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Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology (SCVIR) at http://www.scvir.org/ is the website of a professional society for physicians who specialize in interventional or minimally invasive procedures. The site has sections on Consumers, Membership, Education material, The engrossing Clinical Practice Guidelines accessible at http://www.scvir.org/clinical/index.htm#9 http://www.practiceguidelines.org deals fundamentally with practice principles producing high quality interventional radiology care. .

2. Endovascular-org
at http://www.endovascular.org/ is an interesting site which offers content and relevant information about circulatory diseases and vascular interventions. An initial registration is mandatory. EndoChat room is a bulletin board formatted room where one can create a dialogue with interventional colleagues throughout the world. Experts Online is an interactive "Ask the Experts" section with a guest editor, which is updated monthly. Archives from September 1996 onwards are also available. Interactive Challenge is a set of interesting Endovascular Cases that ends with a brief discussion of the author's preferred approach.

Cathlab at http://www.cathlab.com/ is an engrossing website that focuses on Interventionists by combining an enormous database, interactive media and the world wide web. The site has sections on education, organizations, publications etc. The section on companies at http://www.cathlab.com/companies/ is a handy and useful database comprising of the makers of angioplasty balloons, catheters, contrast media, guide wires, stents etc

4. PTCA Angioplasty Home Page at http://www.ptca.org is an interactive site that features News: late-breaking news available online, Forum : a discussion area on a wide range of topics, Interview with pioneers in interventional cardiology. The Videos section is "an visual archive of clips, containing exclusive interview material with Andreas Gruentzig, dramatic narratives about the first angioplasty, the "accidental" invention of coronary angiography; all clips are available in the Real Video format for instant "streaming". An exceptionally good set of links are at hand at http://www.ptca.org/links.html

5. Vascular Disease Foundation at
http://www.vdf.org/ dealing with the all-important condition of peripheral arterial disease which clearly is underdiagnosed and undertreated. The site has numerous features such as information on Peripheral Arterial Disease and smoking. A set of recommended links is accessible at http://www.vdf.org/links_Frame.htm

6. Legs For Life at http://www.legsforlife.org "is a national screening program for peripheral vascular disease (PVD) dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of the community. Legs For Life is supported by the American Radiological Nurses Association (ARNA), the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN), and the Cardiovascular Radiology Council of the American Heart Association". Additionally, the site has facts about abdominal aortic aneurysm and "Know Your Risk for PVD"

7. Dotter Interventional Institute
at http://www.ohsu.edu/dotter/ has a variety of features. One such area is the New technology in Interventional that features Fibroid Embolization, Endoluminal Treatment of AAA, Carotid Stenting and TIPS

8. Intravascular Imaging
is accessible at http://www.remedica.com/ii/us/ii/index.html Offered free from Remedica Publishing, Ltd, a mandatory registration is required. "This journal, which is read by more than 10,000 clinicians worldwide, is designed as a guide to the now extensive but often dispersed literature on vascular investigation available to interventional clinicians." The editorial team reviews significant articles on intravascular imaging topics. Similarly, Interventionalist and Interventional News at http://www.interventionalist.org is a product of a landmark collaboration between the SCVIR (North America) and CIRSE (Europe), "created to enhance interdisciplinary communication, to deliver up-to-date articles on new developments, and provide news and information to the interventional community around the world".

9. The Interventional Neuroradiology Service
at Wake Forest University School of Medicine is highlighted at http://www.rad.bgsm.edu/interventionneurorad/Intervent_neurorad.htm . The site offers information on a full array of the advanced and innovative minimally invasive therapeutic procedures for disorders of the central nervous system. Illustrations of typical procedures such as aneurysm embolization coils or with balloons, arteriovenous malformation and tumor embolisation, carotid and vertebral artery angioplasty and stenting, vertebroplasty, carotid cavernous fistulas and emergency stroke therapy are all featured.

10. The official portals of few of the Manufacturers Of Interventional Hardware Materials is exclusively available at Bard at http://www.bardaccess.com/ , Boston Scientific at http://www.bsci.com/scimed/ , Cook Group at http://www.cookgroup.com/ and Terumo at http://www.terumomedical.com/default.asp?dest=interventional . A remarkable feature describing the Seldinger Revolution is available from Cook Group at http://www.cookgroup.com/history/innovators.html.

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