will play an active part in the scientific program:

  • American Institute of Radiological Pathology - AIRP
  • International Skeletal Society - ISS
  • European Society of Breast Imaging - EUSOBI
  • European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology-ESGAR
  • Breast images Iberoamerican - SIBIM society
  • Society of Thoracic Radiology - STR
The course is also an opportunity for CIR radiologists to get together, an occasion to share and feel we are part of a community that embraces us and represents us. Similarly, it will allow us to relate with the radiologic industry; those in the Comercial Exhibition will show us the latest advances and the new techonological trends.

Finally, this event will launch a platform of the College to carry out scientific events, both assuming their logistical aspects and their scientific aspects, with our own quality standards. This will make our organization stronger and will allow us to carry out other courses in the future, as our peer societies do.
I invite you to schedule the date, 9 to 11 May 2013, and to be ready to take part in this First Course of Radiology Updates of the CIR, which will become a milstone in our history. Your commitment and participation is essential for its success.

For updated information on the course, please click here.

Doctor Gloria Soto
President of CIR

To the big family of the CIR

When I assumed the responsibility of being the Editor of the NOTiCIR, a big committment was facing me, since I had to continue with the work doctor Miguel Stoopen had been doing, who had founded and directed it for seven years.

I have the wonderful task of preparing 24 issues of this prestigeous newsletter during two years (2011 and 2012) working in close collaboration with doctors Miguel Stoopen , Jorge Bisteni and Luis Ros, as well as with my colleagues of the College’s Executive Board, specially doctor Oswaldo Ramos, with whom we kept our own editorial line in an informative virtual channel that has near 15,000 readers and whose main axis has always been education, integration, transparency and diversity of informations; we have also given the chance to all associations, societies and federations that are part of our institution to participate in an active and dynamic way.

For me it has been a wonderful and enriching experience and we believe we have accomplished the goals we set for ourselves.

From now on, we “pass the baton” to our dear friend, doctor Alejandro Beresñak, who has been appointed by doctor Gloria Soto as the new editor of this digital newsletter. We are confident that Alejandro will do an extraodinary job since he has vast experience in the area. He should know that he has our whole support and cooperation in order keep the reputation we have earned throughout all these years.

A big hug to all of the readers of this great family of CIR. Many thanks to all those who trusted me to direct NotiCir. We’ll keep in touch.

Doctor Pedro Unshelm

1st Course of Radiology Update Cancun 2013 - CIR


To offer the Iberian American community of radiologists a high quality course on updates and advances in imaging diagnostics in differente areas of the specialty.

To gather radiologists of CIR in an environment of academic excellence, comradeship and fraternity.

To strengthen friendship and collaboration bonds between the CIR and the guest scientific societies.

To launch a platform of the CIR in that will allow to organize and carry out scientific events.

9 to 11 May, 2013
Place: Cancun, Mexico.

Tenth Book of the Advances Series.

Official Publication of the Inter American College of Radiology

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

Editors Doctor Miguel Stoopen
  Doctor Ricardo Garcia Mónaco
Guest Editors Doctor Enrique Palacios
Doctor Bernardo Boleaga

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CIR Session in Spanish during the French Congress of Radiology

From left to right:
Cristina Chacón, María de la Luz Parra, Philippe Devred, Miguel Stoopen and José Luis Criales
On Saturday 20 October a joint session was held between the Inter American College of Radiology (CIR) and the Societé Française de Radiologie (SFR) during the Annual Sessions of the latter in Paris.

The president of the CIR, doctor Oswaldo Ramos Nuñez, accepted with great interest the SFR's official request and commissioned for its organization doctors Luis Donoso Bach, Ricardo García Mónaco and Miguel Stoopen Romettti, who are members of both societies and prepared a program under the topic "Abdominal Emrgencies" that was approved by both groups. Dissertations were in charge of doctors José Luis Criales Cortés (Mexico), María de la Luz Parra (Spain), Philippe Devred (France) and Cristina Chacón (Argentina), who discussed topics such as acute abdomen, urologic emergencias, abdominal traumatisms and gynaecological emergencies.

A rich attendance filled the room, showing everybody's interest and desire to continue with this event in the future. For the CIR it has a special meaning, since it takes Hispanic Latin American radiology to this congress, which is the biggest in Europe (more than 18,000 attendants) and grants our group one more occasion to extend our bonds and to discover new educational opportunities for our members.

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The history corner


César Comas LLaberia (Barcelona, 1874-1956) was a Spanish physician who was considered the indtroducer of radiology in Spain.

In December 1895, when Roentgen reported his revolutionary discovery, César Comas was taking the last course of Medicine and, at the same time, he was the unversity’s photographer; when he learned of Roentgen’s discovery, he wanted to proove the photographic action of X-rays.

The Physics professor, D. Tomás Escriche allowed him to borrow a Crooks tube from the Physics Office collection, and the Chemical Analysis professor D. José Casares allowed him to use said tube with the induction coil available in the laboratory of the Pharmacy School.

On 2 February 1896 he carried out his first experiments in the laboratory of pharmacy, he tried to expose a radiographic plate on which he placed a wooden box that contained little tin weights; this was considered the first radiographic image made in Spain and, despite its imperfections, the one that marked the beginning of the radiologic technique in that country. Afterwards, by expressed desire of the Dean, experiments like that one were conducted in the School of Medicine, and Comas obtained sveral X-rays from bone structures of thin anatomic parts, which are considered the first images of diagnostic nature obtained in our country.

Comas unveils the results of his experiences on 24 February 1896 at the Academy of Sciences and Arts, in what became the first session of X-rays carried out in Spain.

When Dr. Comas ended his course of studies, he opened an Office of Roentgenology in April 1898 together with his cousin, doctor Agustín Prió Llaberia; its facilities were always available for hospitals, which by that time did not have the proper radiology equipment. After that, all radiographic work was signed by the two cousins Comas and Prió.

Comas followed the progress of the emerging specialty enthusiastically: he attended the Paris Exposition in 1900. He and his cousin were the only two Spaniards who participated in the Roentgen Congress in Dublin in 1905, commemorating the decade of discovery. At the Congress of Electrology and Medical Radiology of Barcelona in 1910 he left photographic evidence of different operations sessions with X-rays. Along with doctor Prio he collaborated in numerous publications on the usefulness of the Roentgen rays for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Aware of the possible harmful effects of X-rays, the two partners agreed that Dr. Comas always use the same hand, the left, for manipulations behind the fluoroscopic screen, while doctor Prió would use the right. Throughout the years doctor Prió developed an epithelioma in his right hand, resulting in the amputation of his arm and death in 1929. Dr. Comas suffered similar ailments in the left hand, in 1935 his arm was amputated and the following year he was practiced an axillary extirpation. He died in 1956 at the age of 82.

Doctor Luis Ros
Co-Editor of NOTiCIR

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