Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the European Societies of Cardiovascular Radiology and Thoracic Imaging, it is our great pleasure to invite you to join us in Switzerland for the very first joint meeting in the fields Cardiovascular and Thoracic Imaging.

The meeting will be held in Geneva, from 24th to 26th May 2018, at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG). The conference centre will provide optimum convenience and comfort for our meeting. The centre is ideally located just off the Place des Nations, home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, and within easy reach of Geneva Airport and Geneva main train station. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are within a few minutes walk.

The scientific programme will focus on all aspects of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Imaging, with an emphasis on lively inter-disciplinary discussion. We will review current best clinical practice and explore future developments in our field. We will offer sessions with the WHO on radiation protection and justification of medical imaging and a large number of joint sessions of the two Societies, with a blend of standard formats and subjects and novel approaches, which we hope you will find stimulating and enjoyable. The programme will encompass state-of-the-art scientific presentations; lectures on molecular imaging, CT, MRI, interventional radiology, leadership and management, medico-legal issues, teleradiology and Big Data; inputs from cardiologists and pulmonologists on how imaging helps plan and monitor patient treatment and  follow-up. Poster sessions and popular “hands-on” courses will take place throughout the meeting.

Geneva is a truly international city. In Geneva, you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of urban life, with excellent museums, varied cultural events and world-class gastronomy and the quieter aspects of our delightful countryside, beautiful lake or even a hike on a nearby mountain.

We hope that you will appreciate the more informal features of the meeting, where there will be many opportunities for discussion outside the lecture sessions, to meet colleagues from many different horizons and backgrounds, to exchange, compare and learn. Participation in this event will give you the possibility of establishing new scientific collaboration and new friendships.

We look forward to seeing you in Geneva.
Nigel Howarth
ESTI 2018 Congress President

Jens Bremerich
ESCR 2018 Congress President