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Workshop Date
December 17 - 18, 2020

Workshop Language

The workshop will be held in English.

Local Organiser

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

Scientific Coordinator

Prof. Regina G.H. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL

Workshop Description

This course is a full two days hands-on training course on rectal MRI.  In an interactive setting over  75 cases will be evaluated by each participant covering the entire spectrum of staging of the mid, upper and low rectal tumors, restaging after neoadjuvant treatment focusing on clinically relevant issues and new developments in diagnosis and treatment. In addition, the faculty will provide short hands-on lectures during each session, which will focus specifically on questions/issues raised by the participants during the case studies. Moreover, lectures will be held on general topics such as MR protocol optimization, standardized reporting, all based on the ESGAR consensus guidelines.  At the end of each session, the most difficult cases (as indicated by the participants) and main teaching points will be discussed plenary. All participants will receive a syllabus containing all lectures, cases, as well as specific teaching points that can be derived from each case.

Target group

Radiologists, Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Gastroenterologists etc, dealing with rectal cancer management who have some experience in interpreting rectal cancer MRI.

We encourage clinicians to join the course because it is the MULTIDISCIPLINARY INTERACTION that is central in rectal cancer management. We have therefore introduced BRING YOUR BUDDY principle. The clinician buddy will share the PC with his radiologist to enhance rectal cancer and pay a reduced price.

Bring your buddy

The course is according to the principle “bring your own buddy”. This educational concept simulates daily practice by the multidisciplinary approach of cases. Each radiologist can have 1 (non-radiological ) clinician from his own institute joining the course and evaluating the cases together with the clinician. The registration of the clinical partner will then be at a reduced fee. Confirmed participants in this workshop who are radiologist will receive further information on how to register a buddy in due time.

Workshop Faculty

R.G.H. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
L. Curvo-Semedo, Coimbra/PT
E. Dresen, Leuven/BE
M. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL
D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL
M. Maas, Amsterdam/NL
S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR


Workshop Programme

Thursday, December 17, 2020


Welcome and introduction

09:10Opening lectures
- Rectal cancer Management in 2018 and beyond: the role of radiology
- Primary rectal cancer staging: how we do it
09:50Primary staging of early and intermediate tumours (Part I)
- Plenary interpretation and discussion of first case(s)
- Individual interpretation of cases on workstations (with hands-on feedback from faculty)


11:00Coffee break                             
11:30Primary staging of early and intermediate tumours (Part II)
- Choice of hands-on lectures (protocol & patient preparation, T-stage, N-stage, height/length)
- Plenary interpretation and discussion of first case(s)
- Individual interpretation of cases on workstations (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
13:00Lunch break                                                          

Primary staging of advanced rectal tumours (Part I)
- Introductory lecture on staging of advanced tumours (MRF and sphincter invasion, EMVI)
- Plenary interpretation and discussion of first case(s)
- Individual interpretation of cases on workstations (with hands-on feedback from faculty)

15:30Coffee break
16:00Primary staging of advanced rectal tumours (Part II)
- Plenary interpretation and discussion of first case(s)
- Individual interpretation of cases on workstations (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
17:30Welcome reception


Friday, December 18, 2020

09:00Restaging of rectal tumours after neoadjuvent treatment (Part I)
- Introductory lecture on restaging
- Plenary interpretation and discussion of first case(s)
- Individual interpretation of cases on workstations (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
10:30Coffee break      
11:00Restaging of rectal tumours after neoadjuvent treatment (Part II)
- Choice of hands-on lectures (DWI, prediciting a complete response)
- Plenary interpretation and discussion of first case(s)
- Individual interpretation of cases on workstations (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
12:30Lunch break                                     
13:30MR-interpretation with rescpect to novel developments (selection and FU for organ preservation)
- Introductory lecture and plenary discussion of first case(s)
- Individual interpretation of cases on workstations (with hands-on feedback from faculty)


14:30Coffee break 
15:00Special and extra cases
- Individual interpretation of cases on workstations (with hands-on feedback from faculty)
- Choice of hands-on lectures (unusual rectal pathology)
16:00Plenary feedback teaching points 

Registration Fees


ESGAR Member

€ 1650.00

Non Member

€ 1990.00

Radiologists who bring a "buddy"
ESGAR Member€ 1650.00 plus € 750.00
Non Member€ 1990.00 plus € 950.00
Information on how to register a buddy will be provided
to confirmed participants in due time.

Registration fee includes

  • access to lectures
  • access to 75 cases
  • hands-on training on workstation
  • syllabus containing all lectures, cases and teaching points that can be derived from each case
  • coffee breaks
  • lunches
  • certificate of attendance

Please note: the reduced fee for non-radiological colleagues ("buddies") is only applicable in combination with the radiological fee! Radiologists and their respective "buddies" share one workstation!
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.


Participants have the opportunity to take out insurance for the registration fee only. This insurance applies in case of an unforeseen cancellation of participation at the ESGAR Rectal Cancer Workshop in Amsterdam and can be taken out together with your online registration. The cancellation insurance offered by Europäische Reiseversicherung covers up to 100 % of your registration fees in the event of your cancellation for any cause provided for in the insurance terms (Insurance form). Please read the insured reasons for cancellation carefully!

Registration typeRegistration feeInsurance
ESGAR Member€   1650.00€  137.00
Non Member€   1990.00€  139.00

Payment of the premium has to be made together with payment of the registration fee. After payment you will find the Insurance Confirmation, which serves as proof of insurance in your "Personal ESGAR Account".

“The ESGAR MR Imaging of Rectal Cancer Workshop, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 17/12/2020-18/12/2020 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 10 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 www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities.

“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.”

Everything you need to know about rectal cancer

If you are a radiologist and one of your main focuses in daily practice is rectal cancer MRI, the ESGAR Workshop on MR Imaging of Rectal Cancer is the best course you should attend!

In December, I had the chance to attend the workshop that was organized in Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Professor Beets-Tan and her team.

For me, it was already a nice opportunity to revisit the place where I spent three months during my ESGAR fellowship, but also an excellent opportunity to improve my knowledge on rectal cancer MRI since the team from the Netherlands Cancer Institute consists in experts in the field.

This workshop is a case-based one, lasts for two days and aims radiologists who interpret rectal cancer MRI daily. Considering the great enthusiasm of participants towards case-based courses and the excellent faculty, this workshop was already fully-booked months before.

In the first day, we met the faculty, consisting of Prof. Beets-Tan, Dr. Lahaye and Dr. Lambregts from Amsterdam, Prof. Blomqvist from Stockholm and Prof. Curvo-Semedo from Coimbra, as well as Dr. Dresen from Leuven and Dr. Nougaret from Montpellier.

An individual workstation was assigned to every , and we received two excellently compiled notebooks. The first syllabus contained the structured MRI report for every case, where we were encouraged to write our interpretation and the second one included the detailed answers for each case.

During the first part of the day, primary staging of early tumors was discussed, and the participants were encouraged to interpret the cases themselves. The faculty provided short lectures on different hot topics, some of them requested by the participants and assisted us in interpreting the cases. Every time a participant had a question, they could ask a member of the faculty for an explanation, which made this course very interactive.
In the afternoon, advanced rectal tumors were interpreted and discussed, and short lectures were again provided here and there.

During the second day, restaging of rectal tumors after neoadjuvant therapy was the main focus of the morning session, again with some hands-on lectures provided by the faculty. In the second part of the day, the organ preservation technique was brought up, and we were shown some MR follow-up cases and also some unique/complicated cases.

I particularly enjoyed this course because it represents an excellent learning opportunity (interpreting around 80 cases), but also it offers the chance to discuss all the difficulties you encounter in daily practice with a team of experts. I always follow the structure of the standard report provided by the faculty and feel that my knowledge and reports have improved since the workshop.
Another aspect of this workshop is that it encourages radiologists to interact with clinicians and surgeons to provide the best report and therefore offer the best treatment option to the patient.

Nonetheless, the workshop provided excellent coffee and lunch breaks and also a small welcome reception, where you could interact with the faculty and the other participants and the chance to visit Amsterdam, already known for its picturesque architecture and youthful atmosphere.

Don't miss the chance to take this course, as places are running out fast!

Adriana Calin - Vainak
ESGAR Social Media Advocate

Membership Benefits

  • Reduced fees at Annual Meetings and Workshops of the Society
  • Exclusive right to participate in Society sponsored activities
  • Free access to “European Radiology” on-line
  • Substantially reduced subscription rate to "Abdominal Radiology"
  • Eligibility to participate in Guideline Working Groups
  • Subspecialty Recognition Certificates
  • Personal ESGAR Account
  • ESGAR e-Newsletter and Annual Report
  • Unlimited access to the ESGAR e-Education Portal
  • Educational and networking activities

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