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Society of Interventional Radiology publishes definitive literature review

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Society of Interventional Radiology

Brian Funaki, Society of Interventional Radiology

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FAIRFAX, Va.—The Society of Interventional Radiology announces the release of "Updates in Interventional Radiology 2013," a concise reference of the current literature most relevant to the specialty. The book is a prime source for interventional and diagnostic radiologists and interventional radiology fellows and residents. "Updates in Interventional Radiology 2013" is edited by Charles E. Ray Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FSIR, and Brian Funaki, M.D., FSIR.

In a systematic review, the editors provide summaries on the interventional radiology literature published between July 2011 and June 2012 in nine of the specialty's primary areas: clinical practice, aortic aneurysms, drug-eluting stents in femoropopliteal disease, venous thromboembolism, portal hypertension, liver malignancy, pulmonary and renal malignancies, endovascular stroke therapy and women's health interventions. These summaries are combined with expert commentary on their applicability to the practice of interventional radiology.

"All physicians know that it is vital to remain up-to-date, but digesting the wealth of current literature is nearly impossible. The 'Updates in Interventional Radiology' series is the premier resource of its kind providing the most comprehensive overview in the specialty related to current literature," said Ray, who is professor and chief of interventional radiology at the University of Colorado in Denver.

Funaki, who is professor and chief of interventional radiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, noted that because the series concentrates on information specific to those areas that are essential to the practice of interventional radiology, it provides readers with a focus on where the field is right now.

"In academic medicine, we often have our own niches and don't cover the gamut of therapy the field provides. Perspectives on how others have adopted and adapted based on their research are invaluable to any practitioner," said Funaki.

The authors noted that, after publishing the 2012 edition, the way in which the articles were reviewed and selected was revamped to standardize the methodology, ensuring readers of a rigorous decision-making process that is based in relevance. The series offers annual updates both from interventional radiology literature and from literature in other specialties. Each entry in the series summarizes the most important interventional radiology research published during the previous year.

In another update to its publishing program, SIR's bestselling, essential textbook, "Patient Care in Vascular and Interventional Radiology" (2nd edition) is now available in both Mobi (popular with Kindle and other readers) and Epub (free and open e-reading platform) format for use across all mobile devices. This new digital edition is an extension of SIR's "Patient Care in Vascular and Interventional Radiology (2nd edition) Study Guide" (print edition), an essential resource for in-training or post-graduate physicians, and for certification or recertification. SIR's broad range of valuable informational resources (including patient-centered copy and medical illustrations), reviewed and approved by experts, are now available for individual use.


More information about the Society of Interventional Radiology, interventional radiologists and how to find an interventional radiologist in your area can be found online at

About the Society of Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, such as in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today, interventional oncology is a growing specialty area of interventional radiology. Interventional radiologists can deliver treatments for cancer directly to the tumor without significant side effects or damage to nearby normal tissue.

Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery. This year, SIR celebrates 40 years of innovation and advances in interventional radiology. Visit

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