October 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (ESR, Vienna) – In view of an intensified collaboration with the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS), the European Society of Radiology (ESR) has decided to enhance its annual meeting with the aim of making it the essential European meeting for radiographers too.

A steady rise in the number of radiographers attending the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), and in particular their enthusiastic feedback, has led the ESR to offer more to cater especially to their needs and make the ECR the annual meeting and the place to be for all radiographers from 2017 onwards. The greatly expanded scientific programme reflects this development: nine Refresher Courses, two Professional Challenges sessions (both about different aspects of the significance of teamwork between radiologists and radiographers), and one Special Focus session about the role of radiographers in paediatric imaging constitute the core of this programme. A dedicated Pros & Cons session on ultrasound service, and the EFRS Workshop, organised by the European Federation of Radiographer Societies and dealing with authorship and reviewing, will add to the diversity of the sessions on offer. The ‘EFRS meets’ session, which has been a regular part of the congress for the last four years, will feature Belgium as its guest country at ECR 2017, with the Association des Professionnels en Imagerie Médicale and the Vereniging Medisch Beeldvormers presenting radiographers’ achievements in their home country.

The ESR’s well-established ‘Rising Stars’ programme, which has aimed to reach trainee radiographers from the very beginning, has added the EFRS Radiographers’ Basic Session to its programme. The Voice of EPOS, the ECR’s platform for poster authors to present their work in moderated poster sessions, will also offer a separate session for radiographers for the first time.

“We have learned from discussions with numerous radiographers in various countries that one major obstacle for radiographers who want to attend the ECR is the language barrier,” explained Katrine Riklund, Chair of the ESR Board of Directors. “I am happy to announce that the ESR Board has therefore decided to offer simultaneous translations into four languages (German, Italian, Polish and Spanish) for the majority of radiographer sessions, for the first time at ECR 2017.”

As an additional bonus the ESR is offering all its radiographer members special reduced ECR 2017 registration fees for a limited time. For only €99 radiographers can enjoy the abundance of options the ECR offers its attendees; the rich scientific programme (for which one can obtain up to 28 CME points), the fascinating honorary lectures, the beautiful opening ceremony and the overall unique atmosphere of the ESR’s annual meeting, which is cherished by professionals in radiology, technology and medical physics from all over the world.

“We are very glad about the enhanced cooperation with the ESR and the new possibilities we can therefore offer to all radiographers,” stated Hakon Hjemly, EFRS President. “Together we will strive to make the European Congress of Radiology the ultimate place for science, education and networking for radiographers. Teamwork has always been the essence of our common daily routine, and I am certain that the joint efforts of the ESR and the EFRS will greatly benefit radiologists, radiographers and in particular our patients, whose welfare lies at the centre of our work.”

ECR 2017 will take place March 1–5, 2017 in Vienna. Online registration has been open since September 1 and the Preliminary Programme is available on the ESR website.