ECR 2013: The Annual Meeting of European Congress of Radiology

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR), the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR,) will take place at the Austria Center Vienna from March 7–11. It will boast a  thoroughly educational programme, complemented by a fascinating technical exhibition and unrivalled levels of interactivity.

All eyes are on Vienna as the ECR, the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), is about to take place. The five-day conference, presided this year by ESR President Prof. Gabriel P. Krestin from Rotterdam and Congress President  Prof. José Ignacio Bilbao from Pamplona, will address major issues in radiology and present the latest advances in imaging, in order to help delegates face current professional and economic requirements in their field.

With 20,000 participants from 100 countries, the ECR is the largest radiological meeting in Europe. It is characterised by its constant strive for excellence and innovation, with a keen eye for emerging trends and a fine selection of internationally-acclaimed speakers.

ECR 2013 will set equally high standards with a wide-ranging scientific programme, by featuring three Categorical Courses: the ‘Never Without Arteries’ course on common and frequent clinical vascular questions, the  ‘Urogenital Imaging’ course and the  ‘Oncologic Imaging: Follow-Up of Systemic and Local Therapies’ course, which will present radiological findings and areas of research within this challenging field.

The number of Mini Courses on the ‘Beauty of Basic Knowledge’ has been doubled after successful runs in 2011 and 2012. They will focus on head and neck, as well as musculoskeletal imaging. New Refresher Courses and three State of the Art Symposia – on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of the abdomen, evaluation of response in haematological malignancy and imaging of impingement syndromes – will also take place.

In order to promote a multidisciplinary approach to cancer detection and treatment, ECR 2013 will include three multidisciplinary sessions on managing patients with cancer, inviting radiologists, surgeons and oncologists to share their expertise. These specialists will focus on cholangiocarcinoma, colorectal liver metastases and hepatocellular carcinoma.

The congress will also offer a large number of interactive lectures and discussion-based sessions, to boost communication and participation among the audience. The ‘European Excellence in Education – E3’ programme will include fourteen 90-minute sessions, which will cover all the major aspects of imaging. The Foundation Course will focus on neuroimaging, and, as in previous years, it will be followed by a self-assessment test using an electronic voting system (keypads).

Building strong cooperation with radiological societies worldwide is the cornerstone of the ‘ESR Meets’ programme, which sees three different national radiological societies exchange knowledge each year. At ECR 2013, Chile, South Africa and Spain will be invited to present their latest scientific achievements in dedicated sessions. Dialogue with other medical disciplines is an equally important aspect of the programme, and the European-African Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association will take part in joint sessions to strengthen links between professionals. For the first time, a partner society will also be given the opportunity to participate during the traditional ‘ESR meets’ country programme, and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) will host the session ‘EFRS meets Spain’, underlining the essential role of radiographers in medical imaging. ECR 2013 will also give a platform to radiographers through a dedicated Special Focus Session on ultrasound

To extend access to the congress, most sessions will be broadcast live via web streams, which will be accessible via the ESR website free of charge. This initiative aims to broaden the reach of the congressand make some of its highlights available to ‘virtual delegates’ throughout the world.

Delegates at the congress will also be kept informed of social and congress activities via large screens displaying Twitter and Facebook posts and updates by fellow attendees, as well as interviews with prominent radiologists.

The technical exhibition, the largest in Europe, is one of the main attractions of the meeting. A total of 26,000m² of exhibition space will host more than 300 companies from the world of medical imaging, who will showcase their latest products and services.

To make their stay in the Austrian capital even more pleasant, delegates are invited to use special services provided by the ESR. A wide-ranging selection of cultural recommendations, including concerts, exhibitions, opera and theatrical productions is available on the ESR website and in the ESR Arts & Culture Brochure, which delegates are invited to pick up at a dedicated booth in the entrance hall.

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