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Letter from Ricardo García-Mónaco, ISR Past President

Dear ISR members:

With much honor and a nice feeling of accomplished responsibility I have recently end my term as ISR President , proud that the goals that we faced together with the Ex com and staff were successfully fulfilled. Among those more relevant I would not forget to mention:

1- ISRQSA has been definitely installed as the main force on the matter working in close interaction with WHO, IAEA and other different continental and national Q&S campaigns. ISR webinars and educational activities on the topic were very active.

2- Launching of the Meet the ISR Program at Tunisia has been very successful and will be followed by new venues such as Egypt and Colombia in 2019.

3- Joining the start up of the Lancet Oncology Commission on Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine in a strong alliance with other medical societies.

4- The website was updated to a new interactive tool of communication adding new social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that enhanced ISR visibility with an exponential growth of ISR followers worldwide.

5- The communications between ISR and country members was very active, and many National Radiological Societies joined or rejoined as country members: Belgium, Oman, Venezuela, Chile, Egypt among them.

I would like to thank everybody, inside and outside the ISR, that helped to accomplish these goals that we foreseen at the beginning of our running term. It is time to hand off the baton to the new ISR President -my friend Lluís Donoso- that will surely raise up the bar to further enhance the ISR mission.

Best wishes and a Happy New Year!
Ricardo García-Mónaco, MD, PhD
ISR Past President

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Letter from Lluís Donoso Bach, ISR President

Dear colleagues:

It is a great honor for me to hold the position of president of the ISR for the next two years.

First of all, I want to thank Prof. Ricardo García Mónaco and the members of the ISR Executive Committee for the work they have done during the last period.

The intention of the incoming Executive Committee is to continue developing a policy of communication and collaboration with our members to improve the visibility of our Society and to increase the value of our activities.

The ISR’s priority areas of action will include the representation of the global radiological community in the WHO and the IAEA with a special focus on quality and safety activities and educational programs to support the development of imaging and related workforce in low- and middle-income countries.

The organization of the International Congress of Radiology (ICR) 2020 will be another key aspect of our activities in this period. Our intention is to organize a global event, but with a strong regional involvement, stimulating the participation of radiologists in the region. We count on your active collaboration for the success of the congress.

Thank you very much and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you personally in the near future.

Lluís Donoso Bach, MD, PhD
ISR President

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ISR Béclère Medal awards and Lectures at RSNA 2018

As there was no International Congress of Radiology in 2018, the ISR for the first time presented its Béclère medals during RSNA. Antoine Béclère, after whom the ISR medal is named, was a pioneer in radiology: in 1897, he created the first laboratory of radiology in Paris. Béclère presented at the first International Congress of Electrology and Medical Radiology in 1900 and was an early advocate of safety measures for physicians and patients.

The 2018 ISR Béclère medal was awarded to Dr. James Borgstede, former ISR president, and to Dr. Lawrence Lau, the founding Chairman of the International Radiology Quality Network and International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety.

Dr. Borgstede’s award recognised his outstanding achievements in the field of radiology and his exemplary contributions to the society. Dr. Lawrence Lau was honoured for his tireless commitment to strengthening global quality and safety efforts in radiology.

Dr. Borgstede is currently Professor and Vice Chairman of Radiology at the University of Colorado. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America and has a particular interest in international radiology service. He served as President of the ISR in the years 2014 - 2016 and has significantly shaped the activities of the society during his term on the Executive Committee.

During his Béclère lecture, Dr. Borgstede highlighted collaboration, challenges and conflicts in global radiology, demonstrating the highly relevant nature of ISR’s mission to facilitate global endeavors to improve patient care and population health through medical imaging.


ISR President Dr. Garcia Monaco
opening the ISR Session at RSNA 2018.
Dr. Garcia Monaco presenting the
Béclère Medal to Dr. Borgstede.


Dr. Lawrence Lau is a Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and the Royal College of Radiologists. He has worked in both the private and public sectors and has held the position of Chairman and Director of Southern Health Medical Imaging at Monash University. His interests include improving patient care and safety through the use of evidence-based policies, recommendations and guidance tools. In the last three decades, he has participated as an advocate, advisor, facilitator, coordinator, consultant, and trainer in national, regional, and international actions to promote the more appropriate use of radiological procedures.

Dr. Lau is a former RANZCR President and has worked in committees of Asian, European and North American radiology organizations to strengthen links and advance radiological quality and safety. He joined the International Society of Radiology Executive Committee in 2004. Dr. Lau was the founding Chairman of the International Radiology Quality Network and International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety and has made invaluable contributions to ISR’s quality and safety agenda.

In his Fuchs Lecture, Dr. Lau focused on the concept of teamwork and highlighted how it strengthens quality and safety in radiology.

At the end of the session, outgoing ISR president Dr. Garcia Monaco handed over the ISR presidential chain to Dr. Luis Donoso, incoming ISR president, from Barcelona, Spain, who will now lead the society for a two-year term.


Dr. Lau receiving the ISR Béclère Medal.
Dr. Donoso taking on the presidential chain
from his predecessor Dr. Garcia Monaco.

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ISR Executive Committee & International Assembly met at RSNA 2018

The ISR Executive Committee held its traditional half-day meeting during RSNA 2018, discussing priorities for the coming year, including a further expansion of its membership, and the implementation of its quality and safety work plan with WHO and IAEA.

In addition, the ISR Executive Committee invited the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society (ORMIS) to present its bid to host the next International Congress of Radiology in Oman in 2020. More information on ICR 2020 to follow soon!


ISR Executive Committee.
ISR Executive Committee members
meeting delegates from Oman.


The ISR International Assembly convened a large number of ISR member societies who received an update from the ISR leadership on activities in the past year, including the financial report as well as an outlook on the leadership’s priorities for the year ahead.

In addition, the International Assembly elected five national radiology societies to serve on the ISR Executive Committee for the next two years and ratified the composition of the Executive Committee for the new term. An introduction to the new Executive Committee members will follow soon!


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ISR Quality and Safety Alliance holds successful meeting at RSNA 2018

The ISR Quality and Safety Alliance (ISRQSA) was established in November 2016 with the aim to act as a convener and facilitator for continental, regional and national quality and safety campaigns in radiation protection, to establish a strategic plan for global quality and safety endeavours, which reflects the input of the campaigns and to represent ISR with IAEA, WHO, IRPA, and ICRP. ISRQSA is jointly chaired by Prof. Guy Frija, EuroSafe Imaging Chair, and Prof. Don Frush, Image Gently Chair.

The following established quality and safety campaigns are formal members of the ISRQSA: AFROSAFE (E-Afrosafe and F-Afrosafe), Arab Safe, Canada Safe Imaging, EuroSafe Imaging, Image Gently, Image Wisely, Japan Safe Imaging and LatinSafe.

In addition, the Chinese Society of Radiology and Royal Australian/New Zeland College of Radiology (RANZCR) are invited to join ISRQSA meetings as observers, as they are considered in the process of developing a quality and safety campaign.

At RSNA 2018 part of the ISRQSA meeting was dedicated to meeting stakeholder organisations in the field of quality and safety including ICRP, ISRRT, IOMP, WFPI and WFUMB to discuss potential avenues for future collaboration.

The meeting also included an updated on ISRQSA collaboration with IAEA and WHO.

ISR collaborates with the IAEA Radiation Protection of Patients Unit as well as the Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging Section.

Collaboration with IAEA focuses on:

  • Capacity building in low and middle-income countries.
  • Support implementation of the International Radiation Basic Safety Standards (BSS) and Bonn Call for Action.
  • Collaborate on justification and access to and takeup of imaging referral guidelines.
  • Participate in IAEA Technical Meetings and related development of guidance document and training material.

ISR is also in official relations with WHO and thus closely collaborates towards improving radiation protection in low-and middle-income countries. There is a 3-year ISR/WHO work plan, the next one for 2019-2021 with the following focal areas of collaboration:

  • Develop a global plan for equipment, manpower and organisation in radiology, recognising the need to ensure access to new technologies.
  • Support implementation of the International Radiation Basic Safety Standards (BSS) and Bonn Call for Action.
  • Facilitate access to imaging referral guidelines.
  • Foster the teamwork approach in medical use of radiation.
  • Radiation risk communication in medical imaging.
  • Ethical aspects of medical radiation protection.
  • New: Quality/safety aspects for non-ionising radiation.
  • Promote universal access to appropriate imaging technology and uptake of technological advances.


World Health Organization (WHO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), International Commission of Radiological Protection (IRCP), International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologist (ISRRT), World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI), World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB).


ISRQSA members discussing the importance
and impact of clinical imaging guidelines
at their RSNA 2018 meeting.
Prof. Kawooya from E-Afrosafe presenting first results of ESR iGuide (ESR’s referral guidelines in CDS format) pilot study in Uganda. Also in the picture: Prof. Gharbi and Prof. Mansouri, representing Arab Safe and F-Afrosafe.


Dr. Hilton Leao Filho, Latin Safe president, presenting an update on the Latin Safe campaign and their focus on communication activities to improve radiation protection.
Dr. Honoso from Japan Safe Imaging reports on the development of a centralized CT image archiving system as well as the revision of Japan’s clinical imaging guidelines and the updating of Japan’s national DRLs.


Prof. Jin, president of the Chinese Society of Radiology, informs about China’s
intention to launch a safe campaign following the model of EuroSafe Imaging.

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A new successful International Day of Radiology 2018

By Julia Patuzzi, on behalf of the ESR Office

The International Day of Radiology (IDOR) was celebrated for the seventh time on November 8, this year focusing on cardiac imaging, and was joined by individual supporters and more than 170 radiology-related professional societies all around the world.

Cardiac imaging is a fast-growing subspecialty of diagnostic radiology that plays a huge part in the assessment and management of heart patients throughout the world. Cardiac radiologists -the experts in charge- supervise or perform imaging examinations, using technology such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and then interpret the resulting images to diagnose and monitor a wide range of diseases of the heart.

For IDoR 2018, we highlighted the increasingly important role of radiologists and radiographers in cardiac care, contributing to the diagnosis, pre-procedural work-up and follow-up of patients with a wide variety of cardiac pathology, from coronary artery disease and leaky heart valves to defects in the size and shape of the heart.

To underline the significance of cardiac imaging in various regions of the world and to show its current place in today’s medical healthcare spectrum, the ESR has conducted numerous interviews with experts throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia, as well as with individuals from Canada, South Africa and Egypt.

In addition, the IDoR book "The HEART revealed. Radiology in the diagnosis and management of cardiac conditions", is available to download for free from the IDoR website. Under the editorial leadership of Professor Jens Bremerich, Switzerland, and Dr. Rodrigo Salgado, Belgium, 41 authors from all over the world contributed to the book.

"The HEART revealed" covers everything from basic cardiac CT and MR examinations, risk stratification and cardiac imaging trials to ischaemic heart, myocarditis, athlete’s heart and imaging of coronary arteries. New mapping techniques and the so-called heart-brain axis are described, as are imaging after acute coronary syndrome and artificial intelligence in cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, radiographers and physicists explain their roles and contributions in cardiovascular radiology.

IDoR 2018 was celebrated by radiological and radiology-related societies and institutions all over the world, which organised and held a range of different events, such as public lectures, department open days, conferences, symposia and press events. The IDoR 2018 photo gallery depicts the enthusiasm with which this occasion is commemorated, and the team spirit it fosters within the radiological community.

www.internationaldayofradiology.com


The ESR Office celebrated at its headquarters in Vienna with
a charity collection for children with heart diseases.

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