ESTI Lung Cancer Screening Certification Project



The advent of Lung Cancer Screening (LCS), is to 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) introduced the ‘European certification in nodule assessment and lung cancer screening” (ESTI LCS certification) at the beginning of 2020. This certification is 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 committee chairperson:

Prof. Marie-Pierre Revel, Paris/FR

Upcoming LCS examination:

ECR 2025 Vienna, date to be confirmed

LCS application deadline:

Date to be announced

Future examination date:

ESTI 2025 Bergen, date to be confirmed

General Information

General Information

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 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.

b) Certification
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 online throught the year. 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 + three (3) case-based lectures
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 October. 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%. 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.
All documents have to be submitted in English language.
The examination may take place twice a year, once at the ESTI annual meeting and once during ECR. A valid registration ticket for either congress will be required to enter the examination venue. The LCS certification test consists of a written component only.

Written examination
The written examination will be run using a qualified software like the EDiR software or similar:
– 40 cases/questions of lung nodule assessment and management
– The exam lasts 80 minutes (2mins per case)
– Candidates knowledge will be tested in all aspects relevant to nodule assessment and lung cancer screening


Technical standards

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



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.

>> ESTI LCS Application Form <<

In case of any questions regarding the ESTI LCS project or its examination, please do not hesitate to contact us.



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.


Re-Examination, Cancellation


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.


ESTI LCS Holders
Firstname Lastname City/Country LCS holder since
Nourah Almubarak Jahra/KW 2024
Manuel Bornhof Erlangen/DE 2024
Alexander Fingerle Münsterlingen/CH 2024
Benedikt Heidinger Vienna/AT 2024
Anna Höink Detmold/DE 2024
Sebastiaan Jensch Amsterdam/NL 2024
Birgit Langhans Munich/DE 2024
Roberta Polverosi Padua/IT 2024
Chiara Pozzessere Lausanne/CH 2024
Alcinda Reis Santa Maria da Feira/PT 2024
Sebastian Röhrich Vienna/AT 2024
Gebhard Schmid Neuss/DE 2024
Thies Hendrik Schröder Hamburg/DE 2024
Anastasia Sederholm Helsinki/FI 2024
Frank Steidle Heinsberg/DE 2024
Ellen Susanna-Schelhaas Enschede/NL 2024
Kirsi Volmonen Helsinki/FI 2024
Mark O. Wielpütz Heidelberg/DE 2024
Jack Boschewitz Cologne/DE 2023
Primoz Caf Maribor/SI 2023
Siavash Es’haghi Buderim/AU 2023
Anton Faron Hamburg/DE 2023
Julian Glandorf Hannover/DE 2023
Anne Gramigna Payerne/CH 2023
Jan Philipp Hering Tecklenburg/DE 2023
Julia Kalinka-Grafe Berlin/DE 2023
Philippe Khafagy Fribourg/CH 2023
Johannes Kowallick Bovenden/DE 2023
Tawfik Moher Alsady Laatzen/DE 2023
Mathias Müller Frauenfeld/CH 2023
Tilo Niemann Baden/CH 2023
Martin Neumann Sankt Augustin/DE 2023
Stefano Palmucci Catania/IT 2023
Igor Požek Golnik/SI 2023
Ilaria Pulzato Genoa/IT 2023
Daniel Romeu Vilar Madrid/ES 2023
Carina Ruano Lisbon/PT 2023
Matthias Scholz Göttingen/DE 2023
Georgios Sgourdos Lausanne/CH 2023
Nigel Sommerfeld Brookfiled/AU 2023
Klaus Thomaschewski-von Itter Bonn/DE 2023
Clara Valsecchi Massagno/CH 2023
Rianne Wittenberg Vleuten/NL 2023
Hana Žitnik Ljubljana/SI 2023
Prerana Agarwal Freiburg/DE 2022
Natalie Antunes Cascais/PT 2022
Annemarieke Bartels-Rutten Amsterdam/NL 2022
Felix Döllinger Berlin/DE 2022
Rosana Dos Santos Lisbon/PT 2022
Eva Kocova Hradec Kralove/CZ 2022
Simin Laures Aarau/CH 2022
Anna Luger Innsbruck/AT 2022
Roman Mantel Zurich/CH 2022
Carlos Francisco Muñoz Nuñez Valencia/ES 2022
Dagmar Schwaiger Berlin/DE 2022
Marta Simões Lisbon/PT 2022
Andres Spirig Aarau/CH 2022
Gerlig Widmann Innsbruck/AT 2022

ESTI supports the statement from the ESR regarding cancer screening:


EU Affairs
The ESR fully supports the European Cancer Organisations open letter on cancer screening

October 2022
The European Cancer Organisation (ECO) has published an open letter to EU and national level decision-makers following significant last-minute weakening of the proposals for Council Recommendations on Cancer Screening that undermine scientific advice. 

The ESR shares the concern of the European cancer community at these highly concerning developments and fully endorse ECO’s open letter and its suggested actions. The EU Council Recommendations on cancer screening must be protected.

We encourage ESR members to disseminate the letter amongst their contacts at political level.

CLICK HERE to read the open letter.
CLICK HERE to visit the ESR website.