The European Society of Radiology is at the forefront of advancing patient care and ensuring that individuals receive the help they need through the field of radiology. With a dedicated focus on promoting research, education, and innovation in medical imaging, the ESR plays a crucial role in improving patient outcomes across Europe.
What the Statue Represents in Our Patient Section
As the captivating visual centrepiece for our patient section, we have chosen a female statue in a self-protecting pose that undergoes distortion before ultimately returning to its original form. This image carries several layers of meaning. Disease and illness can distort one’s perception of oneself, as symbolized by the statue’s movement.
It also represents the body being out of balance. The depiction of the body in slices is reminiscent of cross-sectional MRI images, emphasizing the crucial role of radiology in the patient’s journey to health. The choice of a statue was deliberate, as statues are typically erected to honour heroes, and each patient’s journey to recovery is a courageous one. In the end, the statue is reassembled, symbolizing the patient’s transformation into their own hero.
NEWS FROM THE ESR PATIENT ADVISORY GROUP
In 2013, the European Society of Radiology established the ESR Patient Advisory Group (ESR-PAG), enhancing their communication with patient groups. Comprised of dedicated patient ambassadors and imaging professionals, the ESR-PAG gives patients a distinct voice in medical imaging. These members emphasize the importance of greater patient involvement.
FAQs for patients
Through the link provided below, patients can access answers to frequently asked questions about their radiological procedures. This resource is a part of the ESR EuroSafe Imaging initiative, which strives to enhance the quality and safety of medical imaging and improve information for patients. Further information is added regularly.
BE ACCEPTED – FOR FEMALE PATIENTS
“Be Accepted” is a campaign led by Caroline Justich, Chair of ESR-PAG, and supported by the ESR. It provides comprehensive support to women diagnosed with cancer, accompanying them throughout their entire journey. This initiative not only improves patient communication and workflow for radiologists but also benefits all medical specialists by ensuring patients are well-informed and prepared.
A day in the life of patients and imaging professionals
Read interesting stories of patients describing a day in their life battling disease and imaging professionals giving insight into their day-to-day work.
A day in the life of an MS patient.
When weekdays feel like weird Sundays sometimes …
Some weeks ago, everything was ok. I lived a normal life. With MS. I travelled, worked, was in touch with other people, was active and sometimes a little bit stressed. But life was good. Then corona arrived and with it the restrictions and new rules for us all. Not easy for some people and lots of questions came up. Panic was there and people started to hoard food and other things.
It seemed that the most important thing at first was to have enough toilet paper, then anxiety and worries found their way. Patients were especially worried about their treatments, care and doctor visits. The whole situation is overwhelming for all of us and for some really dramatic. We can see that in the news.
My life with MS now …
Patients in focus
The Patients in Focus programme, organised with the ESR Patient Advisory Group (PAG), took place at the European Congress of Radiology 2022. With the goal of enhancing patient-doctor communication, the programme featured 15 sessions attended by patients, radiologists, radiographers, and representatives from various medical disciplines. The event was open to the public and included social events, interviews, and e-posters created by radiologists and patients. Access to all Patients in Focus and Be Accepted sessions is available for free on ESR Connect on-demand.
Watch sessions now:
Here you can find links to factsheets from the SINFONIA project, which is coordinated by the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research
(EIBIR). The factsheets cover three different topics: diagnostic radiology, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine, specifically aimed at the general
public and patients.
Hospital links to patient information
With the help of the ESR’s member societies, we have identified a number of European hospitals that provide patient information on radiological procedures and methods on their websites. The ESR takes no responsibility for third party content or external websites.