International Day of Radiology

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This year, on November 8, the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will celebrate the sixth International Day of Radiology (IDoR 2017), along with radiological societies the world over.

This follows the successful International Days of Radiology, starting in 2012, which were held with the aim of building greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and improving understanding of the vital role radiologists play in the healthcare continuum.

Medical imaging is one of the most exciting and progressive disciplines in healthcare and a field of great activity in terms of technological and biological research. X-rays, MRI scans, ultrasound and numerous other medical imaging technologies, as well as the eye-catching images associated with them, are known to many people, but the exact purpose and value of these services is not widely understood by the public.

We therefore chose November 8, the day that Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the existence of x-rays in 1895, as a day of action and awareness.

We hope to alert the world to the stunning medical, scientific and even artistic possibilities of medical imaging, the essential role of the radiologist as a part of the healthcare team in countless medical scenarios, and the high educational and professional standards required of all staff working in medical imaging.

Emergency Radiology has been chosen as the main theme of the day, to highlight the important role that radiology plays in this field. 

The day is a joint initiative of the ESR, the RSNA and the ACR, with the full cooperation and involvement of the International Society of Radiology (ISR), as well as umbrella organisations on all continents.

This initiative includes the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology (AOSR), the Colegio Interamericano de Radiología (CIR), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), and the Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA – which also represents neighbouring countries).

The European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) also supports the International Day of Radiology.

Let's celebrate IDoR together!


November 8, 2017

Main theme:

Emergency Radiology


An initiative of the ESR, RSNA and ACR

Many European national radiological societies, radiological subspecialty societies & allied sciences societies will be invited to participate, many of whom will arrange their own activities, such as public lectures, department open days, national media appearances, and press events. In North America, numerous radiology-related societies will also take part in the International Day of Radiology.

All the key information about the International Day of Radiology, including books about oncologic imaging (2012), thoracic imaging (2013), brain imaging (2014), paediatric imaging (2015), and breast imaging (2016), and volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the Story of Radiology, can be found on the day’s official website.

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