March 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (ECR) – Hybrid imaging with PET/CT and PET/MR is becoming increasingly crucial in the routine staging of oncologic disease, treatment planning, early treatment evaluation, and follow up. With ECR 2016 President, Professor Katrine Riklund, being licensed in both radiology and nuclear medicine, it is easy to guess, that one of the key aspects of the ECR 2016 programme will be hybrid imaging.

The combination of molecular, biochemical, and structural information that hybrid imaging has to offer is more useful than the information provided by each technique on its own, and can help to optimise the management of cancer patients, particularly those suffering from solid cancers and lymphoma, explained Riklund, assistant head of the department of radiation sciences, chief physician of the nuclear medicine department and director of the medical school at Umeå University.

Radiotracers are crucial for PET, since the tracer defines which function, receptor or biochemical process is being measured. The protocols used for CT and MRI define the quality and type of information gained by these modalities. In hybrid imaging it is therefore of utmost importance to both select the correct tracers as well as to optimise the examining protocol for each disease.

“To underline the importance of hybrid imaging, the ESR Executive Council decided in May 2015 to establish the European Society of Hybrid Medical Imaging (ESHI) as a subspecialty society under the umbrella of the European Society of Radiology (ESR). The society has been created with the aim of improving training in hybrid imaging so that its practitioners can make the best use of PET/CT and PET/MR for the benefit of patients,” said Riklund.

The focus is on ensuring the optimal use of hybrid imaging to provide the best patient care, and to establish a collaborative relationship between radiology and nuclear medicine. It is important to take advantage of both structural and molecular information in each examination and with continuous education most hybrid examinations should be read by only a single specialist in the future.

The society welcomes all physicians, scientists and professionals with an interest in hybrid medical imaging. ESHI will be officially inaugurated at the ECR 2016.

The founding Board of ESHI is as follows:
Katrine Riklund, Umeå/SE – President
Osman Ratib, Geneva/CH – Vice President
Thomas Beyer, Vienna/AT – Treasurer
Gerald Antoch, Düsseldorf/DE
Andrea Laghi, Rome/IT
Ex officio: President of the European Society of Molecular and Functional Imaging in Radiology (ESMOFIR) – Olivier Clément, Paris/FR

Katrine Riklund: Deputy head of the department of radiation sciences and director of the medical school at Umeå University; Radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist at Umeå University Hospital, Sweden; ECR 2016 Congress President


Sunday, March 6, 08:30–10:00, Room C

Joint Session of the ESR and ESHI (European Society for Hybrid Medical Imaging) Medical hybrid imaging
Chairpersons: K. Riklund (Umea/SE) and L. Donoso Bach (Barcelona/ES)

  • Introduction
    L. Donoso Bach; Barcelona/ES
  • The aims of the new society
    K. Riklund; Umea/SE
  • Training of hybrid physicians
    G. Antoch; Düsseldorf/DE
  • The beauty of physics in hybrid imaging
    T. Beyer; Vienna/AT
  • Functional hybrid imaging: 1+1 = 3?
    O. Clément; Paris/FR
  • Practical challenges of hybrid imaging in clinical practice
    O. Ratib; Geneva/CH
  • Discussion