Sally Herschorn, MD, radiologist, is Medical Director of Breast Imaging at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Dr. Sally Herschorn is Division Chief of Breast Imaging at the UVM Medical Center.

November 8 is coming up fast. While everyone is aware that Nov. 8, 2016 is Election Day in the United States, most people may not be aware that it is also the 5th International Day of Radiology (IDOR).

The IDOR is an annual event held with the aim of building greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and to understanding the vital role radiologists play in health care.

The IDOR was created by the European Society of Radiology, the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America to celebrate the contributions to health care for mankind that radiology has brought. It is now celebrated by Radiology societies worldwide. November 8, 1895 marks the date that Conrad Wilhelm Roentgen discovered the X-ray.

Conrad Wilhelm Roentgen (1845-1923)

Conrad Wilhelm Roentgen (1845-1923)

Previous years’ IDOR celebrated brain imaging, lung imaging and pediatric imaging. This year’s theme is Breast Imaging and we celebrate the contributions that breast imaging has made to the lives of women and men all over the world.

We have come so far since the first X-rays of the breast performed in the 40’s to our modern 3D mammography, ultrasound and MRI. We have made tremendous progress in the fight against breast cancer.

Since regular screening mammography was introduced in the United States in the early 90’s, death rates from breast cancer have fallen more than 35%. I only wish my own mother who died of breast cancer in 1985 at age 52 could have been around to see our great progress.

first x-ray

This photo depicts the first exposure he took of his wife’s hand. You can see the ring she was wearing.

In celebrating this day, I honor all my colleagues and co-workers who so compassionately care for our breast patients and honor our patients who place their trust in us. Radiology has come so far in 121 years. I wonder what incredible advancements the next 121 years will bring.

This Nov. 8, remember to vote. But also remember Dr. Roentgen and help us celebrate the IDOR.

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Sally Herschorn, MD, is the Vice Chair for the Patient and Provider Experience in Radiology and the Division Chief of Breast Imaging at the University of Vermont Medical Center.


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