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Postgraduate Course

Multidisciplinary management of common GI and abdominal malignancies: what you need to know

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 13 to Friday, June 15, 2018


The following abbreviations are used in the programme:



AUSAdvanced US Training Centre
ESEditorial Session
ET ESGAR Tutorial (former Workshop)
HLHonorary Lecture
IGTImage Guided Therapy
LSLecture Session
PGPostgraduate Course
POPoster Session
PSPlenary Session
RCResearch Centre
SOESchool of ESGAR
SSScientific Session
SYLunch Symposium
UGUndergraduate Programme




Advanced US Training Centre

Scientific Coordinator: L. Romanini, Cremona/IT
The Advanced US Training Centre was developed from the experience of the successful CEUS (contrast-enhanced US) Training Centre by adding teaching modules on US elastography. AUS covers the need for theoretical education and training in the area of CEUS and US elastography, two fields of interest which are both under rapid development. Over two days participants will experience two tutorials and six interactive sessions where a large series of clinical cases will be available for discussion including a televoting system.

Editorial Session

In this session we will learn about the Editorial world. Chief Editors of peer reviewed scientific journals will provide us with insights into different types of educational papers and their level of evidence. We will learn about impact factors and manuscript review handling process. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion among editors and research leaders; attendees are encouraged to actively participate and ask questions they always wanted to ask to the editors.

ESGAR Tutorials

ESGAR 2018 continues a project to enhance the educational impact of workshops, which have been renamed into tutorials. Throughout the meeting, different tutorials will be offered to the registrants. Compared to a formal lecture, the smaller tutorial environment is intended to facilitate more active discussion between expert instructors and the audience, allowing registrants to address their specific needs. Five different lines of tutorials are presented at ESGAR 2018: "Single Topic"; "From my Workstation"; "Technical Tips"; "Questions from my Colleague" and "Structured Reporting".

Cases of the Day

Scientific Coordinator: M.A. Bali, Brussels/BE
Different cases will be displayed each day from Tuesday, June 12 to Friday, June 15, 2018 giving registrants the opportunity to take part in the quiz and check the results on the following day. The participant who solves the most cases correctly will be announced in the ESGAR Newsletter.

Image Guided Therapy

The educational feature “GI & abdominal interventional radiology: a practical approach” was introduced during the ESGAR 2009 Annual Meeting and following positive comments was expanded at subsequent meetings in order to reflect the central role interventional techniques play in the multidisciplinary management of patients with gastrointestinal and abdominal diseases.
Due to the continuous developments in this field ESGAR has renamed the feature “Image Guided Therapy”.  Features include lecture sessions, scientific papers and posters as well as incorporating relevant techniques into the postgraduate course. The daily IGT sessions will again be led by expert tutors, emphasising key practical issues, ranging from basic to advanced knowledge and skills. Interactivity will be encouraged between delegates and tutors in order to facilitate useful practical discussion. In addition the video case workshops, introduced during ESGAR 2012 now comprise an expanded session. This particular format will help to augment the various practical aspects and procedural tips/tricks using the latest video-based learning techniques and encourage live audience participation with IR experts in an interactive learning environment.

Lecture Sessions

All Lecture Sessions are dedicated to a special area of interest with defined lecture objectives to ensure integration and avoid overlap. Several sessions have a multidisciplinary approach or are organised in collaboration with other societies such as the European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR).

Lunch Symposia

From Tuesday to Thursday at lunchtime, symposia will be held in collaboration with industrial companies and corporate partners. The subjects of these symposia will include a variety of “hot topics” concerning the ongoing development in some major fields of abdominal diagnostic and interventional radiology. Your name badge is your business card. ESGAR and its sponsors are using a lead retrieval system during the congress. In practice that means that when you present your badge for scanning at an exhibition booth or for scanning when entering an industry sponsored lunch symposium,  the following personal data can be retrieved: first name, last name, address details, email address.

Plenary Sessions:

Clinical Files

An experienced moderator will present six themed and challenging multimodality cases to a radiology panel. Each case will be chosen to illustrate various diagnostic and therapeutic options available for the clinical management of the patient. The moderator will then lead a highly interactive discussion with the attendees. The aim of this session is to stress the central role of clinical radiology in today’s patient management.

Nick Gourtsoyiannis Foundation Course I and II

This educational feature, named after Prof. N. Gourtsoyiannis, is intended to provide fundamental review information regarding abdominal and gastrointestinal radiology with advanced and up-to-date pathologic information. In the Foundation Course, gastrointestinal and abdominal radiological knowledge will be combined with new pathologic information and data to provide a complete overview of IPMN, neuroendocrine tumours of the pancreas, gallbladder neoplasms, and vascular liver disease.

Postgraduate Course

At ESGAR 2018 a Postgraduate Course on "Multidisciplinary Management of Common GI and Abdominal Malignancies: what you need to know" is offered on the first day of the meeting. Participants will deal with the most common current surgical techniques, the normal post-operative imaging anatomy, common and delayed complications after abdominal surgery, differentiate expected post-surgical alterations from complications or diseases recurrence and asses the clinical significance of imaging findings in the post-operative abdomen.

Research Centre - Meet the Professor

Have you begun your academic career and want to know how to advance to become a leader in research? It is much more than publishing papers, grant funding etc. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to interact with a professor and obtain advices in how to start and manage a research team, how to build an academic career and advance towards seniority in research leadership. We strongly encourage delegates to send in their questions in advance to the Central ESGAR Office - we will directly address these topics during the session. At ESGAR 2018, the "Meet the Professor" session will be introduced for the first time and will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

School of ESGAR

Scientific Coordinator: A. Ba-Ssalamah, Vienna/AT
This educational feature presents main topics following the chapters from the European Training Curriculum and the corresponding learning objectives. The School of ESGAR will be open from Wednesday, June 13 to Friday, June 15, 2018.

Scientific Exhibition - Poster Exhibition

All scientific and educational exhibits (posters) at ESGAR 2018 will be displayed in electronic poster format. The poster system allows registrants to submit their exhibits online, to view them in the conference centre and send selected material to participants’ individual e-mail addresses for easy referencing. The scientific and educational posters displayed at ESGAR 2018 in the electronic poster exhibition will be included in the permanent ESGAR Online Poster Database after the meeting.

Scientific Sessions

Researchers will present original papers on new and original aspects of abdominal imaging and intervention. Selected papers will be gathered into sessions, each dealing with a homogenous topic. Time for discussion between researchers and attendees will be available after each presentation.

Tricky Cases from my Day Job

Coordinators: E. Mainta, London/UK; M. Maher, Cork/IE
Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14, 13:45 – 14:30
A new session format that involves brief case presentations and discussion of challenging cases from everyday clinical practice. These session will be held in the 45 minute time period between the lunchtime symposium and the start of the afternoon session. At each of the two sessions, 6 short challenging cases will be presented and interactive case discussion encouraged. Before each session, the cases will be shown without the final diagnosis displayed on the poster terminals.

Undergraduate Programme

Anatomy in Radiology for Undergraduate Students, Radiologists in Training and Radiologists in Practice

Scientific Coordinator: M. Knox, Dublin/IE
This two-part, dedicated anatomy series will appeal to all those interested in improving their understanding of radiologic anatomy. For undergraduates and radiologists in training the lecture series will cover the basics of abdominal and gastrointestinal radiologic anatomy while it will serve as a useful refresher for those who are more experienced. The first session will focus on anatomy of the liver, biliary system, pancreas, spleen, peritoneum and extraperitoneal spaces while the second session will focus on anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon, rectum and anal canal).

Important Dates

October 2017
Preliminary programme available

November 2017
Abstract submission opens

November 2017
Registration opens

January 15, 2018
Abstract submission deadline

February 2018
Notification of acceptance to authors

March 14, 2018
Early registration deadline

May 15, 2018
Pre-registration deadline

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