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Dear colleagues,

First of all, I hope you, your families and colleagues are all healthy and well during this very uncertain time as we face the novel coronavirus.

Many of you and your colleagues will be working at their limits now, and I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each of you, as part of the ISR community, for your contributions to save lives. During this pandemic, more than ever, the International Society of Radiology is committed to its role as a convener and facilitator for continental, regional, and national initiatives with the aim to provide and share support.

In this special newsletter we want to provide you with some information on our activities related to coronavirus disease, above all our new webpage on COVID-19 resources from all over the world. Many thanks to all those of you who have agreed to share their guidelines and other relevant material with the imaging community. As you will also read, our collaboration with the WHO and the IAEA has become particularly important in this time of pandemic.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the ISR. I wish you all strength, safety and health and a full and speedy recovery to those who are affected by the disease in your country.

Lluís Donoso Bach, MD, PhD


The mission of the ISR as a representative NGO with the WHO is to facilitate the global endeavors of the ISR’s member organizations to improve patient care and population health through medical imaging. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ISR now offers a collection of freely accessible resources on its website, including guidelines provided by member societies from all over the world.

The ISR COVID-19 webpage has three sections:

  • Resources from ISR members
  • Open source publications and websites on COVID-19
  • WHO advice related to imaging use for the management of COVID-19 including ISR input.

Content will be added continuously.



WHO is supporting countries in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic regarding the use of radiation in health facilities and, as part of this work, it is developing a Rapid Advice Guide on the use of imaging in patients with COVID-19.

WHO established a Guideline Development Group (GDG) chaired by Guy Frija, Co-Chair of the ISR Quality and Safety Alliance (ISRQSA), which includes numerous experts from diverse clinical specialties/areas from all over the world, including imaging experts proposed by the ISR. ISR Communications Working Group member Ivana Blazic, who has been providing technical support to WHO in previous projects, is now assisting as ISR expert and rapporteur in this endeavour. Given the current circumstances, the core group is currently working hard, in constant exchange, to finalize the guide under a very compressed timeline.

Systematic reviews of the literature are being conducted to inform evidence-based recommendations. To provide additional information, the ISR, in collaboration with the European Society of Radiology (ESR) has performed a survey of selected hospitals across the globe to gain insights into how medical imaging is used in the management of COVID-19 and to what extent the novel disease impacts the radiology department’s routine work.


On April 8 an ESR Connect Special Report – Radiology fighting COVID-19 virtual live event was offered in collaboration with the ISR and the IAEA. Two renowned chest radiologists, Marie-Pierre Revel from France and Marcelo Sanchez Gonzalez from Spain shared their country perspectives and provided recommendations on how to maintain radiology services in terms of equipment and operation for non-COVID patients during the pandemic. May Abdel-Wahab, Director of the IAEA’s Division of Human Health, provided the introductory statement. ESR Second Vice-President Adrian Brady from Ireland moderated the session, including a Q&A segment. The episode is now available for free on demand on the ESR Connect platform and the ESR YouTube channel.

Other illness does not stop – how do we maintain our imaging services?
ESR Connect Special Report: Radiology fighting COVID-19
Watch for free on ESR Connect and ESR YouTube!



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