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Newsletter - AVIR Informer - summer 2016 edition

August 30 2016 by Izzy Ramaswamy

President’s Message: David Nicholson, RT (R) (CV)

In my 15 years as an IR tech, there have been many times I have been presented the following questions, both about my profession and our organization. What is an IR tech?? What is the AVIR? How do the two of them relate, and why do they need each other? An interventional technologist is a technologist unlike any other technologist in the department of radiology. Where technologists in other areas are very knowledgeable, highly advanced, and very specialized, they have a different way of thinking and functioning within the role they provide patient care. More often than not, I find those technologists are so specialized and are not necessarily given the opportunity to understand or learn the other modalities. An interventional technologist must have an understanding of other modalities. It is helpful, if not imperative to be familiar with Nuclear Imaging, CT, MRI, diagnostic, radiation therapy. In some areas, an interventional technologist should have a knowledge of transplant surgery, specifically anastomotic methodologies, and vascular surgery. The AVIR is an organiztion that allows us an opportunity to be educated clinically, network, both through meetings and social media, as well as be educated academically. The Board of Directors has worked very hard over the last 5-6 years to mold the AVIR into a product we can all be proud of, and something we can all stand behind. Much like us, the technologists, the AVIR offers a very diverse area of education. Topics and events such as cancer treatments, aortic interventions, venous disease, articles, cases of the month, Medlantis online education module, Annual Meeting, Regional/ Chapter meetings, as well as the VI Workshop. It is imperative as an IR tech to have an organization that is as specialized and diverse as we are. We are always looking to improve, and looking for more member involvement and input. I am looking forward to the coming years, and hope to have an opportunity to talk to you in the future. 

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