Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2020; 24(03): 323-330
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1713119
Review Article

Present Status of Musculoskeletal Radiology in Europe: International Survey by the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology

Žiga Snoj*
1  Radiology Institute, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2  Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
,
Timea Hebar*
3  Radiology Institute, University Medical Centre Maribor, Slovenia
,
Luca Maria Sconfienza
4  IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italy
31  Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche per la Salute, Universität degli studi di Milano, Italy
,
Filip Maria H.M. Vanhoenacker
5  Department of Radiology, Antwerp University Hospital and Antwerp University, Antwerp, Belgium
6  University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
,
Maryam Shahabpour
7  Department of Radiology, Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
,
Vladka Salapura
1  Radiology Institute, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2  Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
,
Amanda Isaac
8  Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
9  Kings College London (KCL), London, United Kingdom
,
Eleni Drakonaki
10  Private Institution of Ultrasonography and MSK Radiology, Heraklion, Greece
11  Department of Anatomy, Medical School of the European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
,
Yurii Vasilev
12  Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Moscow, Russia
,
Jean-Luc Drape
13  Department of Radiology, Hôpital Cochin, Paris, France
,
Miraude Adriaensen
14  Department of Medical Imaging, Zuyderland Medical Center, Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen, Brunssum, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
,
Klaus Friedrich
15  Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Wien, Austria
,
Giuseppe Guglielmi
16  Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Foggia University School of Medicine, Foggia, Italy
,
Alberto Vieira
17  São João University Hospital, Porto Medical School - FMUP, Porto, Portugal
,
Hatice Tuba Sanal
18  Department of Radiology, Health Sciences University, Gülhane Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
,
Liisa Kerttula
19  HUS Medical Imaging Center, Helsinki, Finland
,
Johan Castberg Hellund
20  Clinic of Radiology and Nuclear medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
,
Judit Nagy
21  Innomed Medical, Inc., Budapest, Hungary
,
Andreas Heuck
22  Radiologisches Zentrum München Pasing RZM, Munich, Germany
,
Matthieu Rutten
23  Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
,
Maria Tzalonikou
24  YGEIA Hospital, Athens, Greece
,
Ulrich Hansen
25  Copenhagen University Hospital Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg, Frederiksberg, Denmark
,
Joanna Niemunis-Sawicka
26  2nd Radiology Department, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
,
Fabio Becce
27  Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
,
Enzo Silvestri
28  Department of Radiology, Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale, Genoa, Italy
,
Eva Llopis San Juan
29  Department of Radiology, Hospital de la Ribera, Alzira, Valencia, Spain
,
Klaus Wörtler
30  Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany
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Abstract

No official data exist on the status of musculoskeletal (MSK) radiology in Europe. The Committee for National Societies conducted an international survey to understand the status of training, subspecialization, and local practice among the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (ESSR) partner societies. This article reports the results of that survey. An online questionnaire was distributed to all 26 European national associations that act as official partner societies of the ESSR. The 24 questions were subdivided into six sections: society structure, relationship with the national radiological society, subspecialization, present radiology practice, MSK interventional procedures, and MSK ultrasound. The findings of our study show a lack of standardized training and/or accreditation methods in the field of MSK radiology at a national level. The European diploma in musculoskeletal radiology is directed to partly overcome this problem; however, this certification is still underrecognized. Using certification methods, a more homogeneous European landscape could be created in the future with a view to subspecialist training. MSK ultrasound and MSK interventional procedures should be performed by a health professional with a solid knowledge of the relevant imaging modalities and sufficient training in MSK radiology. Recognition of MSK radiology as an official subspecialty would make the field more attractive for younger colleagues as well as attracting the brightest and best, an important key to further development of both clinical and academic radiology.

Key Points

  • Standardized training and/or accreditation methods in the field of MSK radiology is lacking at a national level.

  • With certification methods, such as the European diploma in musculoskeletal radiology, a more homogeneous European landscape could be created in the future with a view to subspecialist training.

  • Recognition of MSK radiology as an official subspecialty would make the field more attractive for younger colleagues as well as attracting the brightest and best, an important key to further development of both clinical and academic radiology.

* These authors contributed equally to this work.




Publication History

Publication Date:
28 September 2020 (online)

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