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Workshop Date

February 18 - 19, 2021

Workshop Language

The workshop will be held in English.

Scientific Coordinator

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

Live Streaming

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

Learning Objectives

After attending in this workshop, participants will:

  • Know the main concepts and recent developments in the treatment of rectal cancer and how this impact radiological staging
  • Have acquired detailed knowledge on the MR anatomy of the rectum and understand the main anatomical landmarks important for rectal cancer staging
  • Know what a stateof-the-art rectal imaging protocol entails, including the pros and cons of diffusion-weighted MRI
  • Understand how to write a good quality staging report, both for primary staging and for restaging after neoadjuvant treatment
  • Understand the importance of restaging anno 2021
  • Know the key highrisk factors in rectal cancer and how they impact treatment decision making
  • Understand the main pearls and pitfalls of staging tumours near the rectosigmoid junction

Target group

Radiologists dealing with rectal cancer management or part of a multidisciplinary rectal management team who have some experience in interpreting rectal cancer MRI.

Workshop Faculty

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, Leiden/NL
I. Nagtegaal, Nijmegen/NL
S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR


Workshop Programme




09.00    Opening and welcome                    R. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
Session 1 – Clinical introduction on current concepts in treatment and their impact for radiologists  
09.05    Surgery anno 2021 – what does the surgeon want to know from the
G. Beets, Amsterdam/NL
09.25    Radiotherapy anno 2021 – what does the radiation oncologist want to
C. Marijnen, Leiden/NL
09.45    Future role of radiology in rectal cancer – outlook for 2021-2030               R. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL

10.05    Q&A

10.30    BREAK
Session 2 – Introduction on primary tumour staging
11.15    Protocol and patient preparation              M. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL
11.30    MR anatomy of the anorectum                S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR
11.45    How to write a good quality primary staging report               E. Dresen, Leuven/BE

12.15    Q&A

12.45    BREAK
13.30    MULTIDISCIPLINARY TUMOUR BOARD (1)                     Moderator: R. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
14.45    BREAK
Session 3 – Locally advanced disease
15.30    High risk features in rectal cancer – the pathologist’s point of view             I. Nagtegaal, Nijmegen/NL
15.45    High risk features on MRI – the radiologist’s point of view                   L. Curvo-Semedo, Coimbra/PT  
16.05    How to stage tumours near the rectosigmoid junction                   D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL 
16.20    Q&A
16.45    BREAK
17.15    INTERACTIVE CASE DISCUSSION & QUIZ (1)                     Moderator: S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR
18.15    Adjourn 


Session 4 – Response assessment after neoadjuvant treatment – how and why?

09.00    Why do I need restaging – the surgeon’s point of view                   

G. Beets, Amsterdam/NL

09.20    Morphological patterns of response of standard MRI              

L. Curvo-Semedo, Coimbra/PT

09.40    Diffusion-weighted MRI – pearls and pitfalls

D. Lambregts, Amsterdam/NL

10.00    Q&A


10.30    BREAK

Session 5 – Organ-preservation and minimally invasive treatments 

11.15    How to write a clinically meaningful restaging report in the era of organ

M. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL

11.35    Follow-up imaging after W&W and minimally invasive surgery                     

M. Maas, Amsterdam/NL

11.50    Q&A


12.15    BREAK

13.00    MULTIDISCIPLINARY TUMOUR BOARD (2)               Moderator: M. Maas, Amsterdam/NL

14.30    BREAK

Session 6 – Common pitfalls in imaging of the anorectum 

15.00    Common pitfalls in rectal TNM-staging                     

M. Maas, Amsterdam/NL

15.20    How to handle the lateral nodes                   

E. Dresen, Leuven/BE

15.40    Anal cancer versus rectal cancer staging                     

S. Nougaret, Montpellier/FR

16.00    Q&A


16.30    BREAK


17.15    INTERACTIVE CASE DISCUSSION & QUIZ (2)                  

Moderator: M. Lahaye, Amsterdam/NL

18.15    Adjourn                

R. Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL

Registration Fees


ESGAR Member

€ 330.00

Non Member

€ 540.00

Radiologists in Training (Residents)
ESGAR Member€ 120.00
Non Member€ 220.00

Registration fee includes

  • Live access to lectures and interactive case discussions
  • Opportunity to interact with expert faculty
  • CME certificate
  • Access to recorded lectures and interactive case discussions after the workshop

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.

“The ESGAR Rectal Cancer Imaging Workshop, ONLINE, Austria, 18/02/2021-19/02/2021 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 12 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.”

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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