The European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) is a not-for-profit, educational and scientific organisation founded by radiologists working in close association with gastroenterologists, hepatologists, abdominal surgeons, pathologists, and other allied specialists.
Its members have a special interest in the imaging and treatment of patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and associated abdominal organs.
The aims of the Society are:
- To advance the study of gastrointestinal and abdominal imaging and intervention, in Europe, by encouraging radiological and clinical excellence, teaching, research and further education in the subspecialty
- To encourage the harmonious interchange and integration of all European radiologists with an interest in this field
- To create links with abdominal radiologists from other continents and with other societies in the fields of abdominal surgery, gastroenterology, hepatology and other allied specialties
ESGAR is registered as a not-for-profit organisation in Vienna, Austria. The executive committee of the society is structured to consist of members from countries throughout Europe.
The income of the society is derived from membership fees,
surplus from annual meetings and workshops, donations,
corporate membership and sponsorship from industry.
The officers of the society believe that the founders' aims
and ambitions have been fulfilled. Today, the society
represents a major forum for all European radiologists
interested in this subspecialty. It has succeeded in
transferring knowledge and information across Europe, has
generated integration and friendship amongst radiologists in
this particular field and encouraged close multidisciplinary
co-operation with gastroenterologists, surgeons and
pathologists. Regarding its future, the society is committed
to create closer links with other groups involved in
Education, Training and Research
The education committee is responsible for co-ordinating education and training aspects of the society's work. Annual meetings of the society generally attract a large number of scientific presentations and exhibits leading to an excellent reputation for its scientific content with presentations at the forefront of radiological research.
The postgraduate course is the main educational tool of the society. The society has endeavoured to take advantage of modern educational methods and theory to improve the quality and effectiveness of both teaching and learning. During the annual meetings this has been seen in the development of interactive tutorials and teaching and the change to electronic posters opening up an extensive potential for e-based self learning. An ad-hoc sub-committee of the program committee has led this work and the innovation of a new workshop structure.