Workshop Dates

December 13 - 14, 2023

Workshop Venue

The Netherlands Cancer Institute
Plesmanlaan 121
1066 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Local Organiser & Scientific Coordinator

Prof. Regina G.H. Beets-Tan
The Netherlands Cancer Institute
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Workshop Language

The workshop is held in English.

MRI is the main diagnostic tool used for the primary staging and treatment stratification of rectal cancer, and also plays a key role in assessing response after neoadjuvant treatment to help select potential candidates for organ-preserving treatments.

In this fully renewed case-based workshop, participants are offered the chance to review more than 100 MRI scans of real-life clinical rectal cancer cases with hands-on feedback from an international faculty of experts. Participants are offered a variety of lectures which include practical tips on how to perform and report MRI for primary staging and restaging, a multidisciplinary perspective from our expert surgeon and radiation oncologist, a future outlook on the role of AI in rectal cancer imaging, and live MDT discussions.

The 2023 workshop is available in two formats which offer the same content but in a different set up, so that participants can choose their preferred way of learning:

  1. As a two-day hands-on workshop (‘focused training’), organized on site in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Dec 13-14, 2023)
  2. As a ± one month virtual workshop (‘study at your own pace’), including one full-day online kick-off webinar on Dec 15, one month of case-based online training from home, and virtual meet the expert session via Zoom on January 25/26.

Note that the content and case database of this workshop have been completely renewed compared to previous editions. So if you have participated in one of our previous ESGAR rectal imaging workshops (2017-2022), but are looking for an update or refresher course, this course will be just the thing for you!

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the role of rectal MRI and its impact on treatment planning
  • To know how to write a good quality staging and restaging report
  • To learn the main pearls and pitfalls of MR image interpretation
  • To understand the benefit of modern techniques such as functional imaging and AI
  • To know the role and limitations of rectal MRI in the era of organ preservation

Target group

  • Senior residents, general radiologists or abdominal radiologists with an interest in abdominal and/or oncologic imaging
  • At least some previous experience in reading rectal MRI is recommended

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 (Primary staging and treatment planning)


Welcome and introduction

09:10Opening lectures
- Radiology in rectal cancer – an update
- What’s new in radiation oncology?
- Discussion and Q&A
10:00Primary staging of early and intermediate tumours (Part I)
-  Introduction of course outline & iScore platform
- Lecture: primary staging – how we do it!
- Individual case reading (with hands-on feedback from faculty)


11:00Coffee break                             
11:30Primary staging of early and intermediate rectal tumours (Part II)
- Lecture: Before we get started: understanding anatomy!
- Individual case reading (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
- Plenary case discussions in iScore
13:00Lunch break                                                          

Primary staging of advanced rectal tumours (Part I)
- Lecture: pearls and pitfalls of staging advanced disease
- Individual case reading (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
- Plenary case discussions in iScore

15:30Coffee break
16:00Primary staging of advanced rectal tumours (Part II)
- Individual case reading (with hands-on feedback from faculty) 
- Plenary case discussion in iScore

Thursday, December 14, 2023 (Restaging and organ-preservation)

09:00Restaging after neoadjuvant treatment (part I):
- Lecture: Why do I need restaging – the surgeon’s view
- Lecture: Restaging rectal cancer – how we do it!
- Individual case reading (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
- Plenary case discussion in iScore
10:30Coffee break      
11:00Restaging after neoadjuvant treatment (part II):
- Lecture: DWI and other functional imaging techniques
- Individual case reading (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
- Plenary case discussion in iScore
12:30Lunch break                                     
13:30MRI during organ-preservation
- Lecture: imaging for FU after surgery and organ preservation
- Individual case reading (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
- Plenary case discussion in iScore


14:30Coffee break 
15:00Multidisciplinary International Tumour Board
  - live MDT discussion of cases (from iScore)
Radiation Oncologist:    
16:00“A look into the future”
Lecture: AI in rectal cancer – current and future role
- Lecture: The future of radiology in oncology
16:45Closing remarks and adjourn

Registration Fees


ESGAR Member

€ 1650.00

Non Member

€ 1990.00

Radiologists in Training (Residents) 
ESGAR Member€ 750.00
Non Member€ 950.00

Registration fee includes

  • access to lectures
  • a personal login to the iScore webplatform  which gives access to 100 MRI scans of real-life clinical rectal cancer cases for one extra week after completion of the onsite workshop (until December 22)
  • hands-on training on workstation
  • coffee breaks
  • lunches
  • certificate of attendance


The number of participants per workshop is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Together with the registration payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

ESGAR offers the possibility of ensuring the registration with our partner “Europäische Reiseversicherung”. Thus, ESGAR will not refund any amount after a cancellation of registration itself. All requests have to be issued to the “Europäische Reiseversicherung” directly. Refunds will be given within the terms and conditions of the “Europäische Reiseversicherung”. All cancellations have to be made in writing (e-mail, fax or letter) to the Central ESGAR Office and confirmed.

The application to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) has been made.

The following hotels which are located near by the workshop's venue can be proposed to the participants:

- Corendon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam - 

- Dutch Design Hotel Artemis -

Please book early in order to ensure availability.

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