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 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 myESR.org 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.
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.