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January 25, 2010

The Society of Interventional Radiology Engages Astute For Proctored, Timed Exam Module

RESTON, VA, January 25, 2010 – The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) recently engaged Astute Technology to build a customized implementation of Astute's Net.SCORE online testing and certification platform to support the society's mission of providing premier online education and credit tracking to its constituents. As part of the engagement, Astute upgraded its proctored and timed exam module to support SIR's critically important new initiative: the CLOTS (Catheter Lysis of Thromboembolic Stroke) course. This five-day didactic course – designed with lectures, panel discussions, teaching files, case scenarios and hands-on interaction with flow models – was intended for physicians with ACGME training and experience in the fundamentals of neuroimaging, catheter-directed cerebral angiography, and peripheral or neuro subselective endovascular catheter-directed therapy who were seeking to incorporate acute ischemic stroke care into their practice and/or upgrade their knowledge and skill base.

The course culminates with a timed and proctored exam to document mastery of the content delivered at the course. Astute Technology built the exam platform allowing for a robust proctor interface to track exam progress and to pause and resume the exam, along with zoom capabilities for interpreting radiology images and the ability to present a series of questions associated with individual cases and images. The Astute Timed Exam module is built using the latest Microsoft Silverlight technology, which allows for a download of the exam and all associated images on each user's computer (both Mac and PC compatible) so that the exam is run locally, preventing any wait time issues during use.

The feedback from the SIR staff and participating physicians was phenomenal. "We were thrilled with the quality of the Astute Exam module," said Jackie Cochran McCombs, SIR's eLearning Manager. "Our participating physicians found it extremely user-friendly and these capabilities allow SIR to deliver more value by utilizing state-of-the-art technology in SIR's educational programs."

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