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

CIR’s Latin American School of Radiology
My point of view of the breast resonance workshop, sponsored by GE and made inst 2013
San José de Costa Rica on 31 July and 1 August.

CIR, through the Latin American School of Radiology, under the Department of Education, is implementing a program of courses which, based on theoretical and practical interaction, allow to disseminate and improve radiologic practice daily. It involves activities that are not massive, addressed to focus groups of radiologists interested in an area of specialty. Along with Dr. Miguel Angel Pinochet and the TM Lorena Cornejo, a few days ago I had the chance to participate as a teacher in the first of these courses, which was dedicated to breast MRI and was held in the city of San José, Costa Rica, as an activity prior to the Congress of the Central American Federation of Radiology. The course was sponsored by General Electric Haealthcare which, in this way, becomes part of this project, which seeks to raise the level of practice of the specialty in the region.

The model of these courses is hybrid, with sessions of theoretical content and interaction between professors and attendees. Generally speaking, the distribution of activities was as follows:
  • Theoretical content: 30 %
  • Adjustment, notarization and quality of the studies: 20%
  • Carrying out studies in real time: 25%
  • Case discussion and analysis of the cases carried out: 15%
  • Group interaction: 10 %
The program included theoretical contribution of concepts with emphasis on notarization and adaptation of studies to the available evidence and discussion o the costs and benefits of scans. Lively and interesting debates were generated based on the different realities of the attendees; this was facilitated by the configuration of the course, whose structure lacks the characteristic stiffness of passive teaching events.

The incorporation of a medical technologist to the group that delivers the course, not only provided conceptual aspects of the technique, but it was also essential in one of the most relevant and important aspects of the course: studies of patients in real time. This ensured the proper configuration of equipment, the incorporation of affordable updated protocols to the equipment used, and the formation of future users, i.e., this ensured the quality and safety of the technical process.

No doubt, one of the success factors of the event was the quality and competence of the participants. One of the most remarkable aspects was the composition of the audience: radiologists with special dedication to breast radiology, with a high level of expertise in other modalities, and with a proactive motivation to incorporate a new technique. A future opportunity for improvement is the participation of a greater number of technologists that may subsequently work in parallel with the radiologists.

I would like to highlight the efforts of the organizers to provide clinical facilities and equipment that allowed to prove that the technique is possible "in situ", with the available equipment, local professionals and the eventual conceptual contribution of theoretical content that support its consolidation.

I would like to congratulate all the people involved on the initiative and to thank that I had the chance to be a part of it. My most sincere desire is that these initiatives spread and that this training model strengthens.

Dr. Melchior Sentís

Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí - UDIAT Diagnostic Center
Sabadell, Spain.

Scholarships for the European Congress of Radiology, Vienna 2014

As in previous years, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) has reserved 20 vacants in the program “Invest in the Youth” for resident radiologists of CIR in the framework of the European Congress of Radiology 2014.

As it is informed in the Rising Stars Newsletter, in order to be accepted in the program, you just need to deliver an abstract. Deadline is 18 September.

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CIR’s Fifth Congress of Virtual Radiology

Dear colleagues:

After the success experienced in the four previous editions of our virtual conferences, in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011, respectively, we announced the development of the fifth Virtual Congress of Radiology, to be held in November 2013.

The radiological community is invited to participate actively, registration is free.

As from 1 September 2013 the sending of radiological cases and electronic posters will be open!

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Kind regards,

Dr. Luis Fajre and Dr. Francisco Sendra Portero
Risponsible for the organization of RADIOLOGIAVIRTUAL

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CIR-GE workshop course: Cardio CT



27 to 28 September 2013, Santiago, Chile

Director: Dr. Erik Kimura-Hayama
Speakers: Dr. Erik Kimura-Hayama and Dr. Natalia Aldana Sepúlveda

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Invitation to participate in the CIR&RSNA session

On Saturday, November 30 in Mc Cormick Place the CIR session at RSNA will be held - CIR&RSNA 2013.

The topic to be discussed will be Infection-Inflammation, and 8 well known professors of CIR will participate as speakers, covering different organs and systems.

The session is in Spanish and will be transmitted via webcast. We invite you to see the program and schedule this event so you can attend this interesting meeting of the CIR in the context of the Congress of the RSNA 2013.

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CIR@SFR Session in Spanish

CIR@SFR Session in Spanish

18-22 October, Palais des Congrès, Paris.

For the second consecutive year, the Inter-American College of Radiology has been invited by the French society of Radiology to hold a scientific session in Spanish in the French Conference of Radiology

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1st Workshop On “Musculoskeletal Ultrasound”, Lima, Peru.

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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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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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The history corner


Jean Alban Bergonié was a French physician and he is considered the founder of cancerology (7 October, 1857, Casseneuil - 20 January, 1925), together with Tribondeau. In 1906 he issued a law which regulates the biological effects of radiation in the different tissues of the economy.

Born in a modest family, he completed his doctorate in medicine, worked as Professor of medical physics at the age of 26, he became a distinguished researcher in the field of X radiation, and he was the scientist who ran the bases of the irradiation of malignant tumors, obtaining the first Chair of Medical Electricity in France.

He was the pioneer of war surgery and in 1898 he became interested in the use of X rays to localize projectiles, thus facilitating their extraction. A tireless traveler, he organized the Egyptian Congress of Medicine in 1903.

He was the founder of the magazine 'Archives of medical electricity', and was responsible for it for 32 years.

As from 1905 he cared for the protection against x-rays, although it did not consider it for himself. In 1906, after studying the effects of ionizing radiation on mice, he established the law on the correlation between the fragility of cells to x-rays and their reproductive activity, which demonstrated that the radiosensitivity of a cell is directly proportional to its capacity of division and inversely proportional to its degree of differentiation; this lay is still applicable and is the foundation of all radiobiology principles.

In 1914, during the first war world, he served in the medical-surgical hospitals. Two years before, he suffered the amputation of a finger in his right hand, a result of a cancer. In 1922 his right arm had to be amputated, although it was too late to prevent the development of pulmonary metastases, which was the cause of his death in 1925. He was the founding father of the regional centers that fought cancer. The first one, in Bordeaux, was named after him: Bergonié Foundation; he was able to attend the first ceremony in December 1924. He was elevated to the dignity of Grand Cross of the Legion of honor and he died 15 days later, on 20 January, 1925.

Jean Bergonié was a physician between two centuries full of rich events and a brilliant, original, visionary and multidisciplinary personality. In addition to his research in the field of X-rays X, he dealt with topics as diverse as occupational therapy (re-education through labour), war wounds and the treatment for obesity. He was also promoter of Esperanto, a universal language, runner, cyclist and hunter in his leisure time.

Doctor Luis Ros
Co-Editor de NOTiCIR

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