International Day of Radiology 2012

International Day of Radiology

This year, on November 8, the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will celebrate the first International Day of Radiology (IDoR 2012), along with radiological societies the world over. This initiative was established with the aim of building greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and improving understanding of the vital role radiologists play in the healthcare continuum.

Medical imaging is one of the most exciting and progressive disciplines in healthcare and a field of great activity in terms of technological and biological research. X-rays, MRI scans, ultrasound and numerous other medical imaging technologies, as well as the eye-catching images associated with them, are known to many people, but the exact purpose and value of these services is not widely understood.

The date chosen, November 8, is the day that Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the existence of x-rays in 1895.

Oncologic imaging has been chosen as the main theme of the day, to reflect the important role that radiology plays in all stages of cancer management, from early detection and prevention, to treatment monitoring. A booklet on oncologic imaging is being produced especially for IDoR 2012 with the cooperation of various internationally renowned experts.

The day is a joint initiative of the ESR, the RSNA and the ACR, with the full cooperation and involvement of the International Society of Radiology (ISR), as well as umbrella organisations on all continents, including the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology (AOSR), the Colegio Interamericano de Radiología (CIR), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), and the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA – which also represents neighbouring countries). The European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) will also support IDoR 2012.

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