ESR@Work Edition June 2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 10:00


ESR Community News

Introducing the new ESR President, Professor Guy Frija, and the new Executive Council members

ECR Today spoke to Professor Guy Frija at ECR 2013, who explained how the ESR should address the challenges raised by the explosion of ‘omics’ data and the advent of personalised medicine. Read the interview.

Professor Valentin Sinitsyn also spoke to ECR Today and shared his thoughts in an interview after becoming the new Congress Committee Chairman.

Five further positions within the ESR Executive Council have also recently been filled and the European Board of Radiology has gained a new Scientific Director. Meet them all here.

Update on European Affairs

Find out about the latest developments regarding the Alliance for MRI and the ESR’s involvement in the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive, here.

ESR membership application

Application for ESR membership is open until August 28. Renew your membership or join now to take advantage of a whole host of great member benefits. Visit the ESR membership page.

ECR News

ECR 2014 Abstract Submission opens soon!

Abstract submission for scientific papers and electronic posters (EPOSTM) will begin, as usual, on July 5. Submission of student abstracts will be possible from June 30. Keep an eye on for further details.

Invest in the Youth

Application for the Invest in the Youth programme for ECR 2014 opens on July 5. The programme offers free ECR registration, hotel accommodation and public transport to successful applicants, who must be ESR members and submitters of an abstract. More details will be announced soon.

Publications and Statements

Organisation and practice of radiological ultrasound in Europe: a survey by the ESR Working Group on Ultrasound
Volume 4 (2013), published online May 29, DOI: 10.1007/s13244-013-0257-5

Patient communication, confidentiality and consent: radiology policy and practice in Europe. A survey by the European Society of Radiology
Volume 4 (2013) Number 2 (Apr), p.153-156, DOI: 10.1007/s13244-013-0236-x

ESR statement on the stepwise development of imaging biomarkers
Volume 4 (2013) Number 2 (Apr), p.147-152, DOI: 10.1007/s13244-013-0220-5

ESR communication guidelines for radiologists
Volume 4 (2013) Number 2 (Apr), p.143-146, DOI: 10.1007/s13244-013-0218-z


Results of Initial Low-Dose Computed Tomographic Screening for Lung Cancer
(published in the NEJM)

The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) proved that screening with low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) instead of chest radiography can reduce mortality rates from lung cancer, one of the biggest causes of cancer-related mortality. This article describes the screening process, diagnosis, and treatment results from the first round of screening within the NLST.

Cancer risk in 680,000 people exposed to computed tomography scans in childhood or adolescence: data linkage study of 11 million Australians
(published in the BMJ)

This cancer risk assessment in an Australian study cohort showed that overall cancer incidence was 24% higher for children and adolescents exposed to low dose ionising radiation from computed tomography (CT) than for patients who were not exposed. Australian Medicare records from 1985–2005 were analysed for this study, and although radiation doses from current CT scans are likely to be lower, a slight increase in cancer risk due to exposure is still possible.

Post-mortem MRI versus conventional autopsy in fetuses and children: a prospective validation study
(published in The Lancet)

400 cases were analysed to evaluate the use of post-mortem MRI as a possible alternative to conventional autopsy for the detection of major pathological lesions associated with death. MRI findings, alone or in combination with minimally invasive autopsy, prove to be roughly as accurate as conventional autopsy.

Upcoming Meetings

June will be an extremely busy month in terms of radiological meetings. The annual scientific meeting of the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology takes place in Marbella, Spain, from June 13 to 15, followed by the 2nd annual meeting of the European Society of Emergency Radiology in Milan, Italy, on June 20 and 21, and the International EuroPACS Meeting on June 26–29 in Heidelberg, Germany. The month is rounded off by the OIC Oncologic Imaging Course in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on June 27–29. Highlights later in the year include the ESMRMB annual scientific meeting in Toulouse, France; the annual Management in Radiology meeting in Nice, France, and the 2nd European Symposium on Focused Ultrasound Therapy in Rome, Italy.

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Selfmed Medical Scheme Press Release

Friday, 10 May 2013 08:46

Dear Members,

Please see the link below for Selfmed's press release 2013

Press Release 9 of 2013 Selfmed (24.25 kB)


HPCSA Media Release - Cautionary notice to healthcare practitioners

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:02

Dear Media

Attached and underneath, please find a media release on the cautionary notice the HPCSA issued today to all healthcare practitioners for your consideration.

HPCSA Media Release - cautionary notice (82.5 kB)


SAMA supports HPCSA in its Africa Health Conference stance

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:34

Correspondence received from SAMA - 19 April 2013:

Med-e-mail 19 April 2013 - Volume 08 No 221- SAMA supports HPCSA in its Africa Health Conference stance

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has welcomed this week’s statement by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) distancing themselves from the upcoming Africa Health Exhibition and Conference based on the strong links the organizers have with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The reason is related to the ongoing “inhumane manner” in which the UAE authorities have handled the case of elderly South African paediatric oncologist, Prof Cyril Karabus.

The stance taken by the HPCSA, the association has noted, serves to reiterate the SAMA position to call for a boycott by doctors and all health professionals of not only working in the UAE but also to withdraw from all UAE-linked organizations or businesses.

“We have just returned from a World Medical Association (WMA) Council meeting in Bali where the WMA issued an advisory to all 102 member associations to warn their members of the risks and legal implications of working in the UAE in the light of the Prof Karabus experience,” SAMA chairperson, Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, said when commenting on the HPCSA stance.

“I am pleased that our stance has been strengthened by our regulatory body, the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), who also announced this week that they have decided to withdraw from the conference and exhibition – not wanting to ‘be associated with the travesty of justice as in this case’.

“We can only agree with these sentiments,” Dr Grootboom added, expressing the hope that Prof Karabus will be on his way home after the second appeal against the withdrawal of his manslaughter charges is heard in Abu Dhabi at month end.


Latest circular from CMS

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 16:05

Latest circular from CMS

Please click on link below to view the latest circular from CMS

Discovery IBM amalgamation (78.47 kB)


Success of the ESR 2013

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 12:11

Dear Member,

The European Society of Radiology (ESR) would like to thank the
Radiological Society of South Africa for its contribution to another successful ECR.

Out of a total of 20,098 ECR 2013 participants,

Please click on link below to view more detail.

Success of ECR 2013 (1) (342.85 kB)


What is Troubling South Africa's Healthcare System?

Friday, 05 April 2013 11:16

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has produced an excellent compilation of views on South Africa's Healthcare system and the proposal for NHI, This is a collection of numerous short articles from just about everyone involved in healthcare. Highly recommended read. Click on the link below to download the document:

CMS News March 2013 (3.7 MB)


Thank you for the success of ECR 2013

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:21

The European Society of Radiology (ESR) would like to thank the
Radiological Society of South Africa for its contribution to another successful ECR.

Out of a total of 20,098 ECR 2013 participants, 40 were professional delegates from South Africa, compared with 22 at ECR 2012. To view the entire list of participation figures by country, please click here.
The ESR looks forward to welcoming your society again at ECR 2014 and attracting a growing number of professionals from your country to join the ESR community.

Success of ECR 2013 (342.85 kB)

With best regards,
the ESR Office


HPCSA Media Release - HPCSA concerned over potential exploitation

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:09

Dear Members,

Attached and underneath, please find a media release on potential exploitation of healthcare practitioners entering into Designated Service Provider and Preferred Provider Network contracts with medical aids, for your consideration.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information.

HPCSA Media Release - Concerns ove exploitation of healthcare practitioners (87 kB)


RSSA Cone Beam CT Workshop

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:00

Dear Members,

Please note that the RSSA CBCT Workshop which will be held on 1 June 2013 in Cape Town is now active on site.

Click on the links below to view flyer and for further information.

Flyer: RSSA Cone Beam CT Worshop (856.27 kB)

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