Global celebrations mark International Day of Radiology

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The International Day of Radiology (IDoR) was celebrated around the world on 8 November as radiology professionals observed the anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen's discovery of x-rays on this date in 1895.

The International Day of Radiology was created to acknowledge Röntgen's discovery, as well as to highlight the contributions made by radiology and medical imaging professionals to healthcare. The initiative is sponsored by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the European Society of Radiology (ESR), along with the support of other radiology societies.

IDoR has a different theme each year, with 2019's theme being sports imaging. A special website launched in observance of IDoR 2019 includes profiles of major sports figures such as Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., and Megan Rapinoe, all of whom have sustained injuries for which radiology helped guide treatment and return the players to competition.

Radiology departments and societies around the world celebrated IDoR 2019 with a variety of events and observances -- some more serious than others. Many documented their events on Twitter with the hashtag #IDoR2019.

At the ESR headquarters in Vienna, a huge model of a human skull -- painted in a floral scheme and titled "Cranium florens" -- was unveiled as an art installation to raise awareness of the significance of radiology and its role in modern medicine. The installation was inspired by Dr. Paul Parizel, president of the 2017 ECR, who has always been fascinated by imagery of skulls with flowers as symbols combining death with life and love, according to the ESR.

In Bulgaria, radiology staff took IDoR 2019's sports theme and ran with it:

Other sites celebrated with specially themed sweet treats:

And some members of the Twitterverse posted images of past applications of radiology that might not comply with today's appropriate use guidelines:

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