November 8 is the second International Day of Radiology (IDoR)

International Day of Radiology

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, winner of the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for his November 8, 1895 discovery of x-rays.

Global Achievements in Radiology
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Let’s celebrate together!

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) invite you to join us in celebrating the second annual International Day of Radiology (IDoR) on November 8.

Medical imaging is one of the most exciting and progressive disciplines in healthcare. But while x-rays, (MRI) scans, ultrasound and other medical imaging technologies are known to many people, their value and impact on patient care is not widely understood. That’s why IDoR was launched in 2012 – to build greater awareness of radiology and the vital role radiologists play in patient care.

Why November 8?

That’s the day that Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the existence of x-rays in 1895. It’s the perfect time to celebrate radiology by sharing the stunning medical, scientific and artistic possibilities of medical imaging and highlighting the essential role radiologists play in countless medical scenarios.

This year’s theme – lung imaging – is equally timely as November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States, and radiology plays a major role in the detection, diagnosis and management of a wide variety of lung diseases.

Below you’ll find some helpful information and resources to help you learn more about radiology. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the important and life-saving contribution medical imaging makes to all of our lives. Lung Cancer Information Resources: Lung cancer that is detected early — before spreading to other areas of the body — is more successfully treated. Click here for information on Lung Cancer Screening or here to read about Lung Cancer treatment.


Your Radiologist Explains Video Presentations: Learn more about common imaging exams with these easy-to-understand Your Radiologist Explains video podcasts featuring radiologists associated with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and American College of Radiology (ACR).

The X-Ray Files video
Radiology in Motion:
The X-Ray Files

Radiology In Motion Videos: Designed for people of all ages, the Radiology in Motion video clips offer viewers an upbeat, patient-friendly and fast-paced educational tool on the most basic characteristics of radiology, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and more.

60-Second Check-Up One-Minute Audio Segments on Lung Cancer: Coughing, wheezing, hoarseness, and fatigue are just some of the symptoms that are often confused with less serious conditions. Smoking is the major risk, but even non-smokers can develop lung cancers. As with any form of cancer, early detection is the key to survival. Lung cancer treatments may include surgery, radiation treatments, chemotherapy or one of several interventional radiology procedures. New screening methods such as CT scans are being used in clinical trials.

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