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Session Definitions – See what SS, RC, E³, etc. stand for

Find detailed information on all ECR session types, what to expect from them, and further detailed information.

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 an experienced teachers share their insights into a topic of particular relevance with a group of attendees.
Each Beauty of Basic Knowledge session consists either of one 55-minute lecture (plus 5 minutes of discussion) or two 30-minutes lectures. The teaching format is usually case-based with some interaction with the attendees.
The content of the sessions is mostly tied to the Levels I+II European Training Curriculum (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.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 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.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coffee & Talk (open forum) Sessions

The new and attractive ‘Coffee & Talk’ session format will take place in one of the stylish lounges at the congress venue providing an informal atmosphere. Participants are invited to stop by and contribute to the informal discussions while sipping their coffee and tea. 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.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

EFOMP (European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics) Workshop

This workshop is the 20th in the series of EFOMP Workshops on new technology in diagnostic radiology. This year’s workshop is entitled ‘Radiation dose management systems and repositories: the present and the future’. It has been organised by EFOMP in collaboration with the ESR to address the current and future technological requirements for radiology imaging equipment.
Places at the workshop are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

‘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 Switzerland and Portugal’ underlines the essential role of radiographers in medical imaging.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

‘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 Switzerland, Portugal and China. There are dedicated sessions for the radiological communities of these nations to demonstrate the excellence of radiology in their countries.
Places 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 chairperson.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hands-on Workshops

At ECR 2018 two series of educational Hands-on Workshops will take place dealing with the topics ‘MRI in the Prostate’ and ‘Ultrasound Elastography’. The number of participants at each session is restricted to 30. Participants of the ‘MRI in the Prostate’ workshops are asked to bring their own laptops.
Places at these workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Headline Sessions

At ECR 2018, the Headline Sessions encompass the Opening Ceremony, the anniversary session for Invest in the Youth (IITY), the Honorary Lectures by Marc Dewey, Katrine Riklund and Agnieszka Trojanowska, the ESR/EFRS meets Sessions, and the Image Interpretation Quizzes.

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.
Please note that Industry Workshops are not CME-accredited. 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. Distinguished radiologists will share their knowledge and diagnosis strategies with you. This year’s themes are ‘Young radiologists in the landscape of artificial intelligence’ and ‘Imaging wizardry’.

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 are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

My Thesis in 3 Minutes (MyT3)

ECR 2018 will feature a brand new scientific session format: ‘My Thesis in 3 Minutes’. It is aimed at residents and young radiologists who would like to present their thesis results as a first author, in a dynamic and entertaining scientific session.
This special session will take place at the new presentation location, the Sky High Stage, overlooking the Austria Center from the top of the nearby Saturn Tower.
Places 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 chairperson, 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 chairperson(s); three to four lecturers; panel discussion.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pros & Cons Sessions

The Pros & Cons Sessions examine controversial topics in a series of moderated lectures. Each session is split into one interactive and one non-interactive part, concluded by a discussion.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 Sessions, and the Radiology Trainees Forum Programme including the RTF Highlighted Lectures and the RTF Quiz.
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 not 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. Keynote lectures are scheduled at the beginning of some scientific sessions to give a concise educational introductory talk related to the topic/content of the session.
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 chairperson 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. 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 chairperson.

Students’ Sessions

At ECR 2018, 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.

Transatlantic Course of the ESR and RSNA

ECR 2018 features again the joint course of the ESR and RSNA (Radiological Society of North America), which will this year focus on ‘Sports Imaging’. The sessions will be interactive with electronic voting/self assessment.
Places for all courses are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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, various 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.
An additional stage exclusively for radiographers is located in the Radiographers’ Lounge in Foyer K on the lower level.

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