Part 1: Kick-off Workshop: December 15, 2023
Part 2: Independent reviewing of cases
(December 15 - January 25)
Part 3: Meet the expert sessions: January 25 - 26, 2024

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.

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!

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

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

G. Beets, Amsterdam/NL
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
C. Marijnen, Amsterdam/NL
S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR
J. van Griethuysen, Amsterdam/NL

December 15, 2023

09:00    Welcome and opening words              R.G.H. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
Session 1 – Introduction and course outline
Moderator: L. Curvo-Semedo, Coimbra/PT
09:05    Radiology in rectal cancer – an update            R.G.H. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
09:25    What’s new in radiation oncology?   C. Marijnen, Amsterdam/NL
09:55    Q & A   
10:10   Before we get started: understanding anatomy!       S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR
10:30   Introduction of online course outline & platform    D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL
10:50   Q & A
11:00   Break 
Session 2 – Staging and restaging of rectal cancer
Moderator: S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR
11:30    Primary staging: how we do it!            E. Dresen, Leuven/BE
11:50    Pearls & pitfalls of staging advanced disease   D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL
12:10    Q & A 
12:25    Why do I need restaging? – The surgeon’s viewG. Beets, Amsterdam/NL
12:45    Restaging – How we do it!M. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL
13:05    Q & A
13:20   Break
Session 3 – Modern imaging of rectal cancer       
Moderator: D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL      
14:20    Imaging for FU after surgery and organ-preservationM. Maas, Amsterdam/NL
14:40    DWI and other functional imaging techniquesL. Curvo-Semedo, Coimbra/PT
15:00    Q & A      
15:15    AI in rectal cancer – current and future role       J. van Griethuysen, Amsterdam/NL
15:35    The future of radiology in oncologyR.G.H. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
15:55    Q & A 
16:10   Break 
Session 4 – Multidisicplinary tumour board (using iScore)
Moderator: M. Maas, Amsterdam/NL
16:40    Multidisicplinary tumour board R. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
E. Dresen, Leuven/BE
C. Marijnen, Amsterdam/NL
G. Beets, Amsterdam/NL
17:40    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 100 MRI scans of real-life clinical rectal cancer cases
  • Opportunity to interact with expert faculty
  • Hands-on “meet the expert” personal teaching and discussion session
  • CME certificate

“The ONLINE ESGAR Rectal Cancer Staging and Restaging on MRI Workshop, Virtual, Austria, 15/12/2023 - 15/12/2023has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 6,5 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.”

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