ECR 2017 closes but storm clouds remain

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

VIENNA - Rarely has the weather been so kind during ECR. We've not seen a drop of rain, and there was no need for the winter coat, hat, and gloves.

But don't be lulled into a false sense of security. The title of this year's congress, "The Flower Gardens of Radiology," suggests all is rosy, but most definitely it isn't.

The gadolinium issue remains unresolved, and continued market uncertainly, product withdrawals, and lawsuits look highly likely. Burnout, dissatisfaction, and gender inequality are growing issues. And Brexit poses a grave, menacing threat not only to the future of U.K. radiology but also to European unity and harmony as a whole.

On the plus side, the imaging community is discussing these big issues and trying to tackle them. That was evident to all at ECR 2017. A decade ago, sessions on burnout would have been inconceivable. A topic like that would have got brushed under the carpet, as if it didn't exist, but now it's being addressed head-on. That must be healthy.

We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of this week's stimulating, well-attended, and professionally organized congress. We have tried to bring you a wide variety of articles and video interviews. The onsite team of five writers, plus our copy editors and layout staff back at base, have kept really busy, as you will see from the wealth of material in our RADCast @ ECR special section.

Over the coming days and weeks, please do spend time catching up on what happened at ECR 2017, and urge your colleagues to do the same. As always, we welcome your feedback and thoughts.

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