World Radiography Day
8 November 2012
World Radiography Day is an annual international initiative that is aimed at raising awareness of and stimulating an interest in radiography as a profession. This collective contribution serves to highlight the importance of radiography, the indispensable function it plays, and the frontline role of radiographers in the health care environment.
Hospitals and health care centres locally and abroad host open days and share information about radiography as a challenging career in the medical and healthcare sector. There are four radiographic categories, namely, diagnostic, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and ultrasound.
World Radiography Day also highlights career opportunities for young graduates, promotes opportunities for radiographers to start their own practices, and puts the focus on stemming the flow of the flight skills. Scarce skills are bound to affect the quality of healthcare for patients across South Africa.
The Society of Radiographers of South Africa (SORSA) together with the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) have been celebrating World Radiography Day, 8th November each year, as a homage radiographers worldwide pay to Professor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, whose ground-breaking discovery of X-rays in 1895 earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901
On the home front, many employment doors are open to radiographers to work in government medical and healthcare facilities, and in the private medical sector. Radiographers may also follow the entrepreneurial route by opening their own practices and forming partnerships and joint ventures with colleagues. They could also pursue an academic profile by working at higher education institutions or get involved in research units attached to some of the universities.
Radiography ‘guides the clinical pathway’ and radiographers play an invaluable role as frontline professionals and health workers, particularly during the upcoming holiday season when road fatalities and pedestrian injuries escalate at crisis proportions through speeding, reckless driving practices, especially drink-driving and drug abuse behind the wheel.
Following the ISRRT World Congress that was held in Durban in 2008, the public profiling of radiography and radiology has risen substantially, particularly within the country and in sub-Saharan Africa, resulting in greater interest by graduates to pursue challenging careers as diagnostic radiographers, nuclear medicine radiographers, radiotherapy radiographers and ultrasound radiographers.
The Society of Radiographers of South Africa
PO Box 505 Howard Place 7450
Unit B44, Pinelands Business Park, New Mill Road, Pinelands, 7405
Tel: 021 531 1231 Fax: 021 531 1233