One of the frustrating features when you attend a congress is discovering two presentations that interest you have been scheduled at the same time. Another annoying finding is to hear from a fellow delegate about a really interesting lecture that you missed. With ECR Online, these problems have been solved. Not only are you able to watch a presentation live, you can go back and view a lecture that has already been delivered.
In our field of breast imaging, there were 15 sessions on Wednesday, including: the current challenges in breast MRI; the application of computer-aided diagnosis to breast ultrasound; and a symposium on how to overcome the radiologist’s “problem child” – the dense breast – using a multimodality approach. Yesterday, among the 24 sessions were: contrast-enhanced spectral mammography; a lunch time workshop hosted by GE Healthcare that described a clinical trial of 10,000 women screened with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), and another study that used 3D automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) for screening; and the correlation between radiological and pathological findings.
An innovative feature of this year’s congress was the interactive teaching session where the speaker first presented a clinical case and the audience then answered a multiple-choice question using a real-time voting machine. Dr Karen Kinkel of Switzerland presented a tutorial on multimodality breast imaging, taking into account the performance and cost of ultrasound, mammography, DBT and MRI. Her second case was the trickiest: a 38-year-old woman with a palpable mass in the left breast, a lumpectomy to remove a fibroadenoma five years previously, and a mother who had breast cancer at age 56. Kinkel presented the mammography (seen above), ultrasound and MRI images, weaving in a series of challenging questions. This was a master class, enabling both the live audience and those online to learn from an outstanding teacher.
Those of us unable to travel to Vienna owe a debt of gratitude to the European Society of Radiology for making ECR 2017 freely available.