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EUSOBI recommendations for breast imaging and cancer diagnosis during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

In this document the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) provides recommendations for breast care provision and procedural prioritization at the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, being aware that medical decisions must be taken balancing individual and community safety as well as the safety of healthcare workers.


We are happy to introduce the book, ‘Screening & Beyond’, created especially for the International Day of Radiology 2016.

It is packed with information provided by many of the world’s top experts on breast imaging, including member of EUSOBI – European Society of Breast Imaging, the Society of Breast Imaging, ESTRO, European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research and EUROPA DONNA – The European Breast Cancer Coalition


Axillary lymphadenopathy at the time of COVID-19 vaccination: ten recommendations from the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI)
Simone Schiaffino, Katja Pinker, Veronica Magni, Andrea Cozzi, Alexandra Athanasiou, Pascal A. T. Baltzer, Julia Camps Herrero, Paola Clauser, Eva M. Fallenberg, Gábor Forrai, Michael H. Fuchsjäger, Thomas H. Helbich, Fleur Kilburn-Toppin, Christiane K. Kuhl, Mihai Lesaru, Ritse M. Mann, Pietro Panizza, Federica Pediconi, Ruud M. Pijnappel, Tamar Sella, Isabelle Thomassin-Naggara, Sophia Zackrisson, Fiona J. Gilbert & Francesco Sardanelli
Insights Imaging 12, 119 (2021).

Diffusion-weighted imaging of the breast—a consensus and mission statement from the EUSOBI International Breast Diffusion-Weighted Imaging working group.
Baltzer, P., Mann, R.M., Iima, M., Sigmund E.E., Clauser P., Gilbert F.J., Martincich L., Partridge S.C., Patterson A., Pinker K., Thibault F., Camps-Herrero J. & Le Bihan D., on behalf of the EUSOBI International Breast Diffusion-Weighted Imaging Working Group
Eur Radiol 30, 1436–1450 (2020).
Translations: Slovakian

Breast ultrasound: recommendations for information to women and referring physicians by the European Society of Breast Imaging
Andrew Evans, Rubina M. Trimboli, Alexandra Athanasiou, Corinne Balleyguier, Pascal A. Baltzer, Ulrich Bick, Julia Camps Herrero, Paola Clauser, Catherine Colin, Eleanor Cornford, Eva M. Fallenberg, Michael H. Fuchsjaeger, Fiona J. Gilbert, Thomas H. Helbich, Karen Kinkel, Sylvia H. Heywang-Köbrunner, Christiane K. Kuhl, Ritse M. Mann, Laura Martincich, Pietro Panizza, Federica Pediconi, Ruud M. Pijnappel, Katja Pinker, Sophia Zackrisson, Gabor Forrai, Francesco Sardanelli, for the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI), with language review by Europa Donna – The European Breast Cancer Coalition
Insights Imaging (2018).

A survey by the European Society of Breast Imaging on the utilisation of breast MRI in clinical practice.
Clauser P, Mann R, Athanasiou A, Prosch H, Pinker K, Dietzel M, Helbich TH, Fuchsjäger M, Camps-Herrero J, Sardanelli F, Forrai G, Baltzer PAT.
Eur Radiol. 2017 Nov 22. doi: 10.1007/s00330-017-5121-4

Mammography: an update of the EUSOBI recommendations on information for women.
Sardanelli F, Fallenberg EM, Clauser P, Trimboli RM, Camps-Herrero J, Helbich TH, Forrai G; European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI), with language review by Europa Donna–The European Breast Cancer Coalition.
Insights Imaging. 2017 Feb;8(1):11-18. doi: 10.1007/s13244-016-0531-4. Epub 2016 Nov 16.
Translations: Estonian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish

Position paper on screening for breast cancer by the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) and 30 national breast radiology bodies from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Sardanelli F, Aase HS, Álvarez M, Azavedo E, Baarslag HJ, Balleyguier C, Baltzer PA, Beslagic V, Bick U, Bogdanovic-Stojanovic D, Briediene R, Brkljacic B, Camps Herrero J, Colin C, Cornford E, Danes J, de Geer G, Esen G, Evans A, Fuchsjaeger MH, Gilbert FJ, Graf O, Hargaden G, Helbich TH, Heywang-Köbrunner SH, Ivanov V, Jónsson Á, Kuhl CK, Lisencu EC, Luczynska E, Mann RM, Marques JC, Martincich L, Mortier M, Müller-Schimpfle M, Ormandi K, Panizza P, Pediconi F, Pijnappel RM, Pinker K, Rissanen T, Rotaru N, Saguatti G, Sella T, Slobodníková J, Talk M, Taourel P, Trimboli RM, Vejborg I, Vourtsis A, Forrai G.
Eur Radiol. 2017 Jul;27(7):2737-2743. doi: 10.1007/s00330-016-4612-z. Epub 2016 Nov 2.
Translations: Estonian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish

Breast MRI: EUSOBI recommendations for women’s information.
Mann RM, Balleyguier C, Baltzer PA, Bick U, Colin C, Cornford E, Evans A, Fallenberg E, Forrai G, Fuchsjäger MH, Gilbert FJ, Helbich TH, Heywang-Köbrunner SH, Camps-Herrero J, Kuhl CK, Martincich L, Pediconi F, Panizza P, Pina LJ, Pijnappel RM, Pinker-Domenig K, Skaane P, Sardanelli F; European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI), with language review by Europa Donna–The European Breast Cancer Coalition.
Eur Radiol. 2015 Dec;25(12):3669-78. doi: 10.1007/s00330-015-3807-z. Epub 2015 May 23. Review.
Translations: Estonian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish

Mammography: EUSOBI recommendations for women’s information.
Sardanelli F, Helbich TH; European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI).
Insights Imaging. 2012 Feb;3(1):7-10. doi: 10.1007/s13244-011-0127-y. Epub 2011 Oct 28.

Breast MRI: guidelines from the European Society of Breast Imaging.
Mann RM, Kuhl CK, Kinkel K, Boetes C.
Eur Radiol. 2008 Jul;18(7):1307-18. doi: 10.1007/s00330-008-0863-7. Epub 2008 Apr 4. No abstract available.

Guidelines from the European Society of Breast Imaging for diagnostic interventional breast procedures.
Wallis M, Tardivon A, Helbich T, Schreer I; European Society of Breast Imaging.
Eur Radiol. 2007 Feb;17(2):581-8. Review. Erratum in: Eur Radiol. 2007 Feb;17(2):589. Tarvidon, Anne [corrected to Tardivon, Anne].

Press release

October 2018: Record number of participants travel to Athens to attend the EUSOBI Annual Scientific Meeting 2018

October 2018 (ESR, Vienna) – Athens played host to the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) Annual Scientific Meeting, which took place on 11-13 October and saw its highest level of participation since the society was founded. With over 900 in attendance, the congress is on the fast lane to become the universal leading meeting in breast imaging.

Held in a different location each year, this year’s meeting saw over 100 additional participants compared to last year’s congress in Berlin.

The annual meeting was organised in collaboration with the Hellenic Society of Breast Imaging and involved the active participation of many Greek radiologists, but also pathologists, breast surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. These participants, as well as many other worldwide experts helped bring an exciting programme to audiences, with highlights including dedicated sessions on tomosynthesis in screening/diagnostic settings, artificial intelligence and evidence-based imaging, and advanced/multiparametric ultrasound. This year’s EUSOBI Gold Medal, an award introduced in 2014, was given to Professor Christiane K. Kuhl from Aachen/Germany.

Part of the meeting’s success can be attributed to its expanded programme. This year, EUSOBI extended the congress to 2.5 days, offering a variety of pre-congress courses. These courses included updates on case-based BI-RADS classification, interventional procedures and B3 lesions. In addition and for the first time, the EUSOBI Young Club Committee organised a post-congress special symposium dedicated to young radiologists with an interest in breast imaging and diagnostics.

EUSOBI Past-President, Professor Gábor Forrai from Budapest/Hungary, is delighted with the annual meeting’s growth over the course of his three-year presidency. ‘Each year, I am so happy to see more and more people taking an interest in breast imaging. The fact that they are willing to give their time to come teach, learn and share ideas with colleagues here in Athens is an impressive mark of how dedicated those working in this field are’. During the congress in Athens Doctor Julia Camps Herrero from Valencia/Spain took over the presidency for the next two years. She will be taking office at an exciting time for the society, with EUSOBI having just reached a milestone of serving over 1,000 members for the first time since it was founded.

The European Society of Radiology (ESR) would like to congratulate the European Society of Breast Imaging and the Hellenic Society of Breast Imaging for the success of the meeting and look forward to seeing more great things from EUSOBI in the future.

You can learn more about EUSOBI’s annual meeting here.

September 22, 2016: EUSOBI Annual Scientific Meeting to kick off in Paris tomorrow

Thursday, September 22, 2016 (EUSOBI) – The European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) will hold its Annual Scientific Meeting in Paris, La Villette, in collaboration with the Society of Female Imaging – Société d’Imagerie de la Femme (SIFEM) on September 23–24, 2016. A breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) course for radiologists is also being held in advance on September 21–22.

Some 660 registered participants are expected to attend this year’s Annual Meeting, confirming a continuously increasing number of attendees over the years.

EUSOBI offers a balanced programme with cutting-edge science and good everyday practice. The Paris meeting will be a perfect opportunity to meet and exchange knowledge with experts and breast radiologists, as well as related companies from all over Europe and beyond.

The EUSOBI National Societies Network is made up of 29 countries. The first position paper from this large group of breast radiology societies will be published in European Radiology in October 2016, addressing the fundamental role of screening mammography for reducing the breast cancer mortality. EUSOBI unequivocally recommends all women to attend screening, according to their countries’ protocols.

This year, the 30th anniversary of contrast-enhanced breast MRI (1986–2016) will be celebrated with the EUSOBI Gold Medal Lecture delivered by Prof. Sylvia Heywang-Köbrunner, who was the first to report on this excellent diagnostic method in 1986. The Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Hedvig Hricak (Chairman of the Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA) on oncologic imaging in clinical decision making. The President of the U.S. Society of Breast Imaging, Prof. Elizabeth Morris (Chief of Breast Imaging at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA), will present the latest research and achievements in metastatic breast cancer.

The ‘Best way to screen’ session will tackle a hot topic as the debate on breast screening continues while the ‘Cutting edge’ and ‘B3 management’ sessions will include the latest scientific achievements. EUSOBI is currently focusing on breast MRI as this method already plays a major role in daily care, therapy planning and determining disease prognosis.

The EUSOBI Young Club will welcome its new active members at the special young scientists’ session, where the Young Investigator Award will be handed over and the best submitted poster abstracts will be presented.

EUSOBI will announce its new ‘5 points against breast cancer’ in Paris:

  • In Europe, there are slightly different breast screening protocols in every country, but one statement is uniform: mammography saves lives and life quality – it can decrease breast cancer death by up to 40%.
  • One in five breast cancers occur in women below 50, so screening should start before this age, at least at 45.
  • 45% of breast cancers and related deaths occur in women at 65 and over. One in three breast cancers occur in women over 70, so screening should not stop at this age, but continue at least up to 75.
  • If a woman has breast symptoms, the breast radiologist is the doctor to meet – he/she integrates all diagnostic techniques in order to give the most accurate information on breast health status e. g. cancer disease.
  • The woman’s risk profile matters: personalised screening protocols may include ultrasound and/or MRI – but should always be interpreted together with mammography.

Recommended articles

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT): a review of the evidence for use as a screening tool
Gilbert FJ, Tucker L, Young KC
Clinical Radiology. 2016 Feb;71(2):141-50. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2015.11.008


A controversial debate about the safety of GBCAs recently prompted the European Medicines Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (see documents: FDA, EMA, ISMRM), to consider the clinical use of GBCAs in MRI. EUSOBI consider that indications for contrast-enhanced breast MRI as defined in our recommendations (Breast MRI: guidelines from the European Society of Breast Imaging and Breast MRI: EUSOBI Recommendations for women’s information) are still valid, and we believe that no breast MRI examination should be cancelled because the advantages (diagnosing breast cancer) clearly outweigh the possible problems contrast material could cause. We will modify our approach in the light of new evidence if appropriate.


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    The flagship journal of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) continuously updates scientific knowledge in clinical radiology by publishing original research articles of general interest and importance as well as state-of-the-art reviews, and short communications written by leading radiologists. Members of the ESR receive free electronic access to the journal, which is Europe’s No.1 journal for general radiology. More information at

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