ESSR Webinars

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The ESSR live webinars are designed for radiologists and residents in radiology with an interest in musculoskeletal imaging. Other healthcare professionals are also welcomed.
Beside selected open access videos, past webinars can be viewed at the members’ area of the ESSR homepage.

The aim is to promote the society’s mission in education and research of the imaging of musculoskeletal diseases with a focus on the European tradition of problem solving in this field. New knowledge should be brought from science into clinical practice.

The webinars contain interactive lectures given by opinion leaders in their field, clinical case vignettes, live discussions, and practice tips. Presentations are optimized for micro e-learning, i. e. for the comfortable use with mobile devices. The learning objectives are oriented on the requirements of the ESSR Diploma and the musculoskeletal part of the ESR board examination.

Webinar places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is recommended. Each webinar will last approximately 60 minutes and consists of a mixture of case presentations, a formal lecture and multiple choice questions with an opportunity for discussion at the end.
The webinar will be available offline after the online presentation (ESSR MyUserArea > Educational Material).

Live Webinars 2018

Title: “Imaging of the tendons and ligaments of the ankle”

Time: Monday, November 12, 2018 | 18:00 – 19:00 CET
Speaker: Dr. Eva Llopis, Valencia/ES
Case Presentations: tba

Registration will open one month prior the respective webinar.


Title: “Lumps and bumps of the soft tissue – how to differentiate benign from malignant lesions?”

Time: Monday, December 10, 2018 | 18:00 – 19:00 CET
Speaker: Prof. Filip Vanhoenacker, Antwerp/BE
Case Presentations: tba

Registration will open one month prior the respective webinar.


Title: “Imaging of early arthritis – new frontiers for multimodality imaging”

Time: Monday, May 7, 2018 | 18:00 – 19:00 CET
Speaker: Prof. Franz Kainberger, Vienna/AT
Case Presentation – Two patients with forearm pain after trauma: Dr. Omar Albtoush, Tübingen/DE
Moderation: Dr. Danoob Dalili, St Mary’s Hospital – Imperial College Health care NHS trust, London/UK

Recording soon available.

Since new treatment options are available in rheumatology, the “face” of Rheumatoid Arthritis and related diseases has changed dramatically. The classic appearance, as described in textbooks, with erosions, joint space narrowing and mutilation is observed with decreasing frequency. On the other hand, a discussion has been raised about preventive treatment in the very early stages of arthritis to gain the optimum in protecting the joints from destruction. These tremendous changes and their influence on imaging can be summarized in some simple rules for the investigation techniques and for structured reporting.

Endorsed society:
Österreichischen Röntgengesellschaft, Arbeitsgruppe Muskuloskeletale Radiologie

Title: “Imaging of osteoporosis and body composition – new techniques, new diseases”

Time: Monday, October 8, 2018 | 18:00 – 19:00 CEST
Speaker: Prof. Giuseppe Guglielmi, Foggia/IT
Moderation: Dr. Danoob Dalili, MSK Fellow, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London/UK
Case Presentation: Dr. Carmelo Messina, Milan/IT

Recording available in the ESSR MyUserArea

Endorsed society:
SIRM – Radiologia Muscolo-Scheletrica

Osteoporosis is still now considered one major public health problem, affecting 1 over 2 Caucasian women and 1 over 4 Caucasian men aged 50 years and older and dealing with vertebral fractures and hip fractures. Moreover, it is largely known that mortality is also increased after vertebral fractures.
Currently, the diagnosis of osteoporosis measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is based on areal bone mineral density (aBMD), but osteoporotic fractures can occur also when aBMD is still above the pathologic range. Other imaging modalities, including computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have been used to improve bone assessments and its relation to fracture risk prediction. Among these the most applied is quantitative CT (QCT) scans can measure volumetric BMD (vBMD) and trabecular bone score (TBS), attempting not only to measure the “bone quantity” but also the “bone quality”, by means of the study of microarchitecture, structure, bone turnover and bone strength.
Other several imaging techniques have been still used; among these radiographs even if cannot quantify bone density, “osteopenia” has been used to qualitatively describe an increase in radiolucency of the bone, suggestive of low mineral content.
However, nowadays densitometers also have the capability to image the lateral thoracic and lumbar spine for vertebral fracture assessment (VFA), and even if VFA uses fan-beam methodology to minimize data distortion. scoliosis and osteoarthritic changes, can affect the results.
MRI is also being studied as a tool to assess vertebral bone density based on bone marrow fat content; in fact, vertebral osteoporosis is characterized by thinning trabecular and cortical bone and an increase in fat.
A comprehensive assessment of fracture risk requires data on bone density, fracture history, and bone quality, which can be provided by several imaging modalities, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Clinically, DXA remains to most widely available and used technique to assess BMD as it is the only validated method to diagnosis osteoporosis by WHO T-score criteria. The role of densitometers has expanded to include VFA and TBS, though accessibility to these add-on tools is still limited.

Programme Directors

Webinar Program Director: M. Tzalonikou (GR)
Co-Director: M. Adriaensen (NL), Danoob Dalili (UK)

supported by the ESSR Educational Committee, the ESSR Young Club, and the ESSR Subcommittees



Accreditation in progress for the ESSR Diploma.
CME Accreditation to be defined.