You Make a World of Difference

Dr Thorwarth_20140414_008This post was contributed by William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Radiology (ACR)

Next Thursday, Nov. 8, the ACR will join with over 170 other organizations in celebrating the International Day of Radiology (IDoR). We organized the first IDoR back in 2012, along with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the European Society of Radiology (ESR). IDoR recognizes the anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray — and the tremendous advances in patient care made possible by medical imaging.

While it’s wonderful for those of us in the professions of radiological care to have an annual reminder to reflect on our achievements and identify our next set of big goals, I’m privileged as CEO of the ACR to see the difference we are making around the world every day.

In the past month alone:

  • The American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP®) hosted a Comprehensive Radiologic-Pathology Course at the Royal College of Radiologists of Thailand (RCRT) in Bangkok. And their two-day Categorical Course in Neuroradiology in Stockport, UK begins on IDoR itself! That’s in addition to the more than 20 weeks of instruction provided each year to 95% of U.S. radiology residents at some point during their training.
  • Our ACR Data Science Institute™ released a first-of-its-kind set of 50 TOUCH-AI use cases that present a pathway to help AI developers solve health care problems in clinically relevant, ethical and effective ways.
  • We heard directly from patients like Katie on Facebook who said, “I honestly credit my mammogram for saving my life,” and Amanda, on Twitter, who says “Thank you [to my radiologist] for being the 1st one I get to talk to about my case!”

If I were to ask the more than 38,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists, and ACR staff who make up our organization, I’d be able to fill volumes with the stories of how you’ve helped extend or improve the lives of millions of patients.

From your role in the prevention and early detection of breast, lung and colorectal cancers, to the use of minimally invasive interventional radiology techniques and radiation therapy to treat cancer, to those of you who ensure the quality, safety and appropriateness of radiation procedures, and so much more — you truly make a world of difference every single day, and we are so thankful for your contributions.

We invite you to join us in celebrating IDoR on Nov. 8, and we’ve created some tools to help you get started, available at On behalf of all of us, thank you for your invaluable and lifesaving work.

  • How are you planning to celebrate IDoR?
  • What is your proudest moment in your radiology career thus far?
  • What have your patients told you they value most about your interactions with them?

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