I am a Radiographer and I like it! World Radiography Day – 8 November

My dear friends, I am a Radiographer by day and a storyteller by night. By day I am doing proper radiography by X- Rays to the human body and by nights I am doing poetical radiography by words to the thoughts, meanings, ideas.

Let me speak a bit about Radiology field as we celebrate today the International Day of Radiology.

The International Day of Radiology (IDoR) is an annual event promoting the role of medical imaging in modern healthcare. It is celebrated on November 8 each year, and coincides with the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays. It was first introduced in 2012, as a joint initiative, by the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the American College of Radiology (ACR). The International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists have celebrated 8 November as World Radiography Day.

“This Year’s Theme is Cardiac Imaging

Cardiac imaging is a fast-growing subspecialty of diagnostic radiology that plays a huge part in the assessment and management of heart patients throughout the world. Cardiac radiologists – the experts in charge – supervise or perform imaging examinations, using technology such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and then interpret the resulting images to diagnose and monitor a wide range of diseases of the heart.

While cardiac imaging as a whole incorporates conventional angiography of the coronary arteries, echocardiography, and nuclear imaging studies, the contribution of radiologists lies primarily in the fast-evolving non-invasive imaging assessment of cardiac and coronary disease, helping clinicians to diagnose a wide variety of possible pathologies.

The most important imaging modalities in cardiac radiology are computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  • Cardiac CT has gained an important place in the non-invasive evaluation of potential coronary artery disease, helping referring clinicians to rule out significant coronary artery disease, for example, in patients with non-specific symptoms, and other inconclusive examinations. It also plays a prominent role in the pre-procedural assessment of novel transcatheter aortic and mitral valve replacement procedures.
  • Cardiac MR is mostly used to focus on cardiac morphology and tissue characterisation, helping in the detection and characterisation of cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease, different types of scar tissue, and in the evaluation of valvular heart disease.IDOR 2018_Poster web

The continuing expansion of cardiac imaging is made possible by rapid technological advances and the increased specialisation of radiology professionals in recent years and decades, and has made medical imaging an essential tool in providing healthcare to patients with cardiovascular diseases.

The European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology’s European MR/CT Registry provides insights into the enormous volume of cardiac imaging examinations and the wide range of applicable clinical indications, demonstrating how radiology helps treat countless patients and save thousands of lives every year. As cardiac diseases are among the most prevalent in the world – cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization – it is all the more important for patients that radiology provides effective tools to reduce the disease burden through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

As the number of examinations and range of applications of cardiac imaging grows, it becomes more and more important to ensure that healthcare systems are focused on the value radiology provides in improving patient outcomes, rather than simply the number of studies performed. The fight against cardiac diseases requires action on many fronts, and the radiology profession ensures it contributes in the most impactful and patient-centric way possible. ” (Read more here.) 

 

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (27 March 1845 – 10 February 1923) was a German mechanical engineer and physicist, who, on 8 November 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an achievement that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. In honour of his accomplishments, in 2004 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) named element 111, roentgenium, a radioactive element with multiple unstable isotopes, after him.

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First medical X-ray by Wilhelm Röntgen of his wife Anna Bertha Ludwig’s hand- Wikipedia
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X-ray of Albert von Kölliker’s hand – Wikipedia

Today, in Remscheid-Lennep, 40 kilometres east of Düsseldorf, the town in which Röntgen was born in 1845 is the Deutsches Röntgen-Museum.

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In Würzburg, where he discovered the X-rays, a non-profit organization maintains his laboratory and provides guided tours to the Röntgen Memorial Site.

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Photos credit: Google images

Röntgen Peak in Antarctica is named after Wilhelm Röntgen.

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Happy International Radiology Day, wherever you are! 

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