World Radiography Day is celebrated on the 8th November which marks the discovery of x-rays on 8th November 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (Society and College of Radiographers, 2017) who later won the very first Nobel prize in 1901 (Novelprize.org, 2014).
Have you met a radiographer?
Most of us probably would have, whether it is to do with ourselves or members of our families and friends, who, because of injuries or diseases or conditions need diagnosis or treatment in a hospital.
There are two types of radiographers: diagnostic radiographers and therapeutic radiographers.
Diagnostic radiographers take images of the inside of our body using the right imaging equipment to help in identifying what may go wrong inside our body. For example, they can detect whether there is a problem caused by foreign objects in our system, something wrong with our digestive system, maybe a problem with our blood vessels etc. Ultrasound, X-rays, Computed Tomography or Magnetic Resonance Imaging are their methods in finding out whereabouts or what is going on inside our body.
Therapeutic radiographers or radiotherapy radiographers on the other hand, are more about delivering treatment using radiation.
Both of them must have knowledge on human anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics, high-technology equipment and more (National Awareness days, 2009-2017). As they also take care of patients, in addition, they need to know about the skills and the familiarities of patient care.
When something is not right inside our body, when the pain is unbearable, when the anxiety grows stronger (not knowing for certain what is going to happen) and when family and friends start feeling distressed, what we want is to get help and feel a lot better. While attempts are made in helping us recover from all of these, Radiographers play an important role in a large medical team.
So, let’s recognise their involvement and celebrate the World Radiography Day by acknowledging their great work to our colleagues, friends, parents and anyone who is associated with radiography.
Thank you Radiographers and everyone who educates anyone else to become a Radiographer.
Marie Curie, who was famous for her discovery of the radioactive element for cancer treatment, was in my opinion one of the greatest women in world history. She is the only woman so far who has won the Nobel Prize twice and the only person to win in two different scientific disciplines.
The theme for the International Women’s Day campaign this year is ‘Pledge for Parity’. Marie Curie’s achievements demonstrate that women are also capable in showing their equality with men by her discovery and by obtaining the highest world recognition.
Although she later became a victim of her own discovery, Marie Curie has left us a significant legacy that provides a great benefit to humankind and inspiring achievements in medicine, industry and research.
So, be inspired! Let’s help women and girls achieve their ambitions and let’s celebrate International Women’s Day by recognizing something positive about a woman you know on 8th of March.
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