It is with great pleasure that I present EDiR – The Essential Guide, the first book created and reviewed directly by members of the European Board of Radiology (EBR). This project was the result of the EBR’s desire to create a resource that would serve as a precise and effective guide to help candidates prepare for the European Diploma in Radiology (EDiR) examination.

EDiR – The Essential Guide serves as an all-in-one resource that directly fulfils the needs of candidates who want all of the information necessary to better understand the examination, right at their fingertips.

Prof. Laura Oleaga, MD, PhD is the current EDiR Scientific Director. Since 2009, she has been Head of the Radiology Department at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain. In addition, Prof. Oleaga is an expert reviewer for the journals Radiología, European Radiology, and Neuroradiology. She is co-author of and has coordinated EDiR – The Essential Guide.

As a certification of excellence in general radiology, the EDiR examination features a knowledge base rooted in the ESR European Training Curriculum (Levels I–II), and we are very much aware that this involves a plethora of information. Indeed, ever since the examination was launched in 2011, many candidates have been requesting study guidance that goes beyond the literature list and other sources that have been provided on the EBR website. Much to our dismay, we discovered that various publications on the market that claimed to include specific EDiR preparation material were, in reality, far from suitable for this purpose, as they offered only a partial or rather deficient approach to the contents and structure of the EDiR examination.

It was a challenging feat to create a book with the same standard of excellence as the EDiR examination, not to mention coordinate a vast team of more than 30 contributors, all of whom I would like to thank for the time and effort they dedicated to this project, as well as the ESR Office and e-Learning Subcommittee. I would also like to thank the publisher Springer for believing in this project and editing the book. Special thanks go out to all of the EBR staff in Barcelona, without whom this project could not have been brought to fruition – thank you very much for all of your effort and support. I speak on behalf of the entire EBR staff when I say that we are extremely proud of the final product and hope that the readers find it very useful!


EDiR – The Essential Guide is divided into the following main sections: one chapter for each subspecialty (Abdominal, Breast, Cardiac, Chest/Thorax, Genitourinary, Head and Neck, Interventional and Vascular, Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, and Paediatric); one chapter on Safety in Radiology and Imaging Procedures; another on Principles of Imaging Techniques and Processing; and lastly, one on Management. This structure follows the same pattern as the EDiR examination, which is based on the European Training Curriculum (ETC) for Radiology released by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).

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The book replicates, for the most part, the format of an actual EDiR examination. For each subspecialty, it contains the same number of Multiple Response Questions (MRQs), Short Cases (SCs) and CORE cases. Furthermore, most of the questions that appear in the book have been used in previous editions of actual EDiR examinations. Candidates will therefore be able to see all the questions from a recent examination and learn from the answers and comments provided by our pool of experts.

However, the book does not limit itself to just the topics covered in the EDiR examination. It also features the following topics deemed relevant for radiologists: Safety and Imaging Procedures and Principles of Imaging Techniques and Processing. Each one of these chapters contains several questions with thorough explanations and references, guiding the reader through the problem-solving process. The book also contains links to the ESR’s online learning platform, Education on Demand, with video-based courses, questions and further literature to allow candidates to dig even deeper into the contents of the EDiR examination and improve their knowledge of specific areas.

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