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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

Currently there is no call available!

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

ECCO-ESGAR Guideline for Diagnostic Assessment in IBD Part 1 (August 2018)

Initial diagnosis, monitoring of known IBD, detection of complications

The guidelines were published in the Journal of…

Correction to: Magnetic resonance imaging for clinical management of rectal cancer (January 2018)

Updated recommendations from the 2016 European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) consensus…

Magnetic resonance imaging for clinical management of rectal cancer (October 2017)

Updated recommendations from the 2016 European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) consensus…

Management and follow-up of gallbladder polyps (February 2017)

Joint guidelines between ESGAR, EAES, EFISDS and ESGE

The consensus statement was published in European Radiology.

The first joint ESGAR/ ESPR consensus statement on the technical performance of cross-sectional small bowel and colonic imaging (October 2016)

The consensus statement was published in European Radiology.

Magnetic resonance imaging of pelvic floor dysfunction (August 2016)

Joint recommendations of the ESUR and ESGAR Pelvic Floor Working Group

The guideline was published in European…

ESGAR consensus statement on liver MR imaging and clinical use of liver-specific contrast agents (July 2015)

The guidelines was published in European Radiology.

ESGE-ESGAR Guideline on indications for CT Colonography (October 2014)

The first guideline on CTC clinical indications endorsed by the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE)…

Magnetic resonance imaging for the clinical management of rectal cancer patients (June 2013)

Recommendations from the 2012 ESGAR consensus meeting.

The guidelines were published in European Radiology.

ECCO-ESGAR Consensus on Imaging techniques for assessment of IBD (February 2013)

The guidelines were published in the JCC (Journal of Crohn’s & Colitis).