Radiologists: Front Line and Center

This post was contributed by Robert S. Pyatt Jr., MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on General, Small, Emergency and/or Rural Practice.

Pyatt2013MedStaffPresidentPhotoEvery year there is a day that we can showcase the value of radiology in our local communities.

Nov. 8 is the International Day of Radiology (IDoR). It marks the 122nd anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray and the development of radiology.

We must tell our publics that radiology is essential for diagnosis and treatment. Our tools and techniques are developed and refined to ensure their health. IDoR gives us that chance.

We should let others know with grassroots celebrations in our hospitals and practices.

The ACR provides an IDoR toolkit with free materials that can be customized and ideas on how to celebrate.IDOR_poster_72dpi_800px_breit

Other related materials include ACR educational resources, Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN) projects to ensure patients receive optimal imaging care and Imaging 3.0 case studies.

 IDoR is sponsored by the ACR, RSNA and European Society of Radiology (ESR). It will focus on emergency radiologists, who are on the front lines of patient care 24/7/365. It will include celebrations during National Radiologic Technology Week (Nov. 5–11).

This one day is set aside to highlight radiology advances, but it’s a great opportunity to let others know radiology makes a world of difference every day.

Could you lend us your—thunder? Let others know that radiology saves lives and join our Thunderclap, a crowd-speaking platform that helps individuals be heard by saying something together.

 How do you plan on celebrating IDoR 2017? Share your ideas below. Also tag us with your photos on social media using the hashtag #IDoR2017.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and join the discussion on Engage (login required).

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