November 8: International Day of Radiology

The following post was contributed by Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR

This Saturday, Nov. 8 marks the third International Day of Radiology. 119 years ago, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays. That historic event marked the beginning of the long journey, which led to the birth of the profession of radiology.

This year’s theme is brain imaging. Neuroimaging has become integral to the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases and injuries. Physicians worldwide use imaging to detect neuropathology and monitor responses to surgery or therapies. Modern neurosciences rely on the work began by Röntgen to deliver care and develop innovations.

Radiation therapy plays an important role in the treatment of some brain diseases, such as cancer. Today, 50 percent of brain cancer patients undergo radiation therapy are being treated with the goal of curing cancer.

Traumatic brain injuries are increasingly recognized as an important predictor of future cognitive impairment. It is estimated that 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the U.S. In response to this challenge, the ACR formed the Head Injury Institute (HII) in 2013. The mission of the ACR HII is to bring together head injury specialists to advance research, prevention and treatment of head injuries through the application of diagnostic imaging.

International Day of Radiology is jointly sponsored by the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America and the European Society of Radiology. Join us in your department and practices by celebrating Röntgen’s discovery and promoting the impact medical imaging has made for so many of our patients. Join us.

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