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Here’s to the Radiologists

2 Nov 2015 8:27 AM

Hip, hip, hooray! It’s International Day of Radiology this November 8, which celebrates the important role that radiology plays in the detection, diagnosis and management of a wide variety of diseases.

This year, the celebration takes a special focus on paediatric imaging and will coincide with the launch of a new book about paediatric imaging by international experts in the field. Watch this space for the book’s spring release.

The annual International Day of Radiology was introduced in 2012 and marks Willhelm Conrad Rontgen’s discovery of X-rays on November 8, 1895. Rontgen, a German physicist, confirmed his breakthrough by taking an X-ray of his wife’s hand, and was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.

Today – 120 years after Rontgen’s discovery – radiologists continue to play a vital role at all levels in the healthcare system, from identifying broken bones to providing complex brain imaging.

Take a look at how the remarkable technology has developed over the years:

  • 1895: Willhelm Conrad Rontgen invents the X-ray.
  • 1896: Thomas Edison develops the fluoroscope
  • 1946: American physicists Edward Purcell and Felix Bloch discover nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).
  • 1957: Gastroenterologist Basil Hirschowitz invents the fibre-optic semi-flexible gastroscope.
  • 1958: Scottish physician Ian Donald published important research about ultrasound as a diagnostic too.
  • 1960: The endoscope goes into commercial production.
  • 1971: First CT scan of a patient’s brain performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, England.
  • 1977: First human MRI body scan.
  • 2000: Time Magazine names the PET/CT scanner the medical invention of the year.


Check out the events page for a full list of International Day of Radiology activities in a city near you.


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