SOURCE: Society of Interventional Radiology

Society of Interventional Radiology

January 22, 2015 14:29 ET

SIR 2015: Focus on Interventional Radiology Innovation, Collaboration

Registration Open for Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting Feb. 28-March 5 in Atlanta; Discover Specialty's Limitless Potential

FAIRFAX, VA--(Marketwired - January 22, 2015) - The Society of Interventional Radiology's (SIR's) Annual Scientific Meeting, the world's most comprehensive meeting dedicated to research in image-guided, minimally invasive medicine, takes place Feb. 28 through March 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Expected to attract more than 5,000 doctors, researchers and allied health professionals, SIR 2015 features more than 200 scientific sessions and 125 technical exhibits and product demonstrations. Attendees will be equipped with current data on breakthrough treatments for numerous diseases and conditions including cancer, uterine fibroids, and venous and peripheral arterial disease.

"The SIR Annual Scientific Meeting centers on providing the most comprehensive interventional radiology program possible," said Jafar Golzarian, M.D., FSIR, the meeting's program chair. "This year's program has been strategically informed by the multidimensional nature of our specialty, the range of environments in which we practice and the array of individuals with whom we collaborate," he noted. In 'SIR Meets,' an exciting new session series, SIR will collaborate with other specialties through their societies to explore topics and numerous treatment options.

SIR 2015's general sessions feature the specialty's top thought-leaders on major, often controversial, issues. This year's "Innovation, Macroeconomics and the Future of Minimally Invasive Therapies" will provide a discussion of the impact of changes in the health care ecosystem, while "Global Perspectives" will explore specialty dynamics around the world.

"Our goal is for all attendees to return home with the essential new tools, techniques and skills that will help grow and strengthen their clinical practice," added Golzarian, who is division head of interventional radiology and vascular imaging at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

More information may be found at sirmeeting.org. The advance registration deadline is Jan. 30.

About the Society of Interventional Radiology

The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 5,600 practicing interventional radiology physicians, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. SIR's members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels-from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians. Visit sirweb.org.

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. Visit www.SIRweb.org.

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