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Next Generation European Congress of Radiology Looks to the Future

This is a picture from ECR 2024

VIENNA — This year’s European Congress of Radiology (ECR), which focused on the next generation of innovation in radiology, has just wrapped up at the Austria Center Vienna. The gathering included 18,861 attendees from 127 countries, a 9% increase from last year.

One of the largest medical meetings in Europe and the second-largest radiological meeting in the world, ECR was held Feb. 28-March 3, 2024, both onsite and online.

Five days of insights, discussions and immersive experiences brought the theme of the gathering, “Next Generation Radiology,” to life. ECR focused on artificial intelligence (AI), and the latest technologies were presented under the theme.

The congress kicked off with an opening ceremony where European Society of Radiology (ESR) President Prof. Carlo Catalano was joined on stage by Ameca, the world’s most advanced robotic humanoid. Together, the two painted a compelling vision of the future of radiology and the pivotal role that AI will play during this transformative era in medical imaging.

The future of radiology was at the heart of this year’s gathering. The AI Expo and Theatre and the Cube hosted companies and experts as they showcased cutting-edge technologies in AI, machine learning and interventional radiology. In addition, the bustling industry exhibition, featuring more than 230 leading companies, served as a hub for collaboration, business and social interactions.

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“Artificial intelligence took center stage this year, illustrating its pivotal role in revolutionizing our medical field. Our technical exhibition proudly featured more than 230 companies presenting their groundbreaking technology, AI applications, and transformative innovations that will enhance diagnostics, image analysis and patient care. In particular, we were proud to organize the AI Theatre and AI Expo once again at this year’s meeting, a hub dedicated to presenting and discussing artificial intelligence’s role in shaping radiology,” said Catalano, who is also the ECR 2024 Congress President.

Beyond the scientific discourse, ECR 2024 celebrated diversity and inclusivity, welcoming participants from 127 countries and spanning a spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds.

A revival of the connAction program saw speakers from various medical professions engage in multidisciplinary discourse designed to foster cross-pollination of ideas and underscore the collaborative ethos at the heart of modern healthcare.

“Looking ahead, the future of our technical exhibition at ECR promises to be even more dynamic. With the rapid advancements in AI and technology, and its increased integration into radiological practices, we anticipate an exponential growth in innovative solutions and collaborations going forward. Our commitment to fostering this progress ensures that future ECRs will continue to serve as the epicenter for the latest developments, driving excellence and efficiency in radiology worldwide,” Catalano said.

ECR 2025 will take place on Feb. 26–March 2.

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