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Dr. Alejandro Beresñak
Dr. Jorge Bisteni, Dr. Dante Casale, Dr. Luis Ros
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Dr. Miguel Stoopen

Six months have passed since I took over the presidency of the CIR, so this is an appropriate moment to think about what was done throughout this period, what is still to be done and the main difficulties we face.

I want to highlight the excellence of the Board that accompanies me. Although as president I am not entitled to choose the board members, due to the current bylaws of the college, I must point out that I couldn’t have a better work team than the one I have: committed, enthusiastic and generous as regards their dedication and their vision of the college. I thank each of them for being always available, for their work, for their sympathy and humor too, which make our meetings more pleasant, though they are always full of discussions.

The Board of Directors and I have tried to carry out CIR actions in a transparent and strict way: the response of all societies to apply for the Visiting Professor Program, and of radiologists to apply for Visiting Professor are clear examples of that.

We have reactivated and supported the SIRCAI work team since we consider that certification and re certification processes are paramount for Iberian-American radiology. We also believe in the CIR’s fundamental role in the implementation of said processes at a regional level. With doctors Rodrigo Restrepo and Sergio Luccino as leaders, the SIRCAI group is working with enthusiasm and mysticism in order to achieve actual advances in a near future.

Doctor Alejandro Beresñak, together with Tercer Término have worked on the development of a new Web page for the College, which will be more modern and efficient. It will be presented on occasion of the Course that will take place in Cancun soon. Then, it will be the turn to update our NOTiCIR.

As regards International Relations, I would like to point out the participation we will have this year in the RSNA Congress and in the French Conferences of Radiology; in these two occasions we will have the chance to show the best of Iberian-American radiology. Thanks to the work of Doctors Miguel Stoopen and Pablo Ros, the RSNA program has already been configured, and the development of the program for the Spanish session of the FCRs is already at an advanced stage.

We are working on the implementation of the Latin American School of Radiology. We have already agreed on a workshop on Implementation of Breast MR, which will take place in Costa Rica, on the previous days to the Congress of the Central American Federation of Radiology. On the other hand, we have planned a Cardiac CT course and a Musculoskeletal US workshop which will take place the second half of this year.

The 1st Refresher Course of Radiology of CIR, which will take place on 9 to 11 May, has been one of the areas which demandedhardest work. Since it is the first time the CIR organizes a course of its own, we have faced important challenges, which we hope we have overcome with your support. Logistics with distance is not easy and neither is the lack of certainty that attendants will meet their professional expectations However, thanks to the support of several prestigious scientific societies, the syllabus of the course is academic excellence.

Regarding the difficulties we face, obtaining financial resources to carry out our planes is one of them. The challenge is to show we are a strong organization which represents regional radiology, which deserves our support. I strongly believe that we will achieve this goal due to the hard work we’ve been doing.

Finally, I would like to express that in order to achieve a harmonic development in regional radiology, it is extremely important to have the support of each of the Societies or Associations that are part of the College. What we makes no sense if it does not entail a direct benefit for radiologists. For this to happen, each Society has to act in synergy with the CIR, with commitment and generosity and always having radiologists as the center of their actions.

Doctor Gloria Soto
President of CIR

1st Refresher Course in Radiology Cancun 2013-CIR

The Mexican Council of Radiology and Imaging grants 20 credits for recertification.
SIRCAI grants 25 credits.

Satellite breast MR symposium




We are glad to communicate that the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America has included the course “CIR@RSNA in Spanish” as a stable event within the annual Congress.

We are proud to celebrate this decision since the success of the courses “CIR in Spanish” has lasted since its beginnings back in 2011 and are a chance of showing the level of Iberian-American radiology in a context as important as the annual Congress of RSNA.

In 2010 the CIR was invited for the first time to participate in the RSNA Congress with the session “Lain American Radiology”, coordinated by Doctor Ricardo García Mónaco In 2011 and 2012 we organized the CIR@RSNA sessions which were successfully coordinated by Doctors Miguel Stoopen and Pablo Ros together with the President of CIR on duty. In 2011 the topic was “Update on Oncology Imaging” and in 2012, “Radiology in emergencies”. This year, the topic will be “Inflammation and infection”.

The CIR@RSNA sessions have the distinctive feature of being in Spanish and simultaneously translated in English; moreover, they are broadcasted on line via webcast, which is an acknowledgement milestone as regards the activity performed by radiologists grouped within the countries member of the Inter American College of Radiology.

We invite you to participate in the CIR@RSNA session of the RSNA Congress on Saturday, November 30, from 1 to 5 pm. This is an opportunity for CIR radiologists to meet in Chicago in the context of a scientific activity of excellence.

Click here to Access the preliminaryagenda of the event.

RADIOPROTECTION: Quality Control in analog mammography

Quality Control is an essential tool in every Radioprotection Program.

In this opportunity, we present the “TECHNICAL GUIDE OF BASIC QUALITY CONTROL PRECEDURES IN ANALOG MAMMOGRAPHY” which is part of the National Program of Breast Cancer of Argentina, created by the National Institute of Cancer together with the Argentinian Society of Radiology.

It is addressed to radiologists and x-ray technicians in charge of the breast area, who are responsible for the coordination and regulation of the team work.

It is of free circulation.

Dr. Alfredo Buzzi

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Andrés Peralta Corneille

With great grief the Inter American College of Radiology receives the news of the departure of our colleague and friend, Doctor and Professor Andrés Emilio Peralta Corneille in his house, in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic.

He was a distinguished radiotherapist and he was the medical director of the Oncologic Institute of Cibao in Santiago de Chile, he was one of the foundations of the Dominican Society of Radiology and the Inter American College of Radiology, which he constantly supported.

We should also remember the main role he played in the organization and promotion of successful medical meetings in the Caribbean: the first one was a course of radiology that he organized in Santo Domingo together with the then President of CIR, doctor Francisco Arredondo. The second one was called First Meeting of the Caribbean, in the city of Santo Domingo, during the presidency of Doctor Carlos R Giménez; and the third one, called Third Meeting of the Caribbean, which I coordinated with him in the city of San Juan de Puerto Rico.

His interest in bioethics started in the 1980s, and eventually he became an international expert in the field. He was acknowledged by the Unesco, with which he collaborated for several decades, he traveled to many countries around Latin America and the world writing, teaching and participating in international forums.

For many years, Andrés Peralta Corneille was member of the former Committee of Ethics and Statutes which due to his effort became the current Committee of Bioethics of the CIR, thus leaving as legacy the Code of Ethics of the CIR and the Code of Good Governance, which he wrote in Medellin together with Doctor Restrepo and the CIR’s board of directors. But Andrés was much more than this: he was a sensible professional, a great gentleman and a colleague who distinguished the people who treated him with his kind and affectionate manner.

The best way to honor him is to live according to the principles he left us, which were the reason of his struggle, and transmit them to our colleagues and students so they are not forgotten.

Miguel Stoopen
Other people who also sent messages of condolences to the CIR were: Gloria Soto, Francisco Arredondo, Luis R. Campos, Antonio López Vargas, Alejandro Berezñak, Jorge Bisteni, Rodrigo Restrepo, Paula Mesina y Susana Vidal.

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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Alessandro VALLEBONA

Alessandro VALLEBONAwas an Italian radiologist (Genoa, 1899-1987) who was considered the discoverer of the stratigraphy or tomography.

He was Vittorio Maragliano’s disciple. In 1913 Maragliano had obtained one of the first three chairs of radiology in Italy. Already in 1925, Alessandro who was only 26, described the combined method of double contrast, barium-gas, for the study of the stomach.

In May 1930, he presented the article “Una modalitá di tecnica per la dissociazione radiografica delle ombre applicata allo studio del cranio” during the 9th Italian Congress of Medical Radiology in Turin. Through this, he proposed a new methodical radiology aimed at obtaining images of a specific stratum of an organ or anatomical region, called stratigraphy or tomography (from the Greek tomos in the sense of stratus, plane.) With that goal in mind, he designed a device that, after several modifications allowed for the improvement of the technique.

Unlike conventional X-rays, the stratigraphy or tomography allows to record in an iconographic way the desired removed planes, in virtue of a series of principles of projectional geometry, and its adjacent structures.

The technique consisted of the synchronic and opposed movement of the X- rays source and the film. Such movement, with fulcrum over the plane ichnographically significant, allowed the omission of those structures outside the rotation axis of the movement.

Frontal tomography was succeeded by lateral and traditional transverse axial tomography, which were already intuitively known by Ziedses des Plantes in 1932, and developed as from 1947 (Vallebona A.:Nouvelle méthode roentgenstratigraphique. Radiol Clin (Basel), 279, 1947).

The initial and most frequently used device had a lineal pendular movement which was adequate for the study of the thorax larynx or skeletal structures; later, certain devices with mixed movements were designed (circular, spiral hypocycloidal stratigraphy) in order to eliminate some of the “parasite shadows” that resulted from this pendular movement, which were even more remarkable in the case of complex structures. These last devices were better adapted to the study of fine and complicated structures, such as the internal ear.

The evolution of this technique, together with the use of computer technology, entailed the introduction of computerized tomography in the 1970s.

Apart from the CAT Scan (Computerized Axial Tomography) examples of tomographic techniques, based on this principle of elimination of the planes located over and under the desired plane, are the echogram, magnetic resonance image (MRI) and the positron emission tomography (PET scan).

Vallebona was professor of medical radiology at the University of Genoa (1950-1969) and he was considered the pioneer of the “radiological school of Genoa”.

He wrote more tan 370 publications related to the radiology field and he was awarded the Medal of the Antoine Beclere Center in 1965, addressed to pioneers in radiology, and the Roentgen-Plakette Medal granted in 1970 by Roentgen birthplace, Remsheid-Lennep, in the 75th anniversary of the discovery of X-rays.

Dr. Luis Ros
Co-Editor of NOTiCIR

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