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Few Useful Sites on Vascular Imaging

1. Society of Interventional Radiology
at http://www.sirweb.org/ has a variety of sections focusing on imaging Vascular entities like Angio clubs, Legs For Life, uterine fibroid embolisation. Besides a separate section on podcasts of medical lectures is also available. A set of clinical practice guidelines of the Society of Interventional Radiology, focusing largely on vascular techniques in Radiology is available at http://www.sirweb.org/clinical/clinicalIntro.shtml. Few of the guidelines cover "training, competency, and credentialing standards for Diagnostic Cervicocerebral Angiography, Carotid Stenting, and Cerebrovascular Intervention", Angioplasty Standard of Practice, Percutaneous Transcatheter Embolization, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair with Endovascular Stent Grafts, "Guidelines for Angiography, Angioplasty, and Stent Placement in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Renal Artery Stenosis in Adults", "Performance of Cervical Carotid Angioplasty and Stent Placement"

The Society for Vascular Ultrasound at http://www.svunet.org/ is essentially a "website representing vascular technologists, vascular surgeons, vascular lab managers, nurses, and other allied medical ultrasound professionals". The society deals with the "advancement of noninvasive vascular technology used in the diagnosis of vascular disease, through education programs, publications, and certification". Absorbing sections include Professional Performance Guidelines, Newsletter, What's New, and links to Journal for Vascular Ultrasound. The section on Professional Performance Guidelines is offered at http://www.svunet.org/about/positions/index.htm

The Vascular Disease Foundation at http://www.vdf.org is "source of information for peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid disease, venous disease and more". As of moment, current topics deal with Deep Vein Thrombosis, Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). Besides this educative sections on Links, Resources, Disease Information, Clinical Trials are also available.

4. VascularWeb at
http://www.vascularweb.org is offered by the Society for Vascular Surgery, which focuses on advancing "excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness." Interesting sections are available on Medical News, Current Articles, Abstracts from SVS and Affiliated Societies, Images and Cases, FDA Announcements, Lifeline Registry, Clinical Trials and Clinical Guidelines.

5. American Venous Forum
at http://www.venous-info.com is "an international consortium of venous and lymphatic specialists dedicated to improving patient care through education and information exchange". The webportal offers educational material like New Perspectives on DVT, Varicose Veins, Treatment Choices. A section on Case of the Month is available too. Also, Vein at http://www.vein.co.uk is a site constructed by Mr Barrie Price MD MS FRCS, Consultant, Vascular Surgeon. The site offers basic educative material on "Varicose veins, thread veins, venous ulcers, DVT" with their treatments.

6. Hemangiomas and Vascular anomalies
at http://www.birthmarks.us/ is an educative webpage authored by Dr. Orhan Konez. There are separate sections on MRI , Case Studies, CTA appearances, Disease entities like Infantile Hemangioma, Arteriovenous Malformation, Capillary Malformation, Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome etc. Also available in pdf format are a series of educative material on "Diagnostic Workup for Suspected Vascular Birthmarks, Pathogenesis of hemangioma" etc.

7. VEITH Symposium at http://www.veithsymposium.org is a forum for vascular surgeons and other vascular specialists that offers updated and latest information on new and important issues in the treatment of vascular disease. Every year, a program schedule features over 100 "rapid-fire presentations" in many sessions over a four day period. An archived set of educative material (of abstracts and multimedia presentations) on past symposium from 2001-2005 is available at http://www.veithsymposium.org/prgm/prgm_set.html

8. 3D Vascular Atlas with Volume Rendering is available at
http://www.ctisus.org/angioatlas/atlasindex.html , auhtored by Frank Corl, Melissa Garland, Brian Kuszyk, and Elliot Fishman. The educative material has separate sections on Syllabus, Lectures, Related Protocols, Selected Readings and Case Studies of Head and Neck, Thoracic and Abdominal Syllabus, Lectures, Related Protocols, Selected Readings and Case Studies of Head and Neck, Thoracic and Abdominal regions.

9. The Internet Stroke Center
at http://www.strokecenter.org/ is a "non-profit, educational service of the Stroke Center" based at Washington University Medical Center and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A Stroke Trials Directory featuring "a registry (database) of clinical trials testing therapeutic interventions for stroke and cerebrovascular disease" is available at http://www.strokecenter.org/trials/InterventionDetail.aspx?tid=8 . Available here is an exhaustive list of trials with popular abbreviations like ACAS, CASANOVA, CREST, ECST, NASCET, SAPPHIRE etc.

An Online Neurovasculature Web-Atlas Resource, sourced from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is available at http://www.radnet.ucla.edu/sections/DINR/index.htm . The material is divided into the following sections : Anatomy and Neuroimaging of the Brain, Vessels of the Brain, and Quiz Sections. A detailed appendix is available at http://www.radnet.ucla.edu/sections/DINR/appendix.htm. An online book titled Angiologia E Cirurgia Vascular: Guia Ilustrado, authored by Guilherme Benjamin Brandão Pitta and written in Portuguese is available at http://www.lava.med.br/livro/index.htm


A useful set of Vascular Links are available from Society for Vascular Ultrasound at http://www.svunet.org/links/ , Maurizio Rodio links at http://www.rodiovascular.com/links.htm , Vascular Disease Foundation at http://www.vdf.org/links.php , Veith Symposium at http://www.veithsymposium.org/links/links_set.html , Dr Cavezzi Links http://www.cavezzi.it/linken.htm, and Sicklehut Medical Links at http://www.sicklehut.com/vascularsurg/index.asp . A series of vascular conditions that is comprehensively covered is offered at http://www.emedicine.com/med/VASCULAR_SURGERY.htm .

Few portals from Europe, focusing on vascular entities comprises the following : Angionet at http://www.angionet.org, Angioweb at http://www.angioweb.fr, Asociazione Italiana Specialisti Angiologi at http://www.aisa.it/, CEVF, Central European Vascular Forum at http://www.sameint.it/vascular/italiano/society.htm#CentralEuropeanVascularForum , College Francaise de Pathologie Vasculaire at http://www-sante.ujf-grenoble.fr/SANTE/cfpv/cfpv.html, Dutch Endovascular Society at http://www.endovascular.nl/, European Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at http://www.esvs.org and Italian Society of Vascular Medicine and Angiology at http://siapavsv.cds.it/

Dr IK Indrajit MD DNB

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