December 2016


The annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology will promote science and innovation on March 1–5, 2017, in Vienna, Austria.

Vienna, December 2016 (ESR) – The latest results and trends in medical imaging will be unveiled during the 29th European Congress of Radiology (ECR) at the Austria Center Vienna in March. Over 25,000 delegates from more than 100 countries are expected for the conference.

The central theme of ECR 2017 is ‘youth’, and this focus on the young(er) age group is reflected throughout the programme of the entire meeting. The new generation of radiologists demands high-quality education, delivered in an efficient and understandable way (‘customer-friendly’).

Professor Paul M. Parizel, from Antwerp, Belgium, the first one to occupy the new position of combined ESR/ECR President, is looking forward to various highlights at ECR 2017. “It is hard to choose on an individual basis, because the ECR 2017 Programme Planning Committee is committed to bringing something for everyone. The European Excellence in Education (E3) ECR Academies will include sessions on spinal imaging (combined neuroradiological/musculoskeletal approach), abdominal imaging, ultrasound, and, last but not least, Interactive Teaching Sessions. Other E3 highlights include The Beauty of Basic Knowledge, and the European Diploma Prep Sessions. In addition, as President, I hope that ECR 2017 will also be remembered for the grand opening ceremony, the honorary lectures, the social events, and most of all for the spirit of friendship and conviviality.”

Joint sessions and collaborations with other societies and partner disciplines have played an important role in the ECR’s recent history and will do so again in 2017. Amongst others the ESR will have combined sessions with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) on continuing medical education (CME), accreditation and certification, the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) on multicentre clinical oncological trials, and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) on radiomics and imaging databases for precision radiation oncology.

The strong relationship between the ESR and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) has had a strong impact on the scientific programme further strengthening this ongoing collaboration. “Much more than other disciplines and specialties in medicine, radiology is teamwork. The team consists of certified radiologists, residents/registrars in training, radiographers, nurses, physicists, technical support staff, managers, etc. The quality of our performance depends on the strength of the entire team. This is why I am so happy that the ECR collaborates closely with radiographers, and the scientific programme for 2017 will reflect this growing symbiotic relationship,” said the ESR President.

The European Federation of Radiographer Societies will also host its own ‘meets’ session for radiographers, in conjunction with representatives of the Association des Professionnels en Imagerie Médicale (APIM) and the Vereniging Medisch Beeldvormers (VMBv).

The meeting will also offer a glimpse into the future of radiology through its New Horizons Sessions, which will focus on hyperpolarised MRI, imaging biobanks and the increasing clinical impact of MR/PET.

There will be three State of the Art Symposia, ten Professional Challenges Sessions, 19 Special Focus Sessions, more than 70 Refresher Courses and four multidisciplinary sessions, which feature radiologists, oncologists, gynaecologists and surgeons involved in the interdisciplinary treatment of patients.

After its introduction and major success at last year’s congress, the Voice of EPOS™ will again offer a platform for poster authors to present their work in a moderated poster session to an international audience at ECR 2017. In addition to organ-based topics, the Voice of EPOS™ will feature new exciting sessions such as computer applications, molecular imaging, physics in radiology, radiographers and radioprotection. In over 20 dedicated country sessions authors will present their posters in their native language to strengthen the exchange within the communities and serve a multilingual and international audience.

To make it more widely accessible, the ECR will broadcast nearly every lecture via live web streams on ECR Live, a service delegates have used increasingly since its introduction four years ago. Lectures will also be available to watch on demand afterwards. This option will make it possible for delegates who are not able to attend a session in person to catch up on its content afterwards.

Another popular feature of the ECR, the ‘ESR meets’ programme, which sees three national radiological societies invited to the congress, will feature Belgium, Peru and the USA as the programme’s guest countries.

“I am very excited about the meeting with the USA. This session is organised in close collaboration with the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). With ‘ESR meets Peru’, I am inviting an important South American country, with a long history and a magnificent pre-Columbian civilisation. The session will allow us to become familiar with radiologists in Peru; in addition, our Peruvian colleagues have promised to teach us about the role of x-rays in Peruvian history research. The session ‘ESR meets Belgium’ will focus on the important role of radiology in acute conditions, and I am confident that the interludes will offer a typically Belgium flavour of history, humour, food and drink,” said Prof. Parizel.

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The ECR is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), which represents more than 69,300 radiologists worldwide. The ECR is one of the largest medical congresses in the world, attracting more than 25,000 congress participants. With 300 companies exhibiting across more than 26,000m², its exhibition is also one of the largest medical exhibitions in Europe.

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