International Day of Radiology

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International Day of Radiology
Observed by Worldwide
Type International
Significance Anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray, raises awareness of the benefits of medical imaging
Date November 8
Next time 8 November 2015 (2015-11-08)
Frequency annual

The International Day of Radiology (IDoR) is an annual event promoting the role of medical imaging in modern healthcare. It is celebrated on November 8 each year, and coincides with the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays. It was first introduced in 2012, as a joint initiative, by the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the American College of Radiology (ACR).[1]

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On November 8, 1895 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered X-rays, effectively laying the foundation for the new medical discipline of radiology. [2] The International Day of Radiology is a successor to the European Day of Radiology which was launched in 2011. The first and only European Day of Radiology was held on February 10, 2011 to commemorate the anniversary of Röntgen's death. The European day was organised by the ESR, who later entered into cooperation with the RSNA and the ACR to establish the International Day of Radiology.

IDoR 2012[edit]

The International Day of Radiology 2012 marked the 117th anniversary of Röntgen's discovery of x-rays and the main theme was medical imaging in oncology. The day was celebrated with events in many countries, mostly organised by national professional societies which represent radiologists. Many public lectures on the role of imaging in oncology took place across Europe. In the UK, the Royal College of Radiologists organised a free public lecture at the Wellcome Collection by Dr. Phil O'Connor, who served as head of musculoskeletal imaging at the London 2012 Olympics.[3]

The ESR published two booklets to mark the occasion, 'The Story of Radiology', which was created in cooperation with the International Society for the History of Radiology, and 'Making Cancer Visible: the role of cancer in oncology'[4]

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