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"CIR’s flame is blazing"

The 27th Congress of the International Society of Radiology (IRS 2012) was a total success. The congress was held on 3 to 6 May in the Transamérica Expo Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, together with the 42 Radiology Sessions of Sao Paulo (JPR). The event counted with the presence of more than 5000 participants of approximately 100 countries around the world. It is worth mentioning the academic excellence and the global participation of important societies such as the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA), the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the World Federation of Ultrasound, Medicine and Biology (WFUMB), the Latin American Ultrasound Societies (FLAUS), the Asia and Oceania Society of Radiology (AOSR) and the Inter American College of Radiology.

In the Congress context, important bonds of mutual cooperation were established. I should highlight the fact that the CIR and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) came into an agreement in which the ESR will sponsor the whole Virtual Radiology platform during the next year, under a strategic alliance. That is why we invite all CIR member societies to register for free as affiliated members of ESR and receive the benefits of electronic education, scholarships and invitations to the annual congresses in Vienna. We thus reaffirm our purpose of strengthening alliances with important international societies.

A CIR session was also held with the participation of doctors Oswaldo Ramos and Gloria Soto, who lectured on Radiologic Education in Latin America, Education in Virtual Radiology and the Radiology Schools of the CIR.

The academic activities will continue the rest of the year so, my dear friends, remember to include in your schedule the CIR Congress in El Salvador from 18 to 20 October, the RSNA in Spanish on 24 November and pay attention to this year’s virtual sessions.

Finally, we would like to congratulate doctors Miguel Stoopen and Ricardo García Mónaco on the release of the tenth book of the ADVANCES Series. It is a titanic task that both have performed on behalf of Iberian American Radiology.

The topic of this new book is SPINE and the guest editors are Enrique Palacios and Bernardo Boleaga.

CIR’s constant activity continues. The flame is on!

Doctors G. Cerri, (JPR), J. Borgstede (ISR),
H. Ringertz (ISR), J. Thrall (RSNA), N. Gourtsoyiannis (ISR), R. Mendonca (JPR), O. Ramos (CIR),
C. Bartolozzi (ISR) and J. Labuschange (ISR)..
Dr. G. Bisset (RSNA), Dr. P. Daltro (SLARP),
Dr. P. Unshelm (CIR), Dr. J. Rabat (AVUM),
Dra. G. Soto and Dr. O. Ramos (CIR).
Dr.C. Tarzian (CIR), Dr.R. Baaklini (JPR),
Dr. O. Ramos and Dr. P. Unshelm (CIR).
Dr. R. Bataglia (FLAUS), Dr. O. Ramos (CIR),
Dra. E. Chaves (AVUM), Dr. G. Cerri (JPR),
Dr. P. Unshelm (CIR) and Dr.L.Fernandez (WFUMB).

Doctor Oswaldo Ramos
President of CIR

26th Inter American Congress of Radiology.

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The global economic crisis has made it difficult in a great extent the funding of education activities of the CIR. That is why, during the days before the European Congress of Radiology, Vienna 2012, with the consent of the Board of Directors, I offered the European Society of Radiology (ESR) to collaborate between both societies (CIR – ESR), which, thanks to the sponsorship of doctor Lluís Donoso, member of ESR’s Executive Committee, was well accepted by the ESR during the congress in Vienna. Some details were still to be determined, but they were finally agreed upon in a meeting of both boards of directors within the International Congress of Radiology framework held on 3 to 6 May, 2012 in Sao Paulo.

The agreement envisages the affiliation of all countries members of CIR to ESR, as Associated Institutions. Besides, all its individual members will be entitled to access educational content and other services provided by the ESR platform for free, as Correspondent Members.

As from the ECR in Vienna in 2013, the ESR will be in charge of the expenses of CIR’s virtual activities throughout a year.

The agreement is extendable and will be evaluated by both societies.

We should congratulate ourselves on this commitment, which binds both societies and boosts the progress of Radiology on both sides of the Atlantic.

CIR’s and ESR’s Board of Directors during the signing of the agreement in Sao Paulo.

Fermín Saez
Pediatrics Radiology, Cruces University Hospital, Bizkaia, Spain
Treasurer of CIR

Tenth Book of the Advances Series.


Dr. Miguel Stoopen

It was September, 2006, when we came across each other by chance during the Argentinean Congress of Radiology: Miguel Stoopen, outgoing chairman of the Inter American College of Radiology (CIR) and Ricardo García Mónaco, who was preparing to start his position as chairman two months later. Fate wanted this encounter to take place opposite the stand of Journal publisher, and that Mr. Aníbal Ilguinsonis, director of Journal, came out to greet us.

Dr. Ricardo
García Mónaco

Aníbal, as we now call this workmate of ours, proposed the idea of publishing a series of books under the aegis of CIR. The project was very clear to him: the books should deal with advances issues in a monographic format, they should be written by leaders within the Iberian and Latin American countries, they should be no longer than 300 pages in order to be affordable in our environment, and they should aim at updating readers in their own language.

We accepted immediately and convincingly; our only fear was calling the project “a series” due to the latent risk of suffering failure after the release of the first book. But everything was actually in favor of the project: literature in Spanish had and still has a clear demand in our field, there are brilliant imaging specialists and professors in our countries who have become internationally well known through CIR, and who are acknowledged as leaders in our specialty. Radiology is a field were permanent advances take place; advances that deserve to be taught and treated through literature.

When the project was presented before the Assembly of Chicago, the support of the college’s executive board was unanimous. With that we dedicated our time to the preparation of this work, whose technical, editorial and economic bases were defined the following year. The first book dealing with the Liver started to be produced and was finally released at the end of 2008.

In June the tenth issue of the series dealing with the “Spine” has just been released. It was directed by doctors Enrique Palacios and Bernardo Boleaga, and it confirms that the series has been not only a reality, but also a successful project that forces us to narrate some well known facts:

First, we should point out that a great number of distinguished colleagues of our corporation have participated in this work. No doubt, it was the largest collaboration in CIR’s history for a similar purpose.

We should also highlight the work of those who worked hard as Guest Editors. They were responsible of selecting the content and of proposing the authors of each chapter, and they worked with them in order to review, correct and adapt the manuscripts together with the publisher. This was a delicate task that required many hours of their time.

In this first series of books we have worked with thirteen colleagues from America and Spain: doctors Miguel Stoopen (Mexico), José Luis Criales Cortés (Mexico), Rodrigo Restrepo (Colombia) y Carlos R. Giménez (USA), Gloria Soto (Chile), Véronique Barois (Mexico) and Antonio Talegón (Spain), Enrique Palacios Mayorga (USA) in three different books, Román Rostagno and Mariana Castro Barba (Argentina), Pablo R. Ros (USA) and Luis Ros (Spain) and Bernardo Boleaga (Mexico).

We would also want to state our acknowledgement to the 251 authors and co-authors, who in an accurate and selfless way have collaborated and dedicated their time and knowledge to the writing of 131 chapters of unquestionable value for the education of young (and not so young) people who are interested in the advances within the modern imaging field.

Finally, we would like to put on record that our motivation is not waning and currently two new books are going through the editorial process: one of them deals with Oncology (doctor Ricardo García Mónaco) and the other deals with the Digestive Tube (Pablo R. Ros and Luis Ros Mendoza).

To those who participated, we give our deepest acknowledgement, which would not be complete unless we extend it to the whole publishing team of the Argentinean publishing house Journal, particularly Mr. Aníbal Ilguinsonis, who supports this work through his Publications Committee, wishing that these books are useful for the improvement of patient care.

Dr. Miguel Stoopen
Dr. Ricardo García Mónaco

Authors of CIR: Radiologic Contrast Media.

Medios de Contraste Radiológicos
Lo que un médico no puede dejar de conocer

Ricardo García Mónaco
Lisandro Paganini · Jorge Ocantos

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The History Corner.

Reynaldo dos SANTOS

Reynaldo dos Santos was a Portuguese physician and art historian (Oeiras 1880 – Lisbon 1970). He is considered on of the pioneers of vascular radiology since he carried out the first translumbar aortographies.

He was the son of physician Clemente José dos Santos and he entered the Medical-Surgical School of Lisbon in 1898 obtaining his degree in 1903. He completed his surgical training in Paris (1904 – 1905) and he finally moved to the United States. In 1906 he presented his doctoral thesis on surgical treatment of pancreatitis: “Surgical aspects of chronic pancreatitis.” The following year he was appointed professor of the Medical School of Lisbon and he specially dedicated to Urology. A bit disappointed, he left university and developed his activity as Director of Municipal Hospitals.

During World War I he served as a surgeon in British hospitals in the North of France and he was licensed with the rank of Major. In 1930 he enters the recently created Chair of Urology of the Medical School of Lisbon.

He was the first to obtain images of the abdominal aorta and visceral and peripheral arteries through a direct translumbar puncture, even when he was initially questioned: “Beautiful images but with scarce practical utility.” He was the pioneer of what ultimately has become a radiologic specialty with a defined and consistent doctrine.

Although his main activity was Medicine, Reynaldo dos Santos was a respected historian of Portuguese art. After the war, settled in Tuscany, he wrote a book about the Renaissance Portuguese painter, Álvaro Pires de Évora (1922). From that date onwards, his publications on Portuguese art were many. Some of his highlights are a book printed by him and his wife, Irene Quilhó in 1954, about Portuguese goldsmithing during the 16th and 17th centuries, and the History of Portuguese Art, released in 1960. He was one of the ten founders of the National Academy of Portugal in 1932. He became its president and during this period he created the Artistic Inventory of Portugal.

Dr. Luis Ros
Co-Editor NOTiCIR

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