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

Latin American School of Radiology

Latin America is a region of great diversity, whose main challenges are poverty and inequality. The population reaches 590 million of inhabitants, that originate from a variety of ethnic groups. There are marked differences in cultural, political, economic and social aspects among the 20 countries that make up the region, one in North America, 6 in Central America, 10 in South America and 3 in the Caribbean.

The radiological practice in Latin America does not scape this diversity but is rather a reflection of it. There are large differences between the different countries in the region in terms of infrastructure, availability of radiologists and sub-specialists, in training programs for radiologists, in the culture of continuous medical education, and regarding the rules and standards that regulate the professional activity. That is why in some countries there are centers in which radiological practice progresses a the same pace as in developed countries, with the incorporation of technology and well trained professionals, while in other countries, advances are slow and not synchronized, and investments in technology are no coordinated with professional training, which prevents to obtain the maximum return on investment.

In this context, a characteristic project presented by the Board of Directors involves he implementation of a “Latin American School of Radiology” intended to harmonize radiological practice and encourage sub specialties in the region through educational opportunities adapted to local needs.

To achieve this goal, several strategies have been conceived, among which I wish to highlight the accomplishment of courses addressed to general radiologists, and whose content is focused on covering loss-making areas of Radiology in the countries where they are delivered, either by lack of local subspecialists or because the techniques have been recently implemented. A second strategy is to provide scholarships for general radiologists with an interest in an area of loss-making subspecialty in their country of origin. The scholarship, which consists of a 3 thousand-dollar contribution, is to cover a 3-month day stay in centers of excellence in the region, with a structured and supervised training program.

During the last months we have been working to get the necessary financing for the initial implementation of this project. Today, thanks to the support of sponsors, we are able to start this program, which will expand in the future. I invite you to stay informed, through our Web page and the NOTiCIR, and direct communications of educational alternatives offered by the CIR through the Latin American School of Radiology, and how to access them.


  • BREAST MR COURSE. CIR-GE COURSE (Course of the Latin American School of Radiology sponsored by GE Healthcare)
    It will take place in the framework of the Congress of the Central American Federation of Radiology, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
    One will be held in Santiago de Chile and the second one in a country to be defined.
  • 2 Musculoskeletal US interactive workshops.
    They will be held in Lima, Peru and Montevideo, Uruguay
    Under supervision of Doctor Mauricio Lozano, Coordinator of Interventional Radiology of the University Clinic of Colombia and Coordinator of the Post Graduate Program of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging of the Fundación Universitaria Sanitas, UNISÁNITAS, Bogotá, Colombia.
    Under the supervision of Doctor Katiuska Casares from the Department of Radiology of the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery of Mexico DF.
    Under the upervision of Eleonora Horvath, head of the service of Diagnosis of Breast Images of the German clinic in Santiago, Chile.

Doctor Gloria Soto
President of CIR

Bibliographic Club SERAM


The bibliographic club SERAM presents its edition of June, with 9 bibliographic reviews. This initiative began last February and has been created primarily by and for radiologists in training (residents).

Its goal is to make summaries and reviews of radiological literature of interest; it’s residents the ones who select the magazines and articles; and after a thorough analysis, they undergo an internal review process by pers.

Currently residents can easily access radiological publications of international reference. However, a proper scientific use isn’t usually achieved. The overwhelming amount of information available, the occasional linguistic barrier and the frequent lack of training in critical scientific reading, make initiatives of this type necessary.

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Bibliographic Club SERAM is a space for residents in the radiological society and in their own training. The active participation in an editorial project with an internal system of analysis and review of articles empowers their critical and scientific thought.

To access its contents visit http://cbseram.wordpress.com/; it’s a project that is open for those residents of the Latin American community who would like to get actively involved.

F. Javier Rodríguez Recio
Communication Manager in the SERAM Directive Board

Radiological protection in the CIR

Quality Control Manual for Digitalized Equipment (CR)

Digital technologies have great potential to improve the radiological practice but carry the risk of making excessive use of radiation. In digital radiography there may be overexposure without a noticeable adverse impact on the quality of the image, so there can be a tendency to give the patient higher doses than needed.

In addition, it is very easy to obtain (and delete) images in digital fluoroscopy systems, so there may be a tendency to take more x-rays than necessary. Therefore, digital radiology presents new challenges related to radiation protection.

This is a document written by Doctor Susana Blanco (Ph.D. in Physics, researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of the Argentine Republic, professor at the University of Buenos Aires and Universidad de Belgrano, and member of the Group of Radiation Protection of the Argentine Society of Radiology).

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Doctor Alfredo Buzzi
President of the SAR (Argentine Society of Radiology)

On line international publications

Member countries’ newsletters

We invite all NOTiCIR readers to visit, from this site, the monthly bulletin RSNA News, which is available thanks to CIR member countries.

You can access the latest issue of the newsletter as well as the index of past issues.

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GO RAD is a new program developed by the international society of Radiology in global scope. GO RAD is a new global outreach program developed by the International Society of Radiology. Its purpose is to achieve advanced radiology education throughout a global radiology community by adding current and 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.

Doctor Eric Stern
Editor-in-Chief, GO RAD

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Robert G. FRASER

Robert G. Fraser was a Canadian radiologist (Winnipeg, Manitoba 1921-Birmingham, Alabama, 2002), considered as one of the researchers and authors who has most influenced modern thoracic radiology.

After graduating at the University of Toronto, he completed his residency in radiology at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, joining the Department of Radiology at McGill University in that same city. He was professor of Radiology in 1968, was appointed chairman in 1971 and served until 1976, moved subsequently to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he reached the Emeritus status in 1988.

His best known and outstanding aspect refers to education in radiology, particularly in the field of pulmonary diseases. His bibliography includes more than 80 scientific articles and several books. His work "Diagnosis of diseases of the chest", originally published in 1975, in collaboration with Dr. J. A.Peter Pare (the authors’ sons appearing as co-authors in the latest editions), has become the reference standard in the field of pulmonary Radiology and is acknowledged as one of the texts of major impact in pneumology of the last century. Several generations of Radiologists around the world have taken their first steps in the field of pulmonary Radiology guided by this book.

He was Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Radiologists from 1968 to 1969, and he was the first Vice President of the American Roentgen Ray Society (1972-1973).

Doctor Fraser was the founder and first president (1970-1972) of the Fleishcner Society, an international and interdisciplinary society dedicated to the study of the chest of great prestige worldwide.

He was a distinguished lecturer and there were few countries where he was not invited.

He was a fellow of the American College of Pneumology and the American College of Radiology, he was nominated in 1987 by this institution as Living Legend. He received the Gold Medal of the American Roentgen Ray Society in 1989 and of the Radiological Society of North America in 1990.

In 1984 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Radiology in the United Kingdom; he received an honorary doctorate from McGill University, he was perpetual visiting professor of the University of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain.

Together with Benjamín Felson, he is considered one of the cornerstones of the modern thoracic Radiology.

Doctor Luis Ros
Co-Editor of NOTiCIR

11th Book of the CIR ADVANCES series

Advances SERIES in Imaging Diagnostics - CIR
Inter American College of Radiology

Editors: Miguel Stoopen y Ricardo García Mónaco
Guest Editor: Doctor Ricardo García Mónaco
Journal publications 2013 ISBN 978-987-1259-83-0
209 pages

This complete and organized book that is part of the Advances series in Imaging diagnostics offers us a complete and entertaining review of this prevailing disease, analyzed from the imaging point of view.

Initially, it discusses in general the various forms of image, such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance and PET/CT, with emphasis on functional and molecular studies as well as on the Diffusion, Perfusion and Spectroscopy in MR and different types of tracers used in PET/CT.

The book also includes an update on diagnosis, staging, possible therapies and follow up of most frequent neoplasms such as pulmonary, prostatic, colorectal and lymphoma, among others, considering the different types of image.

The review on the definition of international standards and their clinical application in order to objectively assess the response of the last tumors to treatment is particularly interesting.

The authors are physicians of national and international prestige, including the United States and France.

Being such as cross-cutting theme in radiology and medicine, I highly recommend it both to residents, fellows, and radiologists.

Address for online orders:
Ediciones Journal, Buenos Aires
www.journal.com.ar/avances, or write to info@journal.com.ar

Doctor Andres O´Brien
Responsible of the body area
Imaging Diagnostics
Las Condes Clinic, Santiago

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