Patients in Focus

Inspired by the ECR 2022 motto 'Building Bridges', next year's congress will feature Patients in Focus, an exclusive programme dedicated to the biggest stakeholder in medical imaging — the patient. Through a mixture of headline sessions, open discussions and brand-new session formats, this series will focus on exploring and enhancing the relationship between medical imaging professionals and patients.

Patients in Focus will feature inspirational and insightful talks from patients, radiologists, and radiographers, as well as clinicians and representatives from other medical disciplines. It will highlight the critical role radiology has in the healthcare continuum whilst seeking to pinpoint exactly what patients want from their doctors and how our care for them can be improved.

The programme will be held in both the Austria Center and the Donau City Church (Donau-City-Strasse 2, 1220 Vienna). All sessions and events held in the church, from March 3-5 are free-of-charge and open to the public. All sessions held in the Austria Center are accessible to registered attendees of ECR 2022 only.

View the full programme on ESR Connect now.


The programme is being coordinated by Erik Briers and Caroline Justich in collaboration with the ESR Patient Advisory Group.

Erik Briers


BEaccepted is an upcoming patient awareness campaign offering information and resources to female patients diagnosed with cancer. The campaign will provide advice on common problems and will cover everything a patient needs to know to optimize their life with cancer. BEaccepted will not only offer guidance to female cancer patients, but also to radiologists, acting as a tool to help them prepare patients when they are first diagnosed, as well as offering advice on optimising workflow, improving patient communication, and presenting various treatments.

The campaign will include the distribution of a publication featuring health and lifestyle advice and news, as well as the launch of a patient avatar and website to help diagnosed women stay on track and become active patients. Information will be presented in a lifestyle magazine format to help create an accessible and positive reading experience.

BEaccepted will be launched at ECR 2022 on Friday, March 4 as part of the Patients in Focus programme. Featuring a combination of special talks, interactive exhibits and heathy refreshments, the event promises to be a unique learning experience for patients and medical professionals alike.

The BEaccepted launch will be free of charge and open to congress attendees and the public*.

Please note, that the event will be held in German.

BEaccepted was founded by Ms. Caroline Justich and Ms. Judith Tscheppe and is proudly supported by the European Society of Radiology.

* Subject to presentation of a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate according to the regulations of the Austrian authorities at the time of the event. 

Special highlights

Official Opening of Patients in Focus
Thursday, March 3 – 16:00 - 18:00

The official opening of the Patients in Focus programme at ECR 2022 will provide a preview of what is to come over the course of the rest of the event, asking if the patient really is in focus and looking to see how communication between doctor and patient can be improved.


Friday, March 4 – 11:00-16:30

The BEaccepted launch will feature a full day of special talks, interactive exhibits and heathy refreshments and promises to be a unique learning experience for patients and medical professionals alike. All sessions on this day will be held in German.


Virtueller Besuch in der Radiologischen Abteilung, Alles, was Sie schon immer über Radiologie wissen wollten
Saturday, March 5 – 16:00-17:00

The final session of Patients in Focus is aimed at local patients from Vienna wishing to learn more about radiology and its relevance to the patient during their care. Led by a group of experienced Austrian radiologists, this session will feature an exclusive virtual visit to a radiology department. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask real radiologists any questions they might have about radiology or healthcare.


All Patients in Focus sessions held in the Donau City Church are free-of-charge and open to the public.


We look forward to seeing you there.