SIR publishes a definitive review of literature “most relevant to the specialty”



Charles E Ray Jr
Charles E Ray Jr

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) has announced, on 11 June 2013, the release of “Updates in interventional radiology 2013,” which is intended to be a concise reference of the current literature most relevant to the specialty. The book is a source for interventional and diagnostic radiologists and interventional radiology fellows and residents; it is edited by Charles E Ray Jr (professor and chief of Interventional Radiology, University of Colorado, Denver USA) and Brian Funaki (professor and chief of Interventional Radiology, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, USA).


According to a society press release, in the 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.

Funaki, 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 do not 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,” he added.

The authors also said that, after publishing the 2012 edition, the way in which the articles were reviewed and selected was readdressed to standardise the methodology, ensuring readers of a rigorous decision-making process that is based in relevance.

According to the release, the series offers annual updates both from interventional radiology literature and from literature in other specialties. Each entry in the series summarises the most important interventional radiology research published during the previous year.

In another update to its publishing program, SIR’s textbook, “Patient care in vascular and interventional radiology” (2nd edition) is now available in both Mobi and Epub format for use across all mobile devices, according to the release.