International Day of Radiology #IDoR
The International Day of Radiology is an annual event celebrated on November 8. Its aim is to raise greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and highlight the vital role radiologists and radiological technologists play in the healthcare continuum. November 8 is the day that Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the existence of X-rays in 1895. This discovery ultimately led to the development of all medical imaging technologies and therefore a complete transformation of patient care. The day is a joint initiative of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). These are apolitical, non-profit organisations dedicated to strengthening and unifying radiology with thousands of members around the globe. Additionally, a large number of radiological societies worldwide are involved in this.
The importance of medical imaging
Medical imaging includes technologies such as X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound. These are familiar terms for anyone who has been to see a doctor. But importantly, they are one of the most essential components in healthcare. The standard of care that is available nowadays is inconceivable without medical imaging. On top of that, it is one of the most exciting and progressive disciplines in healthcare and a field of great activity in terms of technological and biological research. ImageBiopsy Lab’s own research is a good example of this. In order to honour and appreciate this exciting and important field, we mark our calendars and celebrate November 8!
There are lots of ways to get involved in the International Day of Radiology. A number of events are held all over the world, including parties, open days, lectures, quizzes, competitions, walkathons and much more. Furthermore, a large social media campaign takes place on November 8 where you can get involved and spread the word. Happy International Day of Radiology!