ESR Education, Science & Research - February 2020
ECR 2020 Highlights ESR Star
New "Trending Topic" session on imaging coronavirus disease

The ESR will hold a late-breaking ‘trending topic session’ at ECR 2020 about the novel coronavirus! The session will take place on Thursday, March 12, 17:45-18:45 in Room C and will feature a multidisciplinary team of experts who have first-hand experience in imaging and treating patients infected with COVID-19.

Find the session programme here



My Thesis in 3 Minutes & Clinical Trials in Radiology

ECR 2020 will once again feature two popular session formats: the My Thesis in 3 minutes (MyT3) session challenges speakers to share their research thesis in just three minutes. The Clinical Trial in Radiology (CTiR) sessions will present recent trials which will soon have an impact on clinical practice. To have a clear vision for radiology’s future, you should not miss these!

Hands-on Workshops on MRI and ultrasound

Test your skills while simultaneously adopting the latest techniques in ultrasound and MRI in a new and interactive way. The ECR 2020 hands-on workshops will cover not only the most important areas of ultrasound use in radiology, but also the topics MRI of the prostate and MRI of the pelvic floor.



Education ESR Star
Eurorad Teaching Case of the month

An asymptomatic 50-year-old man who has a chest x-ray performed for a clinical checkup. Blood tests were normal. 
What's the diagnosis?

Read the whole teaching case on Eurorad, the largest peer-reviewed collection of radiological case reports.

Read more here
European School of Radiology (ESOR)

Scholarship and Fellowship application opens on February 24
The available programmes offer 3-month scholarships or fellowships dedicated to a specific subspecialty topic and are carried out in the second half of 2020 at renowned European institutions. The Visiting Scholarship Programme is aimed at residents (training years 3-5) whilst the Exchange Programme for Fellowships is applicable to recent board-certified radiologists.
Application opens on February 24 and the deadline is March 16.

CARDIAC MR IMAGING course, June 18-19, 2020 (Thessaloniki/GR)
Training level: Senior residents, subspecialists and recent board-certified radiologists.
Special focus: In-depth view into modern applications of cardiac MRI in clinical practice, including topics from coronary artery disease and the use of stress MR techniques to differential diagnosis of cardiomyopathies, congenital and valvular heart disease, as well as tumours and tumour-like lesions. The course will offer a combination of didactic lectures and interactive case-based discussions. Click here for more information.

Comparison of CT and MR imaging in ischemic stroke (Education on Demand - free course of the month)

The ESR’s e-learning platform offers courses for all topics and training levels. Course types include video or slide-based courses, self assessment and literature-based courses, like our free course of the month which is dedicated to the comparison of CT and MR imaging in ischemic stroke. Click here to take this literature course for free.

Education on Demand Premium (320+ courses and CME accredited) can be subscribed to via the ESR myUserArea.

Science ESR Star
ESR and ERS advocate for organised lung cancer screening in Europe

The ESR and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) have published a joint statement containing a contemporary, non-systematic review of the literature and common practice in lung cancer screening (LCS). The publication is another crucial milestone in the promotion of expanded LCS programmes in Europe. Read the paper here. (Eur Radiol)

Vascular anomalies of the head and neck: what a radiologist needs to know

This comprehensive review summarizes the imaging findings of the vascular anomalies in the head and neck region (vascular tumors and vascular malformations). It also discusses the revised International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies classification system for these lesions and presents the key role of imaging in the diagnosis and the subsequent appropriate treatment. (Insights Imaging)

Dixon technique in spine MRI

This study provides evidence that spine MRI could be limited to a single, sagittal, FSE T2-weighted Dixon sequence in the work-up of patients with non-specific lower back pain and/or lumbar radiculopathy, giving the same information as a standard, time consuming  protocol. (Eur Radiol)

Radiomic features in the characterization of enhancing foci on breast MRI

Machine learning associated with radiomics showed a high diagnostic accuracy in distinguishing malignant from benign enhancing foci on breast MRI and could support the radiologist in the clinical decision making process. Read more here. (Eur Radiol Exp)

Intelligent networks help clinics cooperate

Due to the exponential growth of data volumes in mammography, the importance of powerful technological tools has increased along with it. In southern Denmark, a network of hospitals uses an intelligent network infrastructure to facilitate cooperation between numerous clinics. Read more about the impact these networks are having on hospitals and patients alike on the ESR AI blog.

MR Elastography in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

This study investigates the accuracy of multifrequency 3D MR elastography with shear waves, delivered at different frequencies, in diagnosing and assessing disease activity in individuals with early nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) undergoing bariatric surgery. The fat fraction obtained from MRI correlated with histologic NASH and is a promising alternative to liver biopsy. (Hepatology)

CT measured ventricular size in asthma patients

The cardiac ventricular volumes measured on CT showed a relationship with asthma severity and the rate of exacerbations in this prospective study. (Chest) 

Research ESR Star
Life of P: will it survive?

Like the protagonist of the Academy Award-winning movie Life of Pi, the hallmark of frequentist statistics, the P value, will most likely survive, albeit maybe with some scars. Here is a challenge to refresh your memories of this fantastic movie and to come up with an understanding of where you stand with respect to P! We invite all ESR members to participate in a survey on the interpretation of P value.

Visit also the Coffee & Talk Session on Thursday, March 12, 08:30-09:15 to learn more about the "Life of P" and the survey. 

Funding Opportunities in Imaging Research

The European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) offers several professional support services, including guidance in identifying European funding opportunities for your project idea in the field of biomedical imaging. For a continuous up-to-date overview of relevant open and upcoming calls, visit the EIBIR website.