European Society of Radiology receives green light

May 11, 2005

A new European Society of Radiology moved a step closer to reality during ECR 2005. The assemblies of both the European Association of Radiology and the European Congress of Radiology voted in favor of a plan to create the new society through a merger of EAR and ECR.

A new European Society of Radiology moved a step closer to reality during ECR 2005. The assemblies of both the European Association of Radiology and the European Congress of Radiology voted in favor of a plan to create the new society through a merger of EAR and ECR.

"We have decided to redefine the institutions and shape the future of European radiology," said EAR president Prof. Nicholas Gourtsoyiannis. "We are all aware of the officially expressed desire to work towards the creation and establishment of a single house for radiology in Europe."

Officials from EAR and ECR have developed a proposed structure for the society that incorporates the functions, needs, and future aspirations of both groups, he said.

"We believe the proposal fulfills the perceived needs and principles set, reflects the importance of the national and specialty societies in the delivery of radiology in Europe, and guarantees stability and continued growth for European radiology," Gourtsoyiannis said.

A common institution is needed to meet the corresponding needs of national and subspecialty radiological societies, said Prof. Antonio Chiesa, ECR 2005 president. Individual membership in the ESR will be available, and national societies can implement common guidelines of integrated professional practices, teaching and educational methods, and ethics, he said.