According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, “National Radiologic Technology Week® is an annual celebration to recognize the vital work of medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in patient care and health care safety. The week-long celebration takes place during the week of Nov. 8 to commemorate the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.”
Here in the Cincinnati Children’s Radiology Department, we celebrate not just our imaging professionals, but everyone who is involved in our department. All week long we will be treating our employees with free breakfast, lunch, and other goodies as our appreciation for all their hard work.
Here is what Radiologist-in-Chief Dr. Brian Coley has to say about Radiology Week.
We’ve come a long way since Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays in 1895. Medical imaging is a central and essential part of the diagnosis and management of pediatric illness, as evidenced by the 235,000 exams that we did last year. I would add that no department does it better than ours, from research breakthroughs to clinical pre-exam planning to check-in to exam prep (the patient and the family) to exam performance to interpretation to results communication. Every one of us has an important role in caring for the children and families entrusted to us, and we do it better than any other pediatric Radiology department.
Along with all of the patient and family comments, I have the privilege of seeing each departmental Above and Beyond and CenterLink e-card that gets sent to someone in Radiology. From those, it is also clear that we care for our colleagues as much as we do our patients. While our individual work varies, we all face stresses of some kind at work and at home, and for most of u,s these have grown over the last few years. The support and appreciation that you express to one another in writing (and verbally in day-to-day interactions) is remarkable and should be a powerful reminder not only of the good work that we do, but of the good people that we are.
Thank you all.
Brian D. Coley, MD
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