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Find detailed information on all ECR session types, what to expect from them, and further detailed information.
» Beauty of Basic Knowledge Sessions
» Case-Based Diagnosis Training
» Clinical Trials in Radiology
» ECR Academies
» ECR Master Classes
» EFOMP (European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics) Workshop
» ‘ESR meets’ Sessions
» European Diploma Prep Sessions
» European Excellence in Education (E3)
» Headline Sessions
» Industry Workshops
» (Junior) Image Interpretation Quiz
» Mini Course
» Multidisciplinary Sessions
» New Horizons Sessions
» Professional Challenges Sessions
» Pros & Cons Session
» Refresher Courses
» Rising Stars Programme
» Satellite Symposia
» Scientific Sessions
» Special Focus Sessions
» Voice of EPOS™ Sessions (VoE)


Beauty of Basic Knowledge Sessions
The E3 – Beauty of Basic Knowledge programmes focus on knowledge essential to the daily practice of radiology. The format of these sessions reflects the tradition of conventional teaching sessions, in which experienced teachers share their insights into a topic of particular relevance with a group of attendees.
A Beauty of Basic Knowledge session either consists of 45-minute lectures held by one or two speakers (plus 10–15 minutes of discussion per lecture), or two 25-minute lectures and a general discussion. The teaching format is usually case-based, and features some interaction with the attendees.
The content of the sessions is mostly tied to the Level I European Training Curriculum for Radiology (ETC) learning objectives. The Beauty of Basic Knowledge sessions are suited to residents and board-certified radiologists who want to refresh their knowledge in basic topics of imaging and image-guided therapy.

Case-Based Diagnosis Training
The Case-Based Diagnosis Training sessions are popular sessions for general radiologists and residents at the end of their training looking for a simple update on subjects outside of their usual field. The sessions offer an interactive way to test your knowledge in a range of subspecialty areas, with a special interlude. They promise a highly informative and entertaining experience.

Clinical Trials in Radiology
In Clinical Trials in Radiology (CTiR) Sessions, scientific evidence is presented for imaging tests that are very likely to have an impact on the clinical practice of every radiologist in the future. Each of the clinical trials in radiology presented during these two sessions is accompanied by a short lecture. These lectures are given by experts in the respective field and will allow participants to better understand which clinical changes should be made based on the CTiR results.
Session places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

ECR Academies
The E3 – ECR Academies consist of a series of four to six sessions relevant to a particular area of radiology. This may be a classic organ-based field or a technically oriented area of another field related to radiology, such as management. Each ECR Academy spans several days, in which the different facets of the area in question are covered by experts in the field. An ECR Academy is a coherent course in which the different sessions complement one another in order to reflect the entirety of the field.
The ECR Academies are particularly suited to general radiologists or radiologists with a subspecialisation.

ECR Master Classes
The E3 – ECR Master Classes focus on continuous professional development and lifelong learning. The classes are designed for subspecialised radiologists seeking cutting-edge information in their particular fields of interest. They are held by experts in the field and reflect state-of-the-art knowledge, as well as emerging trends.
The ECR Master Classes are offered in cooperation with each of the following subspecialty societies:
CIRSE (one on vascular and one on interventional radiology), ESCR, ESER, ESGAR, ESHNR, ESMOFIR, ESNR, ESOI, ESPR, ESSR, ESTI, ESUR, EUSOBI.

EFOMP (European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics) Workshop
This workshop is the 19th in the series of EFOMP Workshops on new technology in diagnostic radiology. This year’s workshop is entitled ‘Radiation incidents and accidents in medical imaging and their management’. It has been organised by EFOMP in collaboration with the ESR to address the current and future technological requirements for radiology imaging equipment.

‘EFRS meets’ Session
After the enormous success at previous ECRs, which reflected the good relations between the ESR and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS), the EFRS is again hosting a dedicated session. ‘EFRS meets Belgium’ underlines the essential role of radiographers in medical imaging.

‘ESR meets’ Sessions
The purpose of ‘ESR meets’ is to forge closer ties between the ESR and its guest societies. The guest nations of this year’s ECR are Peru, the United States of America and Belgium, as a tribute to the home of ESR President Paul M. Parizel. There are dedicated sessions for the radiological communities of these nations to demonstrate the excellence of radiology in their countries.
Places at these sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

European Diploma Prep Sessions
The E3 – European Diploma Prep Sessions aim to prepare prospective candidates for the European Diploma in Radiology (EDiR).
They are also suitable for residents who want an overview of the various topics relevant to imaging and for those preparing for their national board examinations.
The content of the programme reflects Levels I+II European Training Curriculum for Radiology (ETC) learning objectives across a two-year cycle. The sessions are held in close cooperation with the European Board of Radiology (EBR).
Each of the six sessions is led by three lecturers and moderated by one chairman.

European Excellence in Education (E3)
The E3 programme emphasises the importance of lifelong learning. It covers the entire range of educational issues, from undergraduate medical education to subspecialised continuing professional development. The E3 programme is structured according to the different levels defined by the ESR European Training Curriculum for Radiology.
The E3 programme consists of the following five branches, which reflect the different levels of education in radiology, as well as the different stages of an individual’s professional career: Rising Stars Programme, European Diploma Prep Sessions, The Beauty of Basic Knowledge, ECR Academies, ECR Master Classes.

Headline Sessions
At ECR 2017, the Headline Sessions encompass the Opening Ceremony, including the awarding of Honorary Membership and the Gold Medals; the anniversary sessions for ESOR and European Radiology, the Honorary Lectures by Mauricio Castillo, Fiona J. Gilbert and Mathias Prokop, and the Guest Lecture by Maria de Fátima Vasco Aragão.

Industry Workshops
Industry Workshops are intensive practical sessions organised directly by a particular company or commercial vendor. Classes are conducted on their own state-of-the-art workstations with expert technical support provided by company staff. Participants have the opportunity to learn from experts about using computers and medical devices in the field of radiology and gain first-hand knowledge.
As a registered attendee for the ECR, participation is free of charge.

(Junior) Image Interpretation Quiz
The Image Interpretation sessions, two traditional highlights of every ECR, provide both education and entertainment. Two panels of distinguished radiologists will share their knowledge and diagnosis strategies with you. This year’s themes are ‘There’s a patient behind every interesting case’ and ‘Building our youth for the future’.

Mini Course
ECR 2017 features again the joint course of the ESR and RSNA (Radiological Society of North America), which will this year focus on ‘Hybrid Imaging’. The sessions will be interactive with electronic voting/self assessment.
Places for all courses are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Multidisciplinary Sessions
The concept of these sessions is to promote a multidisciplinary approach to detection and treatment, integrating radiologists and other clinicians to share their expertise.
Places for all courses are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

New Horizons Sessions
The New Horizons Sessions aim to provide practitioners with an overview of the new developments in a specific area of practice, whether it is a subspecialty, a particular technique, or certain diseases. These developments may become routine within a few years, or may indicate a new direction for research and clinical application. Each session is 90 minutes long and features an introduction from a chairman, followed by three or four brief presentations on different aspects of the main subject, and concluded by a panel discussion that will hopefully answer some critical questions.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Professional Challenges Sessions
The idea of these sessions is to communicate and exchange information on professional issues related to radiology, such as training and education, research networking, radiological management and professional developments.
90-minute sessions; introduction by one or two chairmen; three to four lecturers; panel discussion. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pros & Cons Session
The Pros & Cons Session examines a controversial topic in a series of moderated lectures. The session is split into one interactive and one non-interactive part, concluded by a discussion.

Refresher Courses
Refresher Courses, as the name suggests, aim to refresh knowledge, reviewing and updating the more basic subjects for those who have not kept up to speed with certain developments, or who just need a reminder – something of interest not only to young radiologists but also experienced doctors.
The length of each course is 90 minutes (classic Refresher Course: three parts of 30 minutes each, including the introduction and time for discussion; integrated Refresher Course: three parts of 23 minutes each, leaving enough time for the introduction by the chairpersons and the panel discussion).
The course will be given by two or three lecturers and led by one or two moderator(s) on a defined subject of clinical imaging, imaging technique, interventional radiology and related subjects. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rising Stars Programme
The E3 – Rising Stars Programme is designed especially for residents, students, radiographers and trainee radiographers.
It consists of Basic Sessions, Student Sessions, Joint Sessions with ESOR (European School of Radiology), Case-Based Diagnosis Training Sessions, EFRS Radiographers’ Basic Session, and the Radiology Trainees Forum Programme including the RTF Highlighted Lectures and the RTF Quiz.

Satellite Symposia
Industrial Satellite Symposia are organised by various international companies.
These sessions are a chance to get an industry perspective on various scientific subjects, including technical updates, emerging trends and future innovations.
The symposia vary in length from one hour to 90 minutes, with the number of speakers also differing between companies and subjects. Please note that Satellite Symposia are no longer CME-accredited.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scientific Sessions
Accepted papers for oral presentation are presented in the Scientific Sessions.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Focus Sessions
The concept of a Special Focus Session is to deal with a topic at the cutting edge of development and clinical application. A traditional approach is inappropriate for such a session, which should reflect the lecturers’ forthright personal views on a developing subject. The topics of these sessions should be presented in such a way as to promote debate and give an in-depth analysis. The chairman introduces each aspect of the topic and the panellists then discuss their different perspectives and opinions. The audience will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with the lecturers. Session length: 90 minutes; three to four speakers. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

State of the Art Symposia
These sessions are intended to inform the audience about the ‘real state of the art’ of a given subject. Each of the lecturers is an expert on the topic as a whole or on some specific aspect of the topic, which will be the subject of the respective session.
The 90-minute sessions are chaired by a moderator who will introduce three to four speakers addressing various issues within wider subjects such as anatomical regions, specific diseases, or particular techniques. The presentations will be followed by a discussion conducted by the panellists, led by the chairman.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students’ Sessions
At ECR 2017, students have again the chance to present their own abstracts in front of a huge audience. The submitters of the best 32 abstracts have been invited to Vienna to present their work in dedicated sessions.

The Voice of EPOS™ Sessions (VoE)
The Voice of EPOS™ offers a unique opportunity for a direct scientific exchange between poster authors and their audience.
Located in the ECR Online & EPOS™ Lounge, three stages feature the best posters, presented by their authors in moderated poster sessions.
In addition to organ-based topics there are sessions dedicated to a multitude of languages and countries to provide a platform for an international and multilingual scientific community.

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