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Advanced visualization tools that deliver actionable insights across the care continuum. Giving Radiologists a voice by expanding imaging beyond traditional boundaries. Visit us at ECR Booth No. 321 | 4 - 8 March 2015 ight toInsightS W W W. H E A LT H C A R E - I N - E U R O P E . C O M 2015ECR @ S P E C I A L I S S U E F O R T H E E U R O P E A N C O N G R E S S O F R A D I O L O G Y V I E N N A • A U S T R I A • 4 - 8 M A R C H 2 0 1 5 Future ESR President defines the goalsDuring an exclusive European Hospital interview, in the run up to ECR 2015, Professor Lluís Donoso-Bach MD PhD, incoming President of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), outlines his plans to tackle challenges facing radiology in Europe – and anticipates a brighter future in Spain Interview: Mélisande Rouger ‘Promoting education remains our core business,’ Lluís Donoso-Bach confirms. ‘We will open new learn- ing centres in Bogotá and Vienna, and are planning a further one in Moscow. We will also launch the ESR e-learning Platform at ECR 2015 and try to offer an online examina- tion for the European Diploma in Radiology. ‘On the research front, we will continue our efforts concerning the quantification of data using bio- markers and biobanks, among oth- ers. ‘We will soon launch ESR iGu- ide, a clinical decision support sys- tem for European imaging referral guidelines. We recently created a first level of standards on safety, and want to explore the possibility of performing quality control directly on the level of the department management. Meanwhile, we will continue to promote the EuroSafe Imaging campaign to raise aware- ness on radiation protection. ‘We will also strengthen our lob- bying actions with European insti- tutions to influence EU legislation. We notably launched a Call for a European Action Plan for Medical Imaging last November, to highlight heterogeneities in Europe and pro- mote harmonisation.’ What is the society’s stance on teleradiology? ‘Teleradiology should be a medi- cal act that includes not only a report but also consultation with the patient, justification and control of the examination, and follow-up of the outcome. Out-sourcing can also do that, but the problem is that some companies only offer the report and for very low fees, which is what endangers the clinical part of our work. ‘We have published many position papers and work tirelessly with the EU Commission and Directorates General in the European Parliament to defend our position, the problem is that we are not always heard.’ What upcoming IT solutions do you foresee in clinical practice? ‘There is a very clear trend for cloud computing. Working in a cloud will revolutionise the way we do imag- ing. It will be split into image acquisition, analysis and processing. We will need structured reports, where we can automatically com- bine information coming from all these phases. ‘The way we write reports will change, and we will move from a subjective approach to using stand- ardised vocabulary based on quanti- fied and processed data. Our reports will be interoperable between dif- ferent clouds, and systems will emerge to help radiologists write their reports accordingly. Lluís Donoso-Bach MD PhD is Director of Diagnostic Imaging at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. He is also the Executive Director of the UDIAT diagnostic centre at the health corporation Parc Taulí. In 1992 he became Chairman of the Radiology Department of the UDIAT Diagnostic Centre at the Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí and, in 1998, was appointed its Exe­cutive Director.Among his numerous honors is the Gold Medal of the Spanish Society of Radiology and he has received honorary memberships of the Argentinean Society of Radiology, Mexican Federation of Radiology, Italian Society of Radiology, French Society of Radiology and the German Society of Radiology. He has also published over 90 articles, seven book chapters and has lectured across the globe. Japanese firm celebrates 140 successful years The son of a craftsman making Buddhist altars, he was driven to create instruments for physics and chemistry. Attending the Physics and Chemistry Research Institute he gained experience with a variety of technologies and fields of expertise. He was convinced that Japan, as a country with few natural resources, should work towards becoming a leader in science. At the dawn of the industrial revolution and scien- tific age in 1875 he founded his own business in Kiyamachi, Kyoto. His name was Genzo Shimadzu. Continued on pages 20-21 From crafting Buddhist altars to creating space-age systems ©EuropeanSocietyofRadiology(ESR) Continued on page 6 V I E N N A • A U S T R I A • 4 - 8 M A R C H 2015

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