ECR: a successful conference for Salford

A report of our experiences at the European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, 1-5 March 2017

By Leslie Robinson and Peter Hogg

ECR2017_Final Programme_1000x1333At the beginning of March, Leslie Robinson, Julie Nightingale, Andrew England and Peter Hogg from the University of Salford participated in this congress; an essential feature of the international radiology/radiography conference calendar.

Between them they co-authored 19 oral presentations and posters (indicated below), chaired 1 scientific session and participated in 11 meetings.

An extremely useful feature of ECR is that anyone can watch streamed videos of all papers, even if you can’t make the congress in person!  The videos are available free of charge and they could have value to students and qualified staff. Live video streaming is done for all sessions, this means you can watch oral presentations live/synchronous on TVs screens around the conference centre or on a computer anywhere in the world. We strongly urge you to have a browse through what’s available here

ECR is the second largest medical imaging conference in the world and this year there were 21 500 attendees. There were various scientific sessions and ‘streams’, one stream was entitled Radiographers and there were several sessions for radiographers per day throughout the whole conference. Audience size in the radiographer sessions varied from about 100 to 500 people. Most of our papers were presented in the radiographer sessions, however we presented papers in other sessions too (e.g. European Federation of Radiography Societies (EFRS) and Breast).

On the first day within an EFRS meeting we launched our OPTIMAX 2016 book; a collection of articles about dose optimisation that came out of our annual summer school. The book is available free of charge and downloadable here.

The technical exhibition was large, as always, and we had a number of meetings with vendors with a view to developing research relationships with them.


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Leslie, Peter, Julie and Andrew enjoying Vienna with friends ‘old’ and new

ECR is always held in Vienna. Vienna is an amazing city with beautiful architecture, cuisine and culture. Cultural activities are accommodated through music, museums and art. Overall the cost of attending ECR can be quite cheap so long as you look for value for money.

5 great tips to bringing ECR within your reach!

  1. Book everything in advance
  2. Book an apartment and self-cater for breakfast and take a packed lunch to the conference centre. An apartment of two should work out below £70 per night (so, only £35 each!).
  3. An underground ticket is £15 for six days giving unrestricted travel to all city areas.
  4. Conference registration is 220 Euros for radiographers who are members of the European Society of Radiology (only 11 Euros per year) .
  5. Vienna has an airport but do look at flight options into Bratislava airport, which is 60Km from Vienna centre. Cheap flights go to Bratislava, for instance one of our flights back on Ryanair including a checked bag was under £30. A regular bus service operates between Bratislava airport and Vienna centre, at under £5.00 one way

The abstract book for the conference is available on line but why not search for the streamed presentations: we have taken the indulgent step of highlighting some you may want to check out below!

(NB – the names below indicate the person presenting the work who may not necessarily be the first author).


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Leslie Robinson answering questions 

Leslie Robinson:

  1. The assessment of clinical knowledge, skills and competences for pre- and post- registration radiographers
  2. Small group facilitation: reflections of inexperienced tutors
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Julie Nightingale talking about writing for publication

Julie Nightingale:

  1. Editor’s ten top tips for publishing success
  2. Journal selection: aims and scope, audience and metrics
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Andrew England had a busy time at ECR with 5 presentations


Andrew England:

  1. Evidence of dose optimisation with a single UK radiology department
  1. Skills and competences in care and compassion
  2. Radiation dose from pelvic radiography: a comparison of three digital radiography (DR) systems
  3. Things to consider: the reviewer’s perspective
  4. Impact of acquisition protocol variations on effective dose for CT head examinations
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Peter Hogg was also a familiar face at the lectern

Peter Hogg:

  1. The impact of image blurring on lesion detection performance in full field digital mammography (FFDM)
  2. Effective dose comparison between fixed tube current (FTC) and automatic tube current (ATC) methods for abdominal CT examinations (poster and oral)
  3. The effect of Mean Glandular Dose variations on effective risk from Full Field Digital Mammography in screening
  4. Mathematical modelling of radiation-induced cancer from screening mammography
  5.  An investigation into interface pressure (IP) and pressure ulcer (PU) risk of healthy volunteers whilst lying on medical imaging and radiotherapy tables –


Gunvor Waade:

  1. Breast compression variability within the Norwegian Breast Screening Programme

Matthew Bowdler:

  1. Impact of the anode heel effect on image quality and effective dose for AP pelvis: a pilot study

C.S Reis:

  1. Optimization of full spine curvature radiography in paediatrics: impact of acquisition parameters 

John Robinson:

  1. Does collimation affect patient dose in antero-posterior thoraco-lumbar spine? (poster)

Luis Lanca:

  1. The impact of pitch values on image quality and radiation dose in an abdominal adult phantom using CT (poster)



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