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In memoriam Dr. Ian Isherwood

Dr. Isherwood was a U.K. radiologist responsible for much of the important early clinical development of CT


Ian Isherwood (March 30, 1931 - September 3, 2018) received the Beclère Medal in 1998, he was president of the Radiological Section of the U.K. Royal Society of Medicine, British Society of Neuroradiologists, Manchester Medical Society, and the British Society for the History of Radiology, which he founded. He also chaired the European Association of Radiology, predecessor of the current ESR.

Professor of diagnostic radiology at the University of Manchester from 1975 until his retirement in 1993, was at the forefront of advances in the teaching and applications of radiology, and he helped establish diagnostic radiology as an important specialty in academic medicine internationally. He promoted multidisciplinary research into the development and application of new imaging techniques in many important areas.

He pioneered the use of CT scanning in medicine; the world's first commercial CT head scanner was installed at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1972, and the first commercial whole-body scanner in Europe was installed in the university's Department of Diagnostic Radiology in 1975. He was one of the first to recognize the huge impact that Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), later referred to as MRI, would have on the diagnosis and management of disease.

The first cryogenic superconducting NMR scanner in Europe was installed in Manchester in 1983, and then the Ian Isherwood MRI Centre in the department of diagnostic radiology was opened by Isherwood himself in May 1997. The new facility allowed the study of body structure and also body function, particularly of the brain. One of its systems was networked to a similar scanner based in the department of neuroradiology at the Royal Infirmary, enabling scans made on one machine to be instantly available on the other. This was unique in the U.K. at that time.

Tributes are already flowing in for a key figure in the history of European medical imaging.




In memoriam Dr. Alexander Margulis

Dr. Margulis was the one who suggested the term "Interventional Radiology" in an American Journal of Radiology editorial from 1967


Alexander R. Margulis (March 31, 1921 - September 7, 2018) was a Serbian American physician born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; he has received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1950, followed by a residency in radiology at the University of Michigan. He was a professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University.

He was formerly the Associate Chancellor and Chairman of Radiology at University of California, San Francisco, and after serving in the US Army Medical Corps, he joined the faculty of Washington University, St. Louis, rising to full professor.

In 1963, he moved to the University of California, San Francisco, as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology. He moved to Weill-Cornell in 2000.

He was married to Hedvig Hricak, also a radiologist, now at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City. Margulis died in September 2018 at the age of 97.

He has published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has also authored or co-authored several books:
· Alimentary Tract Radiology
· Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging
· Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Imaging

It was Margulis, 11 in March 1967, in the American Journal of Radiology editorial that suggested the concept of "Interventional Radiology" for all controlled procedure under fluoroscopic guidance, predominantly therapeutic, emphasizing the need for "special training to develop technical skills, knowledge clinical and ability to care for patients before, during and after the procedure; as well as the close relationship with surgeons and internists.



WHO publishes documments, leaflets and posters to support radiation risk communication in paediatric imaging

World Health Organization (WHO) has published several documents and a set of leaflets and posters for patients, parents and families to support radiation risk communication in paediatric imaging



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Interventional radiology
Nuclear Medicine


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Interventional radiology
Nuclear Medicine




Summary of the proceedings of the ESR International Forum 2017: “Position of interventional radiology within radiology”

Participation of the ISR with its president Dr. García Mónaco

The International Forum is held once a year by the ESR and its international radiological partner societies with the aim to address and discuss selected topics of global relevance in radiology. In 2017, the issue of the position of interventional radiology (IR) within radiology was analysed. IR is expanding because of the increased patient demand for minimally invasive therapies performed under imaging guidance, and its success in improving patient outcomes, reducing in-hospital stays, reducing morbidity and mortality of treatment in many organs and organ-systems. Despite the many successes of IR, public awareness about it is quite low. IR requires specific training and, in most countries, the majority of interventional radiologists do not dedicate their time completely to IR but perform diagnostic radiology investigations as well. Turf battles in IR are common in many countries. To preserve and keep IR within radiology, it is necessary to focus more on direct and longitudinal patient care. Having beds dedicated to IR within radiology departments is very important to increase clinical involvement of interventional radiologists. IR procedures fit perfectly within “value-based healthcare”, but the metrics have to be developed.

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ISR at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2018


The International Society of Radiology had a busy schedule at ECR 2018 held in Vienna 28 February until 4 March 2018. The theme of the congress “Diverse & United” perfectly also suits the mission of the ISR, which is to facilitate the global endeavors of its member organisations from across the globe to improve patient care and population health through medical imaging.

The ISR was invited to present its view on the topic of value-based radiology at the ESR International Forum Meeting. ISR President Dr. Garcia Monaco presented the ISR perspective and emphasised the need to position and highlight radiology in the value-based healthcare concept to ensure patients recognize the radiologist as a key integrating player in modern health care. He underlined that value-based radiology will ensure professional relevance and the success of radiology specialty. Together with artificial intelligence and data mining, value-based radiology is definitely a concept that will shape the future of the profession and of healthcare at large.

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Following the ESR International Forum, Dr. Garcia-Monaco and Dr. Parizel, Chair of the ESR Board of Directors, discussed opportunities of collaboration to strengthen the ISR’s convener function for radiology worldwide.


In addition to its Executive Committee meeting, the ISR organized a meeting of the ISRQSA to update campaigns on recent activities with the WHO and IAEA as well as to learn about the latest initiatives of the safe campaigns. The ISR officers also held a series of bilateral meetings, including appointments with the ISRRT, the IOMP, the WHO as well as with two sections of IAEA. One of the highlights was the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the ISRRT to formalize the two organisations’ relations and to pave the way for closer collaboration on the promotion of high standards of patient care, radiation protection, ethical considerations and topical issues within the scope of the professions as well as to exchange information and to promote each other’s activities.

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During an informal meeting on ESR’S EuroSafe Imaging campaign and alliance, Dr. Garcia-Monaco and Dr. G. Frija, EuroSafe Imaging Chair and ISRQSA Co-Chair emphasised the importance of ISR’s convener and facilitator function for continental, regional and national quality and safety campaigns in radiology.




ISR meets Tunisia at the 18èmes Journées Franco-Tunisiennes de Radiologie

9-11 March 2018


Tunisia was the first country to apply for the new “Meet the ISR” format developed to further the mission of the ISR by providing teams of ISR representatives to participate and contribute to ISR member national society or regional radiology meetings.
ISR President Dr. Garcia Monaco, ISR President Elect Dr. Luis Donoso as well as ISRQSA Co-Chair Dr. Guy Frija followed the invitation to the French-Tunisian radiology congress and presented the ISR as well as hot topics in radiology.

During the dedicated ISR meets Tunisia session with a focus on Afrosafe and quality and safety matters at large, G. Frija presented the ISRQSA and L. Donoso provided an overview of the ESR’s imaging referral guidelines ESR iGuide, highlighting the new web portal solution and dissemination policy in low and middle-income countries.

The scientific lectures by ISR president Dr. Garcia Monaco focused on interventional radiology topics.

The ISR delegation enjoyed the great hospitality by the local hosts and found the “Meet the ISR” concept a fruitful way to engage with the local radiology community.

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EuroSafe Imaging and the IAEA Radiation Protection of Patients Unit

EuroSafe Imaging and the IAEA Radiation Protection of Patients Unit are pleased to organise jointly a free webinar on Clinical Decision Support on November 2, 2017 at 15:00 CET.

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New Training, ISR Radiation Protection Training Program

We are pleased to announce a new challenge that we’ve undertaking here at the ISR and the ISRQSA: the “Radiation Protection Training Program for Patients/Public”.

This program is open to all learners, free of charge, with the objective of sharing information which can be used as a resource for professionals, especially in developing countries.

The ISR and ISRQSA program, in conjunction with the Image Gently Alliance and IAEA Radiation Protection of Patients webinars, will explore topics centered around Radiation and Medical Imaging in children including strategies and communication tools to help educate and empower both patients and their families.

The program will explore topics centered around Radiation and Medical Imaging in children including strategies and communication tools to help educate and empower both patients and their families.


With this project, ISR continues to expand its global training initiative started in 2009 with the completion of the first Virtual Congress, which was followed by the second and third sessions in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Online courses in this context have been gaining ground, both in terms of demand and recognition, due to their success in meeting training needs that require flexible, effective and technologically-based models of education.

Technical Features of the trainings:





The ISR participated in the WHO consultation on the thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019 - 2023

The ISR participated in the WHO consultation on the thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019 - 2023 and submitted a statement in October, emphasising that medical imaging plays a strong role in many of the WHO’s strategic priorities.

The ISR statement highlights the need for universal access to imaging for communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases as well as for emergencies and advocates the establishment of a global plan for medical imaging covering equipment and health workforce  aspects, implemented through regional centres of excellence.



ISR presents radiological quality and safety campaigns across the globe at IAEA International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine

The ISR is getting ready for its participation in the IAEA International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine in Vienna, 11-15 December. As a cooperating organisation of the conference, the ISR has the opportunity to present its quality and safety activities. The ISR is honoured about the invitation to hold a lunchtime session on December 14, presenting regional and national quality and safety campaigns driven by professional organisations demonstrating how the Bonn Call for Action has been turned into practice.


International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: Achieving Change in Practice
International Society of Radiology (ISR) Lunchtime Session

Regional and national quality and safety campaigns driven by professional organisations – Bonn Call for Action turned into practice
Thursday 14 December 2017, 12:10-13:10

Chairs: G. Frija (ISRQSA Co-Chair), D. Frush (ISRQSA Co-Chair), M. Perez (WHO)
12:10-12:15  Introduction: ISR and its Quality and Safety Alliance L. Donoso, ISR President-Elect, Barcelona/Spain (5 min)
12:15-12:23 Achieving justification in a LMIC: Example of Egypt by ArabSafe, D. Husseiny, Cairo/Egypt (8 min)
12:23-12:31 Optimisation: A new concept for Diagnostic Reference Levels developed by EuroSafe Imaging, G. Frija, Paris/France (8 min)
12:31-12:46 Importance of medical equipment quality for patient safety: Situation in North Africa by F-AFROSAFE, B. Mansouri, Algiers/Algeria (5 min)
Situation in East Africa by E-AFROSAFE, M. Kawooya, Kampala/Uganda (5 min)
Situation in West Africa by E.H. Niang, Dakar/Senegal (5 min)
12:46-12:54  Imaging for children - good practices by Image Gently, D. Frush, Durham, NC/USA (8 min)
12:54-13:02  Challenges and opportunities for implementing efficient radiation protection in Latin America by LATINSAFE, R.A. Mendonça, São Paulo/Brazil (8 min)
13:02-13:10  Discussion


ISR co-organises WHO workshop on radiation risk communication in paediatric imaging
The ISR is very pleased to act as co-organiser of the WHO Workshop on Radiation Risk Communication in Paediatric Imaging in Vienna on 10 December 2017. The workshop will gather 24 experts and aims at finalising a set of leaflets targeting patients, parents, family members to support benefit-risk dialogue in paediatric imaging and collect stakeholders’ feedback; to improve informational, motivational and persuasive messages tailored to different audiences for effective radiation risk communication in this field as well as to identify gaps/needs in education and training tools and activities for health professional to improve their communication skills towards an effective radiation benefit-risk dialogue in paediatric health care.
The joint workshop is part of the collaboration plan between WHO and the ISR as non-state actor in official relations with WHO.





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