Published on: 28 May 2019

A national conference in Emergency Radiology is coming to the region for the first time in June, bringing together a range of medical experts from all over Europe.


The British Society of Emergency Radiology Conference, which is being held at the Durham Marriott Hotel on the 5th and 6th of June, promotes excellence in emergency imaging across the UK. With digital imaging becoming more commonplace in healthcare, the conference will look at improving patient care through continuous improvement, education and professional development.  Places for the event sold out at the end of February, three months in advance.


The conference has been organised by Dr Ram Senasi and Professor Mario Scaglione, both Consultants at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. The theme will be ‘Safety Systems and Performance: Excellence in Patient Care’. The conference will look at improving patient care through continuous improvement, education and professional development. Those attending include Consultant Radiologists, Radiology Registrars, Fellows, emergency clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge of emergency imaging.


The British Society of Emergency Radiology (BSER) was set-up in 2014 with the aim of pursuing excellence in Emergency Imaging in the UK by continually improving everyday practice through education and research.


BSER19 is the fifth annual conference to be held and brings together an impressive line-up of speakers, mostly from the North East but also including:

  • Prof. Tarek El-Diasty, President, The Egyptian Society of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine (ESRNM), President, African Society of Radiology (ASR), Honorary member, European Society of Radiology (ESR) and Honorary member, Radiological Society of North America  RSNA)
  • Associate Prof. Scott Rice, Consultant Head and Neck Radiologist, University College London Hospital
  • Dr John Curtis, Consultant Radiologist, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool, and President, British Society of Emergency Radiology
  • Dr Elizabeth Dick, Consultant Radiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College NHS Trust and President of the European Society of Emergency Radiology 
  • Dr Giles Maskell, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust and Past President of the Royal College of Radiologists
  • Dr Caren Landes, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool

In addition, BSER faculty members will present and run workshops across the two day event.


Conference organiser, Dr Ram Senasi said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to bring BSER 2019 to the North East and the beautiful city of Durham. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase us in medical education and healthcare. The society has gathered momentum over the last five years and the fact that the conference was completely sold out with three months to go reflects the growing importance that digital imaging plays in emergency medicine and improving outcomes for patients.


“We have some of the top specialists in the UK and from abroad lined up to speak at the event and we will look to bring a lot of the learning and continuous improvement back to our local hospitals to ensure that we are the very best we can be and to improve how we care for our patients in the future.”