The International Day of Radiology (IDoR) is a yearly event commemorated on November 8, the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays, and promotes radiology’s role in healthcare. The European Society of Radiology (E.S.R.), the Radiological Society of North America, and the American College of Radiology (A.C.R.) jointly launched it in 2012. Nearly 200 national sub-specialty and allied organizations around the world recognize and celebrate the International Day of Radiology. Every year, a theme is chosen that focuses on various radiology specialties.
Radiology, a discipline of medicine, utilizes medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases that affect both animals and humans. On November 8, 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, a German mechanical engineer and physicist, discovered x-rays by accident while exploring cathode rays, thereby establishing the groundwork for the medical specialty of radiology. Röntgen went on to discover and create electromagnetic radiation in the X-ray or Röntgen ray wavelength range, earning him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.
The International Day of Radiology was established in 2011 as a follow-up to the European Day of Radiology. On February 10, 2011, the first and only European Day of Radiology (EDoR) was conducted to honour the anniversary of Röntgen’s death. The European Society of Radiology hosted the event. Following the European Day of Radiology’s success, the E.S.R. collaborated with the Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology to create the International Day of Radiology. It was also determined that the anniversary of Röntgen’s death should be relocated to the anniversary of his discovery of the x-ray.
On November 28, 2011, the three founding societies formally recognized the day during the annual Radiological Society of North America meeting in Chicago. November 8 was eventually picked, and all radiological organizations around the world commemorate it.
Why celebrate International Day of Radiology:
To honour the vital role that radiographers and radiologists play in the medical field. It recognizes their dedication, hard work, and numerous contributions to modern healthcare.
Radiology is a type of medical imaging that allows doctors to observe what’s going on inside the human body. It’s a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that can be performed on both animals and people.
Radiology is a rapid procedure. Medical analyses using X-rays are non-invasive and take only a few minutes to perform. The findings of x-rays can be visible nearly instantly.