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. 2021 marks the 126th 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 ‘The role of the Radiographer in a pandemic’. Despite the success of the national vaccination programme, the challenging conditions for frontline healthcare workers such as Radiographers and Radiation therapists persists as we approach 2022. In spite of the burdens which the virus has added to both our personal and working lives, Radiographers and Radiation Therapists have remained resilient and continue to provide vital frontline services for our patients. We have also continued to educate and facilitate clinical placements for the next generation of our professions which will further safeguard services by ensuring that gaps in the workforce can be filled in a timely manner. These are truly remarkable feats when we consider the impact COVID-19 has had on the broader health service as a whole and these achievements should be commended.
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 this years posters (one for diagnostic radiography and one for radiation therapy) 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/)