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ESGAR Research


About Guidelines

The role of the ESGAR Research Committee is to initiate, coordinate and oversee the production and progress of ESGAR guidelines through to their completion and publication. Guideline-specific working groups that comprise ESGAR members who are experts in the field will develop these ESGAR guidelines.

The ESGAR Research Committee envisages two principal types of guidelines as follows:

  • Monodisciplinary guidelines will be developed under sole ESGAR stewardship and will normally concern technical performance and protocols relevant to abdominal imaging using high technology imaging platforms.
  • Multidisciplinary guidelines will normally describe the role of abdominal imaging in specific clinical circumstances, including comparison of multiple imaging techniques where appropriate. These multidisciplinary guidelines will normally be developed in collaboration with one or more relevant clinical societies.

ESGAR Guideline Development Manual

The Research Committee has developed a document describing the development process of an ESGAR guideline. This document is to be used for monodisciplinary ESGAR guidelines and may be used in multidisciplinary guidelines (to be determined together with the other involved society/societies).


Call for experts

There is currently no open call.

Guidelines in progress

  • Multi-society Guideline for Diagnostics and Monitoring of Patients with IBD 2023 - 2024
  • ESGAR/ESUR Guidelines on CT in Acute Abdomen
  • ESGAR ESUR PSOGI guideline Imaging of peritoneal carcinomatosis
  • ESGAR/EANM Consensus Guidelines for Imaging Anal Cancer
  • ESGAR Guidelines for the Diagnostic Cross Sectional Imaging in Primary sclerosing cholangitis and Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • ESGAR Guideline initiative focused on the imaging protocols and image reporting guidelines for patients with advanced pelvic tumours prior to pelvic exenteration
  • ESSD/ESGAR Technical performance of videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) in patients with swallowing disorders
  • ESGAR guideline for training and quality assurance in CT colonography
  • Collaboration with SAR about how to report activity in IBD
  • Pregnant patients with cancer

Proposal of new topics for ESGAR Guidelines

The membership is invited to propose topics for guidelines. Please be sufficiently specific in the topic description, indicate whether you think this should be more a technical guideline or a clinical (multidisciplinary) guideline and also describe the reason(s) for proposing the topic(s).

If you have more than one topic proposal, please submit these as separate topics.

Published Guidelines

Quantification of Liver Iron Overload with MRI (February 2023)

Review and Guidelines from the ESGAR and SAR

The guideline was published in Radiology.

Imaging standardisation in metastatic colorectal cancer (October 2022)

A joint EORTC-ESOI-ESGAR expert consensus recommendation

The guideline was published in the European Journal of Cancer.

ECCO-ESGAR Topical Review on Optimizing Reporting for Cross-Sectional Imaging in IBD (October 2021)

The guidelines were published in the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis.

Management and follow-up of gallbladder polyps (October 2021)

Updated joint guidelines between the ESGAR, EAES, EFISDS and ESGE

The guideline was published in European Radiology.

European Guideline on IgG4-related digestive disease (May 2020)

UEG and SGF evidence-based recommendations

The guideline was published in the UEG Journal.

European guidelines on chronic mesenteric ischaemia (April 2020)

The guideline was published in the UEG Journal.

ESGAR consensus statement on the imaging of fistula-in-ano... (April 2020)

and other causes of anal sepsis...

The guidelines were published in European Radiology.

European Guideline on Achalasia (February 2020)

UEG and ESNM recommendations

The guideline was published in the UEG Journal.

Making useful clinical guidelines (February 2019)

The ESGAR perspective

This has been published in European Radiology.

ECCO-ESGAR Guideline for Diagnostic Assessment in IBD Part 2 (August 2018)

IBD scores and general principles and technical aspects

The guidelines were published in the Journal of Crohn's and…