EFOMP in ECR2018

Publication Date: Feb 22nd, 2018 22:51, Category: Associated Organisations Announcements



Radiologists, physicists, radiographers and other professionals from all over the world – over 140 countries –  and from a diversity of cultures attend the European Congress of Radiology. The ECR is a multi-disciplinary meeting where students shake hands with international experts, medical residents exchange ideas with physicists, and participants share their perspectives with industry representatives.

Since many years EFOMP is working together with ESR in the preparation of the congresses, taking care of the topics related to Medical Physics. EFOMP representatives are involved in the Programme Planning Committee of ECR as well as in the Physics in Medical Imaging subcommittee. For ECR 2018 members involved are:

D. Lurie; Aberdeen/UK                Programme Planning Committee
A. Trianni; Udine/IT                     Physics in Medical Imaging
R. Boellaard; Amsterdam/NL
J. Damilakis; Iraklion/GR
H. Delis; Vienna/AT
S. Edyvean; London/UK
V. Gershan; Skopje/MK
L. Hadid; Bondy/FR
M. Kortesniemi; Helsinki/FI
E. Samara; Sion/CH

Special Session

The Physics in Medical Imaging SC had the task of elaborating proposals for the special sessions (New Horizons, Special Focus, State of the Art and Professional challenges) as well as for the Refreshers Courses. Special sessions have then been selected among all the proposals submitted by the different SubCommittes. For ECR 2018 the Physics in Medical Imaging SC had the privilege to have two special sessions approved:

SPECIAL FOCUS SESSION - Thursday, March 1, 16:00–17:30, Room O
CT examination of pregnant patients: a dilemma for the radiologist and the mother
Chairperson’s introduction V. Gershan; Skopje/MK
Radiation risks vs clinical benefits
How to reduce radiation dose and keep CT diagnostics
Dosimetry methods available
Dose and risk communication to doctors and patients
M. Prokop; Nijmegen/NL
Kortesniemi; Helsinki/FI
J. Damilakis; Iraklion/GR
P. Gilligan; Dublin/IE
Panel discussion
CT during pregnancy: what are the suggested actions for patient dose management?

This Special Focus Session has been included as EuroSafe Imaging session.  EuroSafe Imaging is the ESR’s flagship initiative in radiation protection. It aims to promote the safe and appropriate use of medical imaging in Europe and around the world.

The sessions on artificial intelligence and big data in medical imaging was a joint proposal with the Imaging Informatics Subcommittee:

PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGES SESSIONS - Saturday, March 3, 14:00–15:30, Room B
Artificial intelligence and big data in medical imaging
Chairperson’s introduction W.J. Niessen; Rotterdam/N
IT infrastructure, data sharing methods and data analysis aspects
Machine learning in the biomedical domain: challenges and opportunities
How will AI change radiology
A. Alberich-Bayarri; Valencia/ES
M. de Bruijne; Rotterdam/NL
K.J. Dreyer; Boston, MA/US

Refresher Courses 

The Physics in Medical Imaging SC organized 5 of the 74 Refresher Courses prepared by the various scientific subcommittees for ECR 2018. Based on the topic of the session, some refresher courses are presented in an ‘integrated’ format with an organised panel discussion, similar to Special Focus Sessions.

REFRESHER COURSE - Wednesday, February 28, 08:30–10:00, Room G
Single-dual-multi-energy CT
Chairperson’s introduction A. Torresin; Milan/IT
Basics of dual- and multi-energy CT
Photon counting detectors in diagnostic CT
Clinical need of multi-energy CT
K. Perisinakis; Iraklion/GR
A. Altman; Haifa/IL
S.T. Schindera; Aarau/CH
Panel discussion CT during pregnancy: Are there sufficient benefits of this technique?
REFRESHER COURSE - Saturday, March 3, 08:30–10:00, Room G
Motion artefacts and their management in medical imaging
Chairperson’s introduction T. Beyer; Vienna/AT
Managing motion in CT: conventional approaches and motion compensating techniques
Managing motion in cone-beam CT (CBCT): conventional approaches and motion compensating techniques
Motion compensation in MR and PET imaging
M. Kachelrieß; Heidelberg/D
P. Paysan; Baden−Dättwil/CH
C. Kolbitsch; Berlin/DE
Panel discussion
How to optimise motion management in different imaging modalities?
REFRESHER COURSE - Saturday, March 3, 14:00–15:30, Room G
Dose reduction and image quality implications of iterative image reconstruction in CT
Chairperson’s introduction K.N. Bolstad; Bergen/NO
Basics of iterative image reconstruction in CT
Iterative image reconstruction in clinical practice (dos and don’ts)
Image quality assessment of iterative reconstruction: pitfalls and future directions
M. Kortesniemi; Helsinki/FI
H. Alkadhi; Zurich/CH
E. Samei; Durham, NC/US
Panel discussion
How low can we go?
REFRESHER COURSE - Saturday, March 3, 16:00–17:30, Room G
Demystifying MRI: things you always wanted to know
Chairperson’s introduction I. Seimenis; Alexandropolis/GR
Basic MR: the building blocks of pulse sequences
MR imaging basic concepts: how to turn signals into images
Practical MRI: a toolkit of standard MR pulse sequences
D.G. Norris; Nijmegen/NL
D. Lurie; Aberdeen/UK
G. Hagberg; Tübingen/DE
Panel discussion
The future of patient-specific dosimetry
REFRESHER COURSE - Sunday, March 4, 08:30–10:00, Room G
Patient-specific dosimetry
Chairperson’s introduction E. Samara; Sion/CH
Breast imaging dosimetry
Patient dosimetry in CT and CBCT
Patient dose in fluoroscopy and interventional
I. Sechopoulos; Nijmegen/NL
S. Edyvean; London/UK
A. Trianni; Udine/IT
Panel discussion
The future of patient-specific dosimetry

Scientific Sessions

Accepted papers for oral presentation are presented in the 132 Scientific Sessions. Several sessions feature keynote lectures with a concise educational introduction related to the topic.
The Physics in Medical Imaging subcommittee received 140 abstracts in total, of which 66 have been accepted (6 scientific sessions). The topics were innovative with a focus on computer applications, neural networks, omics, and included many research abstracts.

Wednesday, February 28
Room G
Optimisation in clinical radiology practice Moderators:
E. Samara; Sion/CH
W. Stiller; Heidelberg/DE
Wednesday, February 28
Room G
Dose management and diagnostic reference levels Moderators:
H. Bosmans; Leuven/BE
R. Villa; Monza/IT
Thursday, March 1
Room G
Innovations in medical imaging Moderators:
M. Kortesniemi; Helsinki/FI
G. Sommer; Basle/CH
Thursday, March 1
Room G
Quantitative imaging and neural network Moderators:
C. Cavedon; Verona/IT
M.J. Willemink; Stanford, CA/US
Saturday, March 3
Room G
Image quality evaluation and optimisation in CT Moderators:
I. Hernandez-Giron; Leiden/NL
O. Rampado; Turin/IT
Sunday, March 4
Room G
Developments in volumetric imaging Moderators:
K.N. Bolstad; Bergen/NO
D.J. Lurie; Aberdeen/UK

EFOMP Workshop

This workshop is the 20th in the series of EFOMP Workshops on new technology in diagnostic radiology. This year’s workshop is entitled ‘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.

EFOMP WORKSHOPS - Friday, March 2, 08:30–10:00, Room G
Dose management systems and repositories: part A
Chairperson’s introduction J. Damilakis; Iraklion/GR
A. Trianni; Udine/IT
The ‘EuroSafe Imaging’ campaign’s point of view
Strategies for dose management for achieving optimised imaging
The benefits of dose management systems in view of the new Euratom Directive
G. Frija; Paris/FR
J.N. Vassileva; Vienna/AT
V. Tsapaki; Athens/GR
EFOMP WORKSHOPS - Friday, March 2, 10:30–12:00, Room G
Dose management systems and repositories: part B
Chairperson’s introduction M. Brambilla; Novara/IT
M. Mahesh; Baltimore, MD/US
Organisation of dose management systems and repositories for radiation protection
and biomedical research: possibilities and limitations of current implementations and standards
Imaging and dose repositories: tools to boost radiation protection and research?
The ACR dose index registry: setting a benchmark
B. Gibaud; Rennes/FR

E. Neri; Pisa/IT
M. Mahesh; Baltimore, MD/US

Eurosafe Imaging Sessions

This year, there will be an additional Joint Session between the ESR and EFOMP on CT screening and a session for the Eurosafe Campaign

ESR/EFOMP - Thursday, March 1, 16:00–17:30, Room M1
CT screening: benefits, doses and associated risks
Chairperson’s introduction J. Damilakis; Iraklion/GR
D. Tack; Baudour/BE
Dose and risk assessment
Quantitative benefit-risk analysis
Breast CT
How to communicate
M. Brambilla; Novara/IT
J. Damilakis; Iraklion/GR
W.A. Kalender; Erlangen/DE
G. Paulo; Coimbra/PT
Panel Discussion
EUROSAFE - Friday, March 2, 14:00–15:30, Room M1
Clinical diagnostic reference levels for x-ray medical imaging
Chairpersons’ introduction and update on the project on clinical DRLs for x-ray medical imaging J. Damilakis; Iraklion/GR
G. Frija; Paris/FR
The concept of diagnostic reference levels (DRLs)
An update on current European diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in adult imaging
An update on current paediatric diagnostic reference levels (DRLs)
The concept of local diagnostic reference levels (DRLs)
E. Vaño; Madrid/ES
G. Frija; Paris/FR
C. Granata; Genoa/IT
N. Saltybaeva; Zurich/CH
Panel Discussion

ECR today

ECR Today, the daily newspaper of the congress, is published from Wednesday to Sunday and distributed in the entrance hall of the congress venue and in the entrance area of the Technical Exhibition. All issues will be available online at www.myESR.org/publications

For ECR 2018, EFOMP will have three contributions published:

International Village

More than 50 national and international radiological societies present their meetings and societies in the International Village, which is located on the entrance level of the M Building. In the EFOMP booth  all EFOMP scientific and training activities can be found (European Congress of Medical Physics, European School for Medical Physics Experts, European Examination Board, European Journal of Medical Physics..)

EFOMP/AAPM dosimetry group meeting at ECR 

On Saturday March 3rd at 11:00 until 12:00 in Room M28 - M building there will be a meeting of the joint EFOMP/AAPM new breast dosimetry method Working Group. All interested professionals are welcome to join and be updated on the work that is being done so far and to get feedback on future collaboration.