International Day of Radiology
The International Day of Radiology (IDOR) is an annual celebration held on the anniversary of the date of discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen, i.e. November 8th 1895. The eighth annual celebration will be held on November 8th 2019, with the theme of sports imaging 8.
Since 2007 a World Radiography Day has been held on November 8th, to mark the date of Roentgen's discovery of x-radiation 7.
In 2011 the European Society of Radiology (ESR) resolved that annually there should be a celebration of radiology on the date of the discovery of x-rays. The ESR liaised with transatlantic partners, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the first day was commemorated in 2012 4.
It started as, and remains, a joint enterprise of the ESR, RSNA and ACR, with the wholehearted participation of the International Society of Radiology (ISR), as well as umbrella organizations 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). The European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) also actively backs and promotes the International Day of Radiology 1. In the first year 80 radiology societies from across the globe were involved 4.
The ESR maintains a joint website to promote the day: https://www.internationaldayofradiology.com/
Several books can be downloaded free from this website including The Story of Radiology Volumes 1-3 produced by the International society for the History of Radiology and containing several articles on a variety of radiological history topics. Every year to accompany the theme a book is written by experts for a lay audience to help raise awareness and educate the general public in different types of imaging.
Each year a different main theme is chosen to be celebrated 2-6,8:
- 2019: sports imaging (upcoming)
- 2018: cardiac imaging
- 2017: emergency radiology
- 2016: breast imaging
- 2015: pediatric imaging
- 2014: brain imaging
- 2013: lung imaging
- 2012: role of imaging in oncology
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- 3. Chantal Van Ongeval, Julie Soens, Mireille Van Goethem. International Day of Radiology: Breast Imaging. (2016) Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 100 (1): 107. doi:10.5334/jbr-btr.1232 - Pubmed
- 4. Ellenbogen PH. International day of radiology 2013: opportunity knocks. (2013) Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR. 10 (11): 809. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2013.09.003 - Pubmed
- 5. Donaldson JS, Donoghue V, Lam W, Moënne K, Naidoo J, Rosendahl K. International Day of Radiology 2015. (2015) Pediatric radiology. 45 (12): 1731-2. doi:10.1007/s00247-015-3466-x - Pubmed
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Related Radiopaedia articles
History of radiology
- key milestones
- 1895: Wilhelm Roentgen detects x-rays
- 1896: Antoine Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity
- 1896: Sydney Rowland founds the first radiology journal, Archives of Clinical Skiagraphy
- 1896: Thomas Edison invents the first commercially-available fluoroscope
- 1896: John Macintyre opens the world's first radiology department in Glasgow
- 1898: Marie Curie publishes her paper 'Rays emitted by uranium and thorium compounds'
- 1913: Albert Salomon commences research leading to mammography
- 1913: William Coolidge introduces his eponymous x-ray tube
- 1927: Egas Moniz develops cerebral angiography
- 1934: Frederic and Irene Joliot-Curie artificially produce radioisotopes
- 1936: John Lawrence uses phosphorus-32 to treat leukemia
- 1939: Kitty Clark publishes Clark’s Positioning in Radiography
- 1950s: David Kuhl invents Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
- 1953: Sven-Ivar Seldinger develops his famous technique
- 1957: Ian Donald invents fetal ultrasound
- 1964: Charles Dotter introduces image-guided intervention
- 1965: Benjamin Felson publishes his Principles of Chest Roentgenology
- 1971: Godfrey Hounsfield introduces the CT scanner (co-developed with Allan Cormack)
- 1977: Ray Damadian builds the first commercial MRI scanner
- 1989: Spiral CT introduced
- 2005: Frank Gaillard creates Radiopaedia.org :)
- 2012: inaugural International Day of Radiology
key figures in the history of radiology
- Antoine Henri Becquerel
- Gustav Bucky
- Kathleen "Kitty" Clark
- William D Coolidge
- Allan M Cormack
- Marie Curie
- Ray V Damadian
- Ian Donald
- Charles T Dotter
- Thomas A Edison
- Charles Thurstan Holland
- Godfrey N Hounsfield
- Frederick Joliot
- Irene Joliot-Curie
- David E Kuhl
- Paul C Lauterbur
- Peter Mansfield
- Egas Moniz
- Bernard Ziedses des Plantes
- Wilhelm C Roentgen
- Sven-Ivar Seldinger
- Albert Soiland
- Florence Stoney
- important figures in the history of radiology
- Nobel Prize winners in radiology
- history of modalities
- plain radiography
- nuclear medicine
- interventional radiology
- history of radiology journals
- history of radiology meetings
history of radiology organizations
- United Kingdom
- United States
- pioneering radiology books