January 2018

The annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) will go under the motto ‘Diverse & United’ aiming at the specialty’s diversity and will promote science and innovation on February 28– March 4, 2018, in Vienna, Austria.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 (ESR/Vienna) - The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) has a worldwide reputation for tackling new challenges and always being open to and even introducing innovations. Over the last years, the ECR always had something new to offer to its participants and this will also be the case in 2018.

Probably the most spectacular of the new ECR entrants will be ‘Interventional Radiology at the Cube’. The programme there is intended to introduce young radiologists to the fascinating subspecialty of interventional radiology, and to provide enhanced knowledge to radiologists who need it in their everyday professional life. Lectures and hands-on workshops focus on interaction with the participants, simulating clinical routine and concentrating on practice-oriented contents. For the new project, rooms in a nearby church have been rented, a contemporary architectural gem in a cuboid form, made of dark chromium steel; hence the term ‘the Cube’.

The ‘Coffee & Talk’ sessions are another new format. In a relaxed atmosphere in one of the Austria Center’s stylish lounges, short lectures and discussions will be offered on topics such as clinical decision support, challenges for department chairs, undergraduate teaching of radiology, radiation protection, and imaging biobanks. Participants are welcomed and encouraged to stop by and contribute to the informal discussions while sipping their coffee or tea.

And last but certainly not least, the new ‘My Thesis in 3 minutes – MyT3’ sessions provide a platform for residents and young radiologists who would like to present their thesis as a first author, in a dynamic and entertaining scientific session. For this format a new location, the Sky High Stage, overlooking the Austria Center and providing a magnificent view of Vienna from the top of the nearby Saturn Tower, has been made available.

The European Congress of Radiology is known for its outstanding scientific programme and high-level radiological education and training.  ECR 2018 will put the focus on the latest and hottest topics in radiology as well as on basic knowledge and training on the highest level.

“The current hot topics in radiology are big data; challenges and risks when dealing with ever larger amounts and varieties of data; artificial intelligence; and radiomics. These are exciting issues that we have to deal with in the near future by recognising the potential these developments have for us in terms of improving the quality of our work and patient care. We need not fear them as threats – I firmly believe that radiologists will always have a pivotal role in both diagnostic and interventional therapeutic patient management. Moreover, I also firmly believe that our specialty will benefit from these developments. Innovations mean advancement – a case in point in radiology is hybrid imaging, which will be another focus at ECR 2018,” ESR President Professor Bernd Hamm from the Charité, Berlin on leading topics at ECR 2018.

Some of those topics will be reflected in the three New Horizon Session, which will focus on machine learning, immunotherapy and radiomics. Another format at ECR 2018 that is gaining significance and is presenting the latest scientific results in radiology are the ‘Clinical Trials in Radiology’ sessions. These sessions are a platform for presenting the most recent prospective studies and results of multicentre trials.

ECR 2018 is also the official medical meeting for all radiographers in Europe and offers a dedicated scientific programme for them. As in previous years, 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. All radiographer sessions held in Room K will be simultaneously translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish.

A fixed point at ECR, since its introduction two years ago, is the Voice of EPOS™, which will again offer a platform for poster authors to present their work in a moderated poster session to an international audience at ECR 2018. In addition to organ-based topics, the Voice of EPOS™ will feature new exciting sessions such as computer applications, molecular imaging, physics in radiology 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 again broadcast nearly every lecture via live web streams on ECR Online, 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.For ECR 2018, ECR Online will offer a special service to colleagues in China: 50 scientists from various Chinese provinces will come to Vienna and translate 500 selected presentations into Mandarin. These presentations will then be available with Mandarin subtitles, on demand, after the congress in China via ECR Online.

Another popular feature of the ECR, the ‘ESR meets’ programme, which sees three national radiological societies invited to the congress, will feature China, Portugal and Switzerland as the programme’s guest countries for 2018.

Besides its urge for innovation and its mission to offer a platform for radiology and education, the European Congress of Radiology has always understood itself as a congress for everyone and not only for radiologists. A mission that is reproduced in the ECR 2018 congress motto ‘Diverse & United’.

“I strongly believe that our specialty has something to offer for all of us and also for future generations of physicians, radiographers and students. However, like in a mosaic, it is the connection of all the pieces that create the big picture. By using this metaphor I wish to express my sincere wish and hope that, despite these different and interesting facets and subspecialties, radiologists should see themselves as a community and join forces to strengthen our specialty in the best interest of our patients,” ESR President Prof. Hamm extends a warm invitation to everyone with an interest in radiology to join the meeting.


The ECR is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), which represents more than 75,500 members 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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