IDoR highlights the importance of radiology

IDoR highlights the importance of radiology

Earlier detection, fewer surgeries, and improved treatment outcomes for patients. This is what radiology practices around the globe are highlighting on 8 November each year as they mark International Day of Radiology (IDoR).

Radiology awareness

According to its official website, the annual event was instituted just over a decade ago to build greater awareness of the value that diagnostic imaging contributes to safe patient care. It also aims to improve public understanding of the vital role that radiologists and radiographers play in the healthcare continuum.

Its founders selected 8 November as the date, as it was on this day in 1895 that Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the existence of x-rays.

Global initiative

IDoR is a joint initiative by the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). It has the full support of the International Society of Radiology (ISR), as well as umbrella organisations on all the continents of the world.

In South Africa

Locally, the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA) actively encourages its 90+ member practices and institutions to participate, and to build greater awareness around the stunning medical and scientific possibilities of medical imaging, the essential role of radiologists and radiographers as parts of healthcare teams everywhere, and the high educational and professional standards required of all staff working in medical imaging.

SCP heeded the call in all of its branches.