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What is the CAIR initiative

The CAIR Initiative is a multi-stakeholder endeavor aimed at making patient friendly, minimally invasive, Interventional Radiology treatments widely accessible to Canadian patients.

Interventional radiology, a sub-speciality of radiology, encompasses leading-edge cost effective procedures which often replace surgery and are generally easier for the patient because they involve less risk, less pain, shorter hospital stay and shorter recovery time.

The practice of IR in Canada significantly lags other countries, such as France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and the US. The CAIR Initiative aims to bridge that gap through (a) raising awareness of the benefits of IR with patient groups, healthcare professionals, decision makers and the general public and (b) lifting the hurdles that stand in the way of greater access for Canadian patients to IR treatments.