Celebrating 20 Years of ESTI

This congress was a celebration, marking 20 years since the founding of ESTI, which began as a small group of founding members and has grown to become thriving society contributing to the education in Europe and encouraging worldwide.

Sujal Desai
Sujal Desai

I hope that this year’s meeting also provided a tantalising glimpse into the future of thoracic imaging. The rapid technological developments challenge us in ways previously unimagined: advances in multi-slice CT and magnetic resonance imaging continue to open new avenues for exploration. For example, where traditionally we have not looked at the heart –believing this to be the remit of cardiologists- more and more we now recognize that cardiac imaging is a new quite exciting area to expand our practice. I myself began performing more cardiac imaging with CT four years ago, and admittedly, was brought to it reluctantly. Today, I find I enjoy this new work tremendously, collaborating more and more with cardiologists in a greatly expanded practice.

Another challenge is to better appreciate the role of functional information in diagnosis. Whilst we have long been oriented toward anatomical abnormalities in assessing disease there is a sense of the inextricable links between structure and function. The scientific programme at ESTI 2012 is a testament to the growing recognition of the associations between abnormalities of morphology and physiology. For ESTI these fast-moving developments create an opportunity to reach out to colleagues in other clinical fields and specialities, further expanding the scope and depth of our society. With an internationally recognised faculty of speakers from Europe and North America, ESTI 2012 presented an outstanding forum at the crossroads of scientific research and education. This year we hosted the 1st Collaborative Plenary Session, with the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR); this will focus on the topical subject of lung cancer screening.
ESTI also welcomed the British Society of Thoracic Imaging and we jointly hosted a session on pulmonary vascular disease on Friday 22nd June. All in all, ESTI 2012 was a congress that was attractive not only to those in thoracic radiology, but also to other radiologists and physicians who share an interest in caring for patients with pulmonary disease. 
Please note that the ESTI meeting next year will be part of the 3rd World Congress of Thoracic Imaging in Seoul from June 8-11, 2013. For the first time the members of five thoracic societies will come together in Asia and we hope that many of you will find your way to Seoul to benefit from this international exchange. 
Sujal Desai,
President, European Society
of Thoracic Imaging 2012
Sujal Desai is a Consultant Radiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King‘s College Hospital in London. He trained in General Radiology at King‘s College Hospital and in Thoracic Imaging at the Royal Brompton Hospital under the supervision of Professor David Hansell.
His research thesis on the topic of structural-functional relationships in fibrosing lung diseases was submitted to the University of London in 1998 and awarded an MD in 1999. He is on the editorial board of Clinical Radiology, the Journal of Thoracic Imaging and, most recently, the European Journal of Radiology. He is also a past section editor on the board of PROFILE European Radiology.


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