WORLD RADIOGRAPHY DAY
On November 8th, World Radiography Day marks the anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray. The day also recognizes the important role that radiographers and radiologists play in the health care industry.
The first thing a doctor does when a patient breaks a bone is order an X-ray. This kind of medical imaging allows healthcare professionals to see what is going on inside the body. The painless diagnostic test uses a form of electromagnetic radiation that passes through objects.
Besides bone fractures, X-rays also detects:
- Enlarged heart
- Blood vessel blockages
- Fluid in lungs
- Dislocated joints
- Internal infections
- Tooth decay
- Foreign objects in the body
The benefits of X-rays include being completely non-invasive and taking only a few minutes to complete. Doctors like X-rays because the results can be seen almost immediately. Radiographers perform X-rays and once the test is performed, the results are analyzed by a radiologist. The radiologist then passes that information to the doctor. In some instances, radiographers need to use other kinds of medical imaging tests to diagnose a problem. These might include a CT Scan, MRI, fluoroscopy, mammography, or ultrasound.
Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, a German mechanical engineer and physicist, discovered X-rays in 1895. He received the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901 for his discovery. The Polish-born physicist Marie Curie helped advance the X-ray using radium, an element she discovered. In the early 1900s, hospitals were already using X-ray technology. By the 1930s, X-rays were a routine part of patient diagnostics. Today, around 3.6 million diagnostic tests that use radiation in medical imaging are performed each year. Up to 80 percent of diagnostic problems are resolved with the help of X-rays.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldRadiographyDay
On this day, radiographer associations and healthcare providers host events that educate the public about X-rays and radiation safety. Radiographers also hold conferences and seminars to share ideas and make improvements in their field. It’s also a day for global health organizations to advocate for the need to increase radiography access and improve quality in developing countries. To participate:
- Thank a radiographer or radiologist for all that they do.
- Learn more about radiation and how this energy works to produce an X-ray.
- Read about Marie Curie and Raymond Vahan Damadian and their contributions to radiography.
Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldRadiographyDay.
WORLD RADIOGRAPHY DAY HISTORY
The Radiographers Association of Madhya Pradesh in India has observed a special radiography day since 1996. The International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technicians have celebrated World Radiography Day since 2007. They chose the date of November 8th to mark the date in 1895 that X-rays were first discovered.