World Radiographer Day
World Radiography Day is celebrated on 8 November each year. The date marks the anniversary of the discovery of x-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. Radiographers worldwide can use the day and the days around the date to promote radiography as a career, as a vital contribution to modern healthcare and as a chance to increase public awareness of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy.
World Radiography Day (WRD) celebrates the vital role that this profession plays in health care sector. It’s that time of year to proudly promote your profession and your department, creating awareness throughout the larger community of the life changing roles involved in Radiography and Radiation Therapy.
Radiographers worldwide can use the day and the days around the date to promote radiography as a career, as a vital contribution to modern healthcare and as a chance to increase public awareness of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy.
Why not celebrate in your own workplace with some of the following ideas to help promote the profession:
- Decorate your department with posters and balloons
- Have a staff morning coffee or lunch
- Bake WRD themed cakes / cookies
- Organise a presentation at your department and invite patients, colleagues or the public to learn more about radiography / radiation therapy and your role
- Take photos / videos of your celebrations and submit them to the IIRRT for inclusion on the website / facebook or Radiography Ireland journal
- Hand out lollipops to patients
History of Radiography
World Radiography Day this year is Friday 8 November, which has been proudly embraced internationally for over 100 years by those involved in radiographic imaging and therapy. Radiography came into being in 1895 when Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen first produced and discovered the electromagnetic radiation wavelength commonly known as an x-ray. Röntgen inadvertently witnessed a radiograph of the bones of his own hand during testing the penetration of various materials. It took a further 2 weeks of diligent and meticulous exploration of this discovery for Röntgen to produce the famous first recorded x-ray / radiograph of his wife’s hand. Röntgen, as a result of this discovery, published his first original paper, “Über eine neue Art von Strahlen” (On A New Kind Of Rays) on 28 December 1895. He subsequently won the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901.