The concept of creating a European Society to promote education and research in the specialty of thoracic imaging emerged from a small group of European chest radiologists who met together in Grenoble in 1992. These people defined the objectives of such an organisation and the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI) was officially founded in 1993 in Luxembourg at the occasion of the founding meeting presided by Robert Dondelinger.
The main activities of the Society have been concentrated on an annual meeting held in June in the country of the Society President. The scientific programmes of such meetings have included most advances in imaging techniques and scientific knowledge for chest diseases, and CME programmes have been delivered by the best European Faculty in thoracic imaging. Beyond the annual meeting the aims of ESTI include to provide recommendations and guidelines for appropriate practice in chest imaging, and to establish long-term relationships with the industry partners in order to convert technologic innovations in new clinical applications.