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The premier journal of vascular and interventional radiology

Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology

JVIR is the official scientific journal of the Society of Interventional Radiology. For more than two decades, this peer-reviewed journal has been the preferred reference of interventional radiologists, radiologists, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons and other clinicians who need current and reliable information on every aspect of vascular and interventional radiology.

Each issue of JVIR covers the most critical and cutting-edge medical, minimally invasive, radiological, pathological and socioeconomic issues of importance to vascular and interventional radiologists. JVIR brings monthly clinical studies, laboratory investigations, commentaries, reports on interventional procedures, devices, or unique anatomic findings, CME articles, book reviews, “extreme” case studies, societal position statements, and standards of practice, as well as a variety of social and multimedia offerings. 

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JVIR news


JVIR announces the web version of the Editors’ Research Highlights.


JVIR welcomes new associate editor Michael Bettmann, MD

Dr. Michael Bettmann is a Professor of Radiology Emeritus at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified in diagnostic radiology with his certificate of added qualifications in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Bettmann completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Ma., followed by a fellowship in interventional radiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.  Before joining the faculty at Wake Forest, Dr. Bettmann served as Associate Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School and as Professor of Radiology at the Dartmouth Medical School.


Dr. Bettmann has served as Visiting Professor at numerous universities in the United States and around the world. He has served on various committees of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the American College of Radiology and the American Heart Association, and as a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Heart Association and from the Society of Abdominal Radiology. Dr. Bettmann's primary research interests are peripheral vascular interventions, iodinated contrast agents, outcomes studies. and clinical imaging guidelines.


JVIR welcomes new associate editor R. Peter Lokken, MD, MPH

Dr. R. Peter Lokken is an Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Division of Interventional Radiology at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago. Dr. Lokken earned his medical degree at the Harvard Medical School and his master's degree in public health as a Zuckerman fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his diagnostic radiology residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and his fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Lokken's primary research interests include investigation of clinical, genetic and immunological factors associated with outcomes of locoregional therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma and other malignancies.

JVIR welcomes new associate editor Mohammad Arabi, MD

Dr. Mohammad Arabi is a consultant interventional radiologist at the King Abdulaziz Medical City and King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital, National Guard Health Affairs, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Arabi earned his medical degree from Damascus University in Syria and completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Arabi received fellowship training in interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and diagnostic neuroradiology at the University of Michigan, and he is American Board Certified in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, and vascular medicine. Dr. Arabi has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists in United Kingdom since 2007 and was awarded a fellowship from the Pan Arab Interventional Radiology Society (PAIRS) in 2017.

Dr. Arabi is the founder and first Editor-in-Chief of The Arab Journal of Interventional Radiology (AJIR) and serves as editor and scientific reviewer of several medical and interventional radiology journals (JVIR, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, the Saudi Medical Journal, the Avicenna Journal of Medicine, and others).

Dr. Arabi’s main areas of interest are venous, transplant, portal hypertension, and oncological interventions.

Announcing the 2018 JVIR fellows

JVIR is pleased to announce the fellows selected for the second annual Ziv Haskal JVIR Editor's Fellowship. Congratulations to Michael Acord, MD, George Koshy Chiramel, MD, Islam Elhelf, MD, and Aaron Maxwell, MD, who will shadow JVIR Editor-in-chief Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR, and meet with others in November to learn about the editor’s role and explore core components of medical publishing. Learn more about the program and international pool of applicants.


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 welcomes new associate editor Aaron Kyle Jones, MD
Dr. Aaron Kyle Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Imaging Physics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Jones earned his Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Florida. He is a board-certified diagnostic medical physicist and a certified imaging informatics professional. He is a recipient of the Farrington Daniels award for the best paper on radiation dosimetry in Medical Physics and is a member of the SIR Health and Safety Committee. Dr. Jones’s primary research interests are related to radiation dose and image quality in interventional radiology.


JVIR welcomes new associate editor Maureen P. Kohi, MD
Maureen P. Kohi, MD, is an associate professor of clinical radiology and chief of interventional radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCFS). Dr. Kohi received her medical degree with honors from the New York Medical College and completed her diagnostic radiology residency at UCSF. While a resident, Dr. Kohi completed a one-year research fellowship as the recipient of the NIH/NIBIB T32 Training Grant. Following her residency, Dr. Kohi completed a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at UCSF, followed by a fellowship in women's imaging at UCSF. She then joined the faculty in the interventional radiology division at UCSF. Read Dr. Kohi’s full bio.

Congratulations to the SIR 2018 JVIR awards recipients
Congratulations to the JVIR 2017 best and outstanding paper awards recipients and the JVIR 2017 top reviewer awards recipients honored at SIR 2018. The paper awards bear a substantial monetary prize, granted by SIR Foundation as acknowledgment of the essential, best-in-class research that is conducted in interventional radiology and published within JVIR


SIR and JVIR premier virtual reality training video
The first-ever virtual reality 360 (VR360) training video showcasing IR in practice premiered during SIR’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles on March 17. The one-hour multisegment movie was a special project of JVIR Editor-in-chief Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR. Read more about the video on SIR’s website. View a segment of the video on YouTube.

JVIR sets another annual manuscript submission record
JVIR hit another record-breaking number of submissions in 2017—1,321. The journal thanks the dedicated volunteer editors and reviewers who continue to ensure its value to the IR research community.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 JVIR Editor's Top and Distinguished Reviewer Awards!
View the full list of award recipients.

Version 7.1 of the JVIR app is now available!
  1. Podcast feed is now available under Multimedia.
  2. References are linked.
  3. WiFi switch can save data by restricting automatic downloads.

Download the app if you don’t have it, or update it here.

Editor’s message to students of IR
In his September editorial, Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR, states that there has never been a better time to become an IR. Read about the exhilarating joys, profound satisfactions and inestimable value of the profession.

From the editor 

This month’s issue features:

  • Editor’s commentary “Support Your Solar System,” which argues why submitting high-quality research to JVIR, IR’s “home” journal, is both an opportunity and a duty.
  • A sea of changes in the SIR Standards documents—the publication in JVIR of “Standards 2.0: Methodology Update” by Tam et al. This essential document is the result of a yearlong review process, as it details a new approach to the development of clinical practice guidelines. Designed to assist IRs in clinical decision making, this update further elevates the Society’s documents to A level of evidence and rigor appropriate for our mature specialty.   

Additional highlights:

  • A report on the 1-year multicenter Sentry IVC filter trial results
  • Radioembolization results for uveal melanoma metastases
  • Drug-eluting embolics for treating desmoid tumors
  • 3D color-coded hepatic arterial flow analyses during TACE
  • A comparison of risks of transhepatic vs. transsplenic approaches to the portal system
  • Arterial recanalization techniques and results in children and QI standards for treating pediatric empyema
  • Articles on nonvascular topics

Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR
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Call for Papers | International Authors

Professor Ziv J Haskal, MD, FSIR, FAHA, FACR thanks the journal's many authors who collaborate and contribute to the journal from over 40 different countries. Visit JVIR’s Global article collection, and  submit your best work for consideration in future issues.

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Join your colleagues in the JVIR Writing Club!

In response to the enormous popularity of the JVIR Writing and Reviewing Workshops held at SIR 2017, JVIR is pleased to announce a monthly online workshop, the "JVIR Writing Club."

In each session, participants will have the opportunity to improve manuscript preparation and writing/review skills, learn about study design and presentation, and learn how to best prepare an article for publication.

We also seek draft manuscripts for discussion. Anonymity will be protected, and the discussion productive and confined to the event. To submit a draft manuscript as an email attachment, register for the session, or ask any questions, please email Our goal is to discuss two to three manuscripts per session.

The May 29 8 p.m. ET session will be specifically geared to members of SIR’s Residents, Fellows and Medical Students Section (RFS). Please register and submit your manuscripts to by May 17 to secure your spot.

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Editor’s choice of the most compelling image from this month’s featured article

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JVIR on the go

The JVIR website is optimized for mobile use on most iOS and Android devices, so enter JVIR’s the journal on the go

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JVIR Trials

JVIR is pleased to announce the launch of the JVIR Trials submission form.

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Have you visited JVIR Access?

JVIR Access is the official blog of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, featuring article summaries and commentary on a variety of VIR topics such as uterine fibroid and prostate embolization, angioplasty, chemoembolization, and endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease. 

Now with "Teaching Topics" from the SIR Residents, Fellows and Students Section!

Visit the JVIR Access blog.