World Radiography Day
World Radiography Day is celebrated on November 8th each year marking the anniversary of the discovery of X-radiation by German Physicist Wilhelm Roentgen. 2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the discovery which would eventually revolutionise medical diagnostics and transform the treatment of many cancers.
The theme for this year’s World Radiography Day is ‘Elevating Patient Care with Artificial Intelligence (AI)’. As Radiographers and Radiation Therapists, we are no stranger to AI technology such as automatic exposure control, computer aided detection, segmentation, and adaptive planning. The integration of AI into our daily workflow is something that has long been embraced by our professions in recognition of the potential to enhance patient care through improved diagnosis and intervention. Much of the current focus in AI development is aimed at reducing the time required to perform certain tasks and it is hoped that the time saved could be used to focus more on our patients.
World Radiography Day offers us the opportunity to promote and raise awareness of, the truly outstanding work being undertaken by Radiographers and Radiation Therapists across Ireland and across the globe. Raising the profile of our professions and promoting the incredible work we do is something that the IIRRT has worked hard at since its inception in 1996 and remains a key goal of our ongoing strategy. Accordingly, the IIRRT has designed a poster to mark the occasion and to continue with these efforts.
We, therefore, invite you to join us in celebrating this day by displaying the enclosed posters in public areas within your department to highlight the vital contribution our professions make day in and day out to healthcare delivery in Ireland. A digital copy of the poster is also available for download in the resources section of our website should you require additional copies (http://www.iirrt.ie/category/resources/)