Message from Your ISRRT VP Europe Africa

ECR 2019 is attracting record high number of radiographers from all over the world!

The ECR is one of the biggest congresses in medical imaging in the world and it gets bigger and bigger every year. There has been a significant increase in number of attendants and submission of abstracts over the last years, especially from radiographers. 

Abstract submission for the forthcoming European Congress of Radiology closed on October 15, with a record of 8,469 submitted abstracts. This stunning increase of almost 18%, means a plus of more than 1,200 abstracts in comparison to ECR 2018, by far exceeding all expectations. This indicates that the ECR 2019 will be the biggest congress in medical imaging that Europe has ever seen. 

Especially positive, the growth of abstracts submitted from all over the world for the Radiographers’ programme (+62%) is a strong sign of the growing community involved in the ECR. For the ISRRT it is very encouraging to see the big increase in submitted abstracts coming from outside Europe with countries like India, China, Japan, USA, Egypt and Korea all on the top 11 list. 

The ISRRT have a long tradition of being present at the ECR, and for the 2019 congress we are invited by the ESR to again contribute to the scientific program by organising a ISRRT Meets Africa session. The event, which shall be held on Friday, March 1, 2019/16:00-17:30, will cover a wide range of topics delivered by radiographers from across the African continent. 

The ISRRT will as usual have a booth at the Radiographers Loung area together with several other radiographer societies including the EFRS. Come and visit the radiographers lounge area and the ISRRT booth while attending ECR. We always want to expand and strengthen our network of contacts and would really like to see you there!

Håkon Hjemly, ISRRT VP Europe Africa