ESTI Lung Cancer Screening Certification Project
The advent of Lung Cancer Screening (LCS), will improve survival in patients at risk of developing lung cancer. It is important to ensure that LCS is practiced at a similar quality level to the trials that have proven its value, in order to ensure that there is maximal benefit from its introduction. The European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI) plans to introduce the ‘European certification in nodule assessment and lung cancer screening” (ESTI LCS certification) at the beginning of 2020. This certification shall be a common European qualification for nodule assessment and for lung cancer screening. The objective is to standardise training and expertise quality across Europe.
The ESTI LCS certification project is supported by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
LCS project responsible person
Prof. Marie-Pierre Revel, Paris/FR
1. The ESTI LCS certification is acquired in 3 steps
– Step 1: Email Application
– Step 2: Completion of all requirements (eligibility criteria)
– Step 3: Written examination
2. Only a limited number of candidates can be accepted for workshops and the examination, which will be held on meeting occasions like the annual ESTI congress or during ECR in Vienna. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis depending on the date of receipt of application form. Early application is therefore recommended.
3. The result of the examination will produce a total score for each candidate.
4. Upon decision, a list of pass and fail candidates will be produced and candidates will be informed accordingly by email.
Successful candidates will be awarded the ESTI Lung Cancer Screening Certification.
Handling Fee for the final examination
Full member: € 200.00
Corresponding member: € 300.00
Re-Examination: € 100.00
Additional fees for workshops, case-based lectures and sessions may apply.
Step 1 - Email Application
STEP 1 – Email Application
Please send an email to office@myESTI.org in order to add your name to the LCS interest list. From now on you will be included in the mailing and newsletter list to be up-to-date. Furthermore, you can now start to complete all requirements of Step 2.
Step 2 - Completion of all requirements
STEP 2 – Completion of all requirements (eligibility criteria)
a) Application form
The completed application form must be submitted to the ESTI Office.
Certification as a specialist in radiology is required.
c) Proof of practice
The ESTI LCS certification may only be awarded to fully trained, licensed, and practising radiologists. Specialists from other fields and radiologists no longer in practice are specifically excluded from being granted the ESR supported ESTI LCS certification. For the purposes of this requirement, a proof of practice has to be provided. Chest CT has to be a significant part of the practice (a minimum of 200 chest CT scans to be read/year).
d) Curriculum vitae
A one-page curriculum vitae (CV) has to be provided.
e) ESTI and ESR membership
Applicants have to be active full or corresponding radiologist members in good standing of ESTI and ESR, in the year(s) of application and examination.
f) Practical part: Attendance at workshops on how to use CAD and AI software
Organised on occasion of ECR or at ESTI annual meetings. These workshops will be organised in collaboration with the industry but driven by members of the ESTI LCS working group.
A certificate of attendance of at least one (1) workshop has to be provided. Details are available on the LCS practical part page.
ESTI offers to do CAD/AI workshops locally/in your own country. You will have to provide a certificate of attendance, details about the programme and faculty. The LCS committee will then decide if this local workshop counts as CAD/AI workshop (for the final examination).
g) E-learning part: Six (6) LCS webinars + thee (3) case-based lectures
New during 2021:
ESTI offers the 6 LCS webinars + 3 case-based lectures (in total 9 lectures) on a dedicated platform where you can view them anytime between mid May until end of July. During this period, you will have the chance to do nine (9) self-assessment tests. Passmark for each self-assessment test is 90%. You will have the chance to do the test as often as you want (during the mentioned period), until you reach the passmark 90%. The confirmations will be sent within August 2021. Costs to enter the e-learning platform and do the self-assessment tests: 50,00 EUR. Details are available on the LCS e-learning part page.
Step 3 - Examination
STEP 3 – (Case-based) Examination
Once met the requirements from Step 2, the candidate can apply for the examination and will undergo a final LCS certification test. The examination may take place twice a year, once at the ESTI annual meeting and once during ECR.
The LCS certification test consists of a written component only. Each candidate will be examined by ESTI qualified examiners.
The written examination will be run using a qualified software like the EDiR software or similar:
– 60 cases/questions of lung nodule assessment and management
– Candidates knowledge will be tested in all aspects relevant to nodule assessment and lung cancer screening
– To obtain certification, a passmark of 90% is required
Please click here to download the technical standards:
> Technical standards
Structured report basic template
Please click here to download the structured report basic template:
> Structured report basic template
Next Examination: date is to be announced
Application is closed.
For your application kindly complete the application form and return it to the ESTI Office for approval by the ESTI LCS working group.
The ESTI Office will confirm the receipt of the candidates application and all required additional information once received. If a candidate cannot provide all entry criteria by the stated deadline, his/her registration for the certification will be cancelled. Candidates judged to have satisfied the entry criteria will be eligible to take the examination and informed accordingly by the ESTI Office.
In case of any questions regarding the ESTI LCS project or its examination, please do not hesitate to contact the ESTI Office: office@myESTI.org.
LCS certification renewal after four (4) years
ESTI will renew the Lung Cancer Screening Certification every four years for full/corresponding radiologist members in
good standing of ESTI and ESR and after passing the test/exam in the respective year again.
In case a candidate did not pass the ESTI Lung Cancer Screening certification test he/she has the possibility to retake the examination one year later. A reduced fee of € 100.00 will be granted for a re-examination.
No refunds can be provided if the applicant withdraws his/her application after acceptance of the same. If applying again for the next examination, only 50% of the respective handling fee will be charged.