Welcome to the 9th Advanced Course of Higher Qualification in Spine Neuroradiology

During the last decade, we witnessed an incredible improvement in spine biomechanics knowledge and powerful diagnostic tools, as well as the development of a new generation of “minimal invasive” devices and “covert surgery” procedures, that changed our mind about who, when and how to treat a patient affected by spine disease.

The use of X-ray and/or CT-guided procedures give Radiologists a wide range of new possibilities in treating the spine, reducing the risk of side effects and complications in comparison to conventional “open” surgery, lowering the economic costs of the procedures as well as rehab time, avoiding the risk of general anesthesia, as most of the procedures can be performed in mild sedation.

Last, but not least, CT-X ray guided procedures allows significant cost reduction for the Health Care System, as a smaller medical staff is needed, with no operating room occupation as well as beds/patients rate reduction, a must in our money-saving critic times.

Interventional Radiology, however, cannot progress without an advanced knowledge of Diagnostic Radiology of the Spine, that is fundamental when a decisional route must be proposed to the patient: for this reason, the 9th ESNR Advanced Course in Spine Neuroradiology will cover specific spine topics (degenerative, tumors, trauma etc.), starting from the Clinic & Diagnosis, guiding to the final correct Treatment: Diagnostic knowledge & Interventional expertise are two sides of the same coin.

It’s a Cultural question not to separate Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, and Malta, the island heart of the Mediterranean, as European Capital of Culture 2018, seems to us the ideal location for our Meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you in marvelous Malta!

Prof. Luigi Manfre’

Chairperson of the Subspeciality Committee Spine Neuroradiology, Diagnostic and Interventional