September 26, 2022: webinar
September 25 – October 31, 2022:
independent reviewing of cases
October 17, 2022: webinar

Workshop Language

The workshop will be held in English.

Scientific Coordinator

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


Dr. Doenja Lambregts
The Netherlands Cancer Institute
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Live Streaming

The kick-off workshop will be live streamed in a Zoom Webinar format. The session times are CET.

MR imaging plays a key role in the diagnostic workup and treatment stratification of patients with newly diagnosed rectal cancer. MRI is also increasingly adopted as a valuable tool to restage patients after neoadjuvant treatment and to help identify patients for organ-preserving strategies such as the watch-and-wait approach. A high-quality MRI protocol and accurate interpretation of the images are crucial to guide treatment decision making and positively affect patient outcomes.

This online course aims to provide in-depth knowledge on the value, strengths and limitations of MRI during the management of rectal cancer and teach participants how to accurately interpret and report staging and restaging MR images. The course offers a unique learning experience in the sense that it combines in-depth online lectures and multidisciplinary discussions with hands-on teaching on an individual level guided by our expert faculty. Furthermore we offer participants the opportunity to study and stage a large number of rectal cancer cases from their home environment via a newly developed DICOM viewing and staging web-platform (iScore), designed and tailored specifically for this course.

The 5-step course step up will be as follows:

Step 1September 2022Participants  will be invited to undertake a pre-course (case-based) self-assessment test
Step 2September 26, 2022Plenary virtual kick-off workshop with introduction of the faculty and course program, demonstration of iScore, introductory lectures, MDT and plenary case discussions
Step 3September 26-End of OctoberParticipants will receive a personal login to the iScore webplatform  which gives them access to a database of 20 early and intermediate rectal cancers cases, 20 advanced cases, 20 restaging cases, 10 organ-preservation cases and 10 additional ‘unique’ rectal cancer cases to study and stage at their own pace for a 1 month period.  Links to online teaching materials, relevant literature, short lectures and feedback per case will be provided within the web-platform, making this a one-of-a-kind learning experience.
Step 4October 17, 2022Participants will be divided into small groups and paired to one of our expert faculty members for a 2.5 hour hands-on “meet the expert” personal teaching and discussion session via Zoom.
Step 5October - November 2022Approximately 2 weeks after completion of the course, participants will receive a second invitation to undertake a post-course self- assessment test and evaluate their progress and gained skills.

Radiologists (or senior radiology residents) dealing with rectal cancer management who have at least some previous experience in interpreting rectal cancer MRI.

G. Beets, Amsterdam/NL
R.G.H. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
L. Curvo-Semedo, Coimbra/PT
E. Dresen, Leuven/BE
N. El Khababi, Amsterdam/NL
M. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL
D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL
M. Maas, Amsterdam/NL
S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR
J. van Griethuysen, Amsterdam/NL
B. van Triest, Amsterdam/NL

September 26, 2022

09:30    Welcome and opening words              R.G.H. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
Session 1 – Introduction
Moderator: D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL
09:40    Course outline                 D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL
09:50    Demonstration of iScore platform        D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL
10:00    Q & A   
10:10   Primary rectal cancer staging – how we do it            E. Dresen, Leuven/BE
10:30   Live case demonstration in iScore            E. Dresen, Leuven/BE
10:40   Q & A
10:50   DWI and other functional imaging techniquesL. Curvo-Semedo, Coimbra/PT
11:10   Current role & future outlook for radiomics and AIJ. van Griethuysen, Amsterdam/NL
11:30   Q & A 
11:40    Break
Session 2 – Restaging and organ-preservation
Moderator: M. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL
12:15    Why do I need restaging? – The surgeon’s view              G. Beets, Amsterdam/NL
12:35    Restaging – how we do it         M. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL
12:55    Live case demonstration in iScoreM. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL
13:05    Q & A
13:20   Break
Session 3 – Modern imaging and treatment of rectal cancer              
Moderator: M. Maas, Amsterdam/NL    
14:30    Imaging for FU after surgery and organ-preservationM. Maas, Amsterdam/NL
14:50    Q & A 
15:00    Role of radiology in rectal cancer in 2022        R. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
15:20    What’s new in radiotherapy?B. van Triest, Amsterdam/NL
15:40    Q & A 
15:50   Break 
Session 4 – Multidisicplinary tumour board
Moderators: S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR; M. Maas, Amsterdam/NL
16:30    Multidisciplinary tumor board meetingRadiologist - R. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
Surgeon - G. Beets, Amsterdam/NL
Radiation Oncologist - B. van Triest, Amsterdam/NL
17:30    Closing remarks 

Registration Fees


ESGAR Member

€ 990.00

Non Member

€ 1290.00

Radiologists in Training (Residents)
ESGAR Member€ 590.00
Non Member€ 790.00

Registration fee includes

  • Live access to lectures and interactive case discussions
  • a personal login to the iScore webplatform  which gives access to a database of 20 early and intermediate rectal cancers cases, 20 advanced cases, 20 restaging cases, 10 organ-preservation cases and 10 additional ‘unique’ rectal cancer cases to study and stage at their own pace for a 1 month period.
  • Opportunity to interact with expert faculty
  • Hands-on “meet the expert” personal teaching and discussion session
  • Pre and Post Self Assessment Test
  • CME certificate

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. Registrations as radiologist in training (Residents) or Radiographers must be accompanied by a confirmation of the head of the department confirming the status as Resident or Radiographer.

CME European credits:
“The ESGAR Hands-on imaging – a step-wise approach to understanding rectal MRI, Vienna (ONLINE), Austria, 26/09/2022-26/09/2022 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 6 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.”

“Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

“Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.”

How to obtain your CME certificate:
CME certificates will be provided to participants participating in the live workshop sessions AND completing the respective evaluation form. The number of hours will be calculated according to the actual time spent participating in the live sessions.

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