Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC — On Nov. 8, about 150 medical societies worldwide will mark the International Day of Radiology (IDoR) and celebrate the countless lives saved by emergency radiologists.

IDoR is sponsored by the American College of Radiology (ACR), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and European Society of Radiology (ESR). It will include celebrations during National Radiologic Technology Week (Nov. 5–11). Nov. 8 also marks the 122nd anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen.

“Emergency radiologists are on the front lines of patient care 24/7/365 and deliver value-based imaging in the emergency room (ER),” said Robert S. Pyatt Jr., M.D., FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on General, Small, Emergency and/or Rural Practice. “They are vital in the timely diagnosis and management of emergency patients from head to toe,” he said.

“The International Day of Radiology celebrates the contributions that emergency radiologists make to the urgent diagnosis and care of critically ill and injured children and adults,” said Mary C. Mahoney, M.D., RSNA Board Liaison for Publications and Communications. “Although we celebrate this Day of Radiology only once every year, emergency radiologists save lives every day,” she added. 

Patients are the primary focus of all radiologic care, which is highlighted through the RSNA Radiology Cares initiative and the ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care. ACR and RSNA jointly sponsor, an online patient resource that explains medical imaging tests and treatments in detailed, easy-to-understand language. This resource helps patients understand and prepare for more than 230 imaging procedures, tests and treatments, and disease/conditions.

Visit the International Day of Radiology website for news on related activities.



 About the American College of Radiology

The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.

About the Radiological Society of North America

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is an association of more than 54,600 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists, promoting excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation.The Society is based in Oak Brook, Ill.

To arrange an interview with an ACR member, please contact Shawn Farley at 703-648-8936, Maryann Verrillo at 703-390-9822 or email [email protected].

To arrange an interview with an RSNA member, please contact Don Ferreira at 630-481-1025 or email [email protected].