November 8 is the International Day of Radiology and this year, marking the 120th anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s discovery of x-rays, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. This time the day is dedicated to paediatric imaging and the important role that radiology plays in the detection, diagnosis and management of a wide variety of diseases affecting children, and the special treatment younger patients need.
The initiative is therefore also supported by the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR), the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) and the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI). All three of these organisations have organised or actively participated in various IDoR activities to help stress the importance of radiology in the management of paediatric diseases.
The involvement of the radiation protection campaigns EuroSafe Imaging and Image Gently reflects another key objective of the organisers, i.e. to raise awareness of the necessity of reducing radiation exposure in young patients.
A book on paediatric imaging will be produced, written by international experts in the field, giving readers an insight into the work of paediatric radiologists and the significance of the specialty. This book will be available in autumn. Click here to read our other publications about radiology.
Last year more than 120 radiology-related professional societies from around the world celebrated the International Day of Radiology and this year we hope to see even more joining the initiative and bringing even more momentum to this already fast-growing movement. Participating societies will hold a range of different events to celebrate the day, which you will be able to find on the activities page. If you hear about any events taking place in your area to mark the occasion then please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hooray for the x-ray …
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you’ve probably had an x-ray. If you’ve hurt a joint, there’s a chance you’ve been examined with ultrasound. In fact, whether you’ve bumped your head, had sudden chest pains, or even discovered you were pregnant, if a doctor has ever wanted to know more about what’s going on inside you, it’s quite likely you’ve been referred to someone in the radiology department.
Radiologists are not the most visible members of the healthcare team, but they are the ones who, in many cases, provide the answers about your condition. Using images produced with a variety of techniques, they can tell the exact nature and location of your fracture, whether your head has sustained any serious damage, and whether your stomach pains are due to a swollen appendix or that key you swallowed yesterday.
Actually, the full scope of services offered by radiology (which is part of the wider field of ‘medical imaging’) is a lot broader than you might think, and goes much, much further than just diagnosis. So, to raise awareness of the many and varied roles of medical imaging in healthcare, we decided to celebrate!