Observed annually on November 8th World Radiology Day is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of X-radiations or X-rays. German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen made a revolutionary contribution to the medical field in 1895. The significance was emphasized further when he won the inaugural Nobel Prize in Physics for the same in 1901.
The concept of celebrating World Radiology Day came from the European Day of Radiology, which was then organized by the European Society of Radiology(ESR) on February 10th, 2011 to coincide with the death anniversary of Rontgen who passed away on the same day in 1923.
The first World Radiology Day was celebrated in 2012 as an initiative by the ESR, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the American College of Radiology (ACR), which replaced the earlier date and the anniversary of X-ray discovery by Rontgen, being chosen for annual celebrations on November 8th. Globally, various other organizations like the UK’s Society of Radiographers (SoR) and the Association of Radiographers in Nigeria also observe the occasion.
According to the site of the International Day of Radiology site of the ESR, the aim of the day is to build greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care and improve public understanding of the vital role of radiologists and radiographers play in the healthcare continuum. 2021 will be the 10th year of celebrations and will be dedicated to the theme of Interventional Radiology and its essential role in treating patients. As the world is still continuing to face the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become extremely important to acknowledge the key role of medical imaging in medicine, not only during unforeseen circumstances of the pandemic and on the daily basis of all areas of patient care. Interventional radiology is a unique and growing sub-speciality that is helping protect patients every day.
For IDOR 2021, the motto chosen is ‘Interventional Radiology – Active care for the patient’. With this phrase, the focus is on the essential role that interventional radiology plays in treating patients.
The organization also cordially invited individuals and organizations like national radiological societies, radiological subspecialty societies, radiographer societies & allied sciences societies, imaging departments, etc. throughout the world to share impressions of their day as they celebrate IDoR 2021.