Functional Imaging plays a growing role in radiology, providing quantitative biomarkers of organ or tumor function or dysfunction. Functional applications of imaging are present in most subspecialty societies but validation and diffusion of quantitative results for clinics require specific education, harmonization of methodologies with consensus.
Molecular Imaging in Radiology is a newer field for radiologists. Well developed in nuclear medicine, its applications to radiological techniques is more challenging. In 2007, ESR Research Committee was asked to found a Subcommittee of Molecular Imaging to develop a strategy for enhancing involvement of radiologists in this field. An opinion paper from leading radiologists was published in European Radiology in 2009: Grenier N, Sardanelli F, Becker CD, Walecki J, Sebag G, Lomas DJ, Krestin GP (2009) Development of molecular imaging in the European radiological community. Eur Radiol 19:533-536.
ESMOFIR was officially founded on December 9th in Budapest during the Annual Leadership meeting. This society wants to be representative of all radiologists interested and/or involved in Functional and Molecular Imaging. Representatives of all subspecialty societies are invited to participate actively in the activities of the society.
Strong links with the European Society of Molecular Imaging (ESMI) have been built to avoid overlap and promote a fruitful scientific collaboration. Combined workshops and courses will be organized with ESMI and subspecialty societies under the auspice of ESR, ECR and ESOR.