Congress programme

Congress Programme

June 13-14: Ultrasound Workshop
This 1,5 days workshop will be organised by the ESSR Ultrasound Subcommittee in cooperation with the Local Organising Committee.

Resident Day – June 13 (0.5 days)
This 0.5 days workshop is a beginner course, teaching the basics and the shoulder. Target Group: Residents in MSK radiology.
Course Outline:
Wednesday afternoon: Basic course on shoulder ultrasound + hands-on (divided into beginners and advanced groups)

Masterclass on Nerves – June 14 (1 day)
This one day workshop is a Masterclass on Nerves, aimed at radiologists with Ultrasound experience. Target Group: Fully trained radiologists.
Course Outline:
Thursday morning: Nerve and muscles of the brachial plexus + upper limb ultrasound course + hands-on
Thursday afternoon: Nerve and muscles around the pelvis + lower limb ultrasound course + hands-on

June 15-16: Annual Scientific Meeting
The congress programme will offer scientific sessions and educational lectures presented in parallel sessions allowing delegates to put together a program best suited to their needs. This year the theme will be “Muscle and Nerve”.

NEW June 16: MRI Workshop in Spondyloarthritis: An Adventure in Experiential Learning
PART 1: Early SpA
Objectives: To understand the evolution of early disease and recognize the contribution of different MRI sequences. When is MRI examination appropriate? Which sacroiliac joint lesions are sensitive/specific for SpA? By the completion of this section, participants will recognize the typical abnormalities seen in early SpA on MRI and will solve diagnostic case-based problems posed by the moderator in a real-time interactive feedback format.
PART 2: The Spectrum of SpA
Objectives: To understand the spectrum of SpA lesions. What constitutes pathological versus physiological fat in the SIJ? Which spinal lesions are sensitive/specific for SpA? Why are SpA-specific scanning protocols of the spine necessary? How does treatment influence the appearance of MRI lesions?
PART 3: Differential Diagnosis
Objectives: To recognize the abnormalities that often cause difficulties in discrimination from SpA in the sacroiliac joint and spine. What differentiates SpA from normal variation of the sacroiliac joint? Should the spine be routinely scanned or just the sacroiliac joints? What differentiates SpA from osteitis condensans ilii, degenerative disease, DISH?
>> Registration for the workshop is compulsory and free of charge for congress registrants.
Download – ESSR – MRI Workshop in SpA – Programme outline
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CME Accreditation

The ESSR Ultrasound Workshop 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13/06/2018-14/06/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 11 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

The ESSR Annual Scientific Meeting 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15/06/2018-16/06/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 14 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


Interview with the congress president

The title image of this year’s Annual Meeting shows the city of Amsterdam with characteristic facets. What was your idea behind the selection of this picture?

It makes me smile! These drawings (there are two different images and congress posters) give a colourful original impression of the city of Amsterdam with playful details. The more you look the more you see. It is an attractive invitation to the upcoming meeting.

The main topic is “Muscle and Nerve”. Why is this currently a hot topic in the research and education of musculoskeletal imaging?

New developments in both ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging provide high detailed anatomy. Even the smallest nerves can be visualised. Therefore knowledge of nerve anatomy, how the optimise your imaging and how to interpret pathology is essential. On the other hand, larger field view is achieved with whole body imaging, using CT and MRI. These techniques can be applied in your practice with the possibility of molecular imaging as well.
Research focusses on the early and specific detection of nerve and muscle pathology, including tumors and trauma, with the use of new MR sequences, MR neurography and MR spectroscopy.
Imaging of muscle injury is an important topic in sports, in professionals as well as “amateurs” of all ages. Questions focus on return to play. Age specific injuries like bony avulsions or muscle tendon junction pathology can be differentiated and clinicians rely on state-of-the-art imaging to treat their patients.
Loss of muscle quality, seen as muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration, can be present in neurologic diseases or in case of nerve entrapment. But muscle loss effects daily life in eldery as well and sarcopenia is high on the agenda of vital aging. Radiology plays an important role to diagnose muscle loss but also to quantify this.
As a guest editor of Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology I had the honor to invite ten colleagues to write an article on hot topics in a special issue on “Muscle and Nerve”, which will be available at the ESSR meeting.

What will be new at this meeting?

The popular ultrasound workshop has expanded: there is a resident course in Shoulder ultrasound on Wednesday and a full day hands-on Nerve ultrasound workshop on Thursday. The last places are available for the shoulder workshop, the nerve- day is already fully booked. New is a Webinar with EULAR (the european meeting of rheumatologists) on the early detection of rheumatologic diseases. Two radiologists and two rheumatologists will address the clinical use of MRI and the audience is invited to contribute to the discussion. In addition you can attend a case based practical workshop on axial spondyloarthritis using your own computer.
And we are digital this year! You can download ESSR2018 from the appstore: showing the program, the speakers, daily updates with pictures and movies. The PDFs of the lectures will be available on the App as well.

Musculoskeletal radiology is a very innovative field of imaging with new diseases, new imaging techniques and especially an expansion of the clinical applications. How can all this be put in a 2 day congress program?

That is a challenge indeed. This is only possible thanks to my colleagues who accepted to contribute as a speaker and the members of the subcommittees who provided me with excellent topics. We succeeded to make an attractive parallel program in two rooms and two lunch symposia, combining refresher courses and scientific sessions. As a delegate you can choose the topics you are most interested in. So if you did not get a ticket for the nerve workshop, you can still attend the “Masterclass on Nerves” during lunch on Friday.

This is the 25th Annual Meeting of the ESSR. How will you celebrate this anniversary?

It is my pleasure to invite all delegates to the welcome reception at the Krasnapolsky Hotel on Friday 15 June. The Michelin star chef will provide us with local food and drinks and special entertainment is expected…!
The Galadinner on Saturday 16 June is at a very special location, the museum Hermitage, a dependance of the museum in Sint Petersburg. On the sounds of a popular dutch DJ there is a possibility to show your moves as well!

Monique Reijnierse

Congress President 2018

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