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Society of Interventional Radiology: Time to rethink varicose veins
Date:2/6/2013

FAIRFAX, Va.The Society of Interventional Radiology, an international organization of doctors, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving public health through minimally invasive, image-guided treatments, joined as a member of the "Rethink Varicose Veins" coalition, an alliance of organizations united to drive public awareness of the risks of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.

"Becoming part of this wide-reaching initiative supports the Society of Interventional Radiology's mission to improve public health through advances in minimally invasive medicine," said SIR President Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., FSIR, who represents the society's nearly 5,000 doctors, scientists and allied health professionals. "The contributions of interventional radiologistsdoctors who are specially trained in performing minimally invasive treatments using imaging guidance, and experts in the treatment of venous insufficiencyto this kind of outreach program are invaluable," said Hicks, the head of the division of diagnostic imaging at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "SIR is committed to developing and maintaining the highest standards of excellence in patient care. Together with the other societies involved, we are pleased to be a part of this campaign to alert the public to the dangers of varicose veins and venous disease," said Hicks.

The "Rethink Varicose Veins" online hub, www.RethinkVaricoseVeins.com, includes tools for individuals, including a way to assess knowledge of vein conditions and a self-assessment for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency risks. Individuals may also search for a vein specialist in their own local area using the physician search feature. "Rethink Varicose Veins" also showcases the story of Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, who underwent a minimally invasive vein treatment and returned to her regu
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Contact: Ellen Acconcia
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Society of Interventional Radiology
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