sIRcro :: Section for Interventional Radiology
In Supetar, island of Brač, the 6th meeting of interventional radiologists of Croatia was held (31st of may – 3rd of june 2007.) with international participation. Meeting was organized by the Section of interventional radiology, as part of Croatian society of radiology, and Medical University Split.
The Section was founded by initiative board (K. Glavina - Osijek, A. Hebrang - Zagreb, J. Mašković -Split and S. Šimunić - Zagreb/Osijek). After given approval from the Croatian Medical Association and the Croatian society of radiology, initiative board has assembled the founding general assembly which was held on Friday, 10th of November 2000. at 6:00 PM in Small Hall of Croatian Medical Chamber in Šubićeva street in Zagreb. The meeting was attended by following radiologists: N. Bešenski, B. Budiselić, B. Borković, L. Cambj-Sapunar, Z. Čačić, S. Dobrota, M. Frković, K. Glavina, A. Hebrang, Z. Herceg-lvanovi, D. Januš, D. Kapetanović, J. Mašković, G. Opsenica, B. Radanović, O. Rubin, S. Schmidt, I. Sjekavica, D. Srdoč, M. Šeronja-Kuhar, S. Šimunić, V. Tonković and V.Vidjak.
Section acts upon the regulatory rules of Croatian Medical Association Statute and Regulations of Croatian Society Of Radiology. According to these rules, following administrative committee was selected: J. Mašković - president, L. Cambj-Sapunar - secretary, O. Rubin – treasurer and B. Budiselić, K. Glavina, A. Hebrang i S. Šimunić –members.
Since the begining of radiology (1895), for decades it only had diagnostic role (radiotherapy excluded). Seldinger method of percutaneous punction and cateteherisation of blood vessels (1953) ensured a veriety of diagnostic and terapheutical interventional procedures including many different organs and organic systems. Begining the year of 1964 radiology had engaged with treatment. First it was limited to vascular sistem, when CT Dotter and MP Judkins (Oregon/SAD) performed the first PTA (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty), using coaxial catheterisation technique, for treatment of atherosclerotic lesions on peripheral arteries. The important role in development of this kind of treatment was the invention of balloon dilatation catheter by swiss cardiologist A. Gruentzig.
These methods of treatment were called therapeutic (catheter) interventions and at first were alternative to surgical therapeutic procedures. By this day, previously mentioned procedures are often primary and sometimes the only solution as final or palliative method of treatment, respectively diagnostic-therapeutic/catheter – needle intervention.
Soon after appearance of interventional radiology around the world, which gave radiology a new dimension and importance, changing it from purely diagnostic into therapeutic, it’s procedures are widely used in our country as well (Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, and recently Slavonski Brod).
Among other topics, implementation and results of performed procedures in interventional radiology were discussed at sessions on the IV. Meeting (Osijek 1982), V. Meeting (Pula 1985), VI. Meeting (Karlovac 1986), VII. Meeting (Opatija 1987), VIII. Meeting (SI. Požega 1989), IX. Meeting (Zadar 1990) and at X. Meeting (Varaždin 1992).
After Croatia gained its independance, mentioned scientific Meetings of Croatian radiologists became Congresses with international participation . First such Congress was held in Opatija 1994. Second Congress of Croatian society of radiology took place in Osijek 1998. The third was in Split 2002, and the forth was in Zagreb (2006).
Activities of Section Of Interventional Radiology Of Croatia as part of Croatian Society Of Radiology shows close and systematic companionship with Hungarian Society of Radiology (in 1999. as Croatian-Hungarian Radiological Symposium) and with Slovenian Society of radiology (in 2001. as Croatian-Slovenian-Hungarian Radiological Symposium) with common annual meetings: Koszeg (1999.), Opatija (2000.), Pecs (2001.), Maribor (2002.), Koprivnica (2003.), Heviz (2004.), Maribor (2005.) i Vukovar (2007.).
Croatian Society Of Radiology has awarded Appreciations for successful long-term cooperation to Hungarian Radiological Society, and to certain individuals: G. Vadon, Gy Vargha, J. Kenez, B. Fornet i L. Horvath. N. Bešenski was awarded by Certificate - Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Neuroradiology. Honorary members of Societatio Radiologorum Hungarorum were pronounced: N. Bešenski, I. Lovasić, K. Glavina i S. Šimunić.
Except previously mentioned meetings, few were held concerning topics about interventional radiology: Round table of interventional radiology, Zagreb 1980. - chairman S. Šimunić; Symposium of interventional radiology, Zagreb 1981. - chairman S. Šimunić; Symposium of PTA coronary, renal and peripheral arteries, Zagreb 1983. - chairmen S. Šimunić i M. Šesto; Symposium of interventional radiology: percutaneous organ and organic systems drainage , Zagreb 1985. - Chairmen S. Šimunić i I. Obrez (Ljubljana) and Symposium of interventional radiology, Split 1986. - Chairmen J. Mašković, S. Boschi i I. Stanić.
Since 1993, every two years, in Supetar, island of Brač, Meetings of interventional radiologists with international participation are held:
Number of previously mentioned active participants was increased with noticeable number of co-authors - listeners or residents which also attended, showing interest for this attractive, dynamic, and relatively new, but established and widely implemented, useful segment of radiology. At the last meeting the total amount of participants were around 200.