The International Day of Radiology is celebrated annually on 8th of November to remember the day that Wilhelm Röntgen created the first, now famous X-ray. This image started a medical discipline that has revolutionised patient care.
International Day of Radiology is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the value that radiology, radiologists and radiological technologists contribute to quality healthcare. South Africa’s contribution is also little known, but Cape Town Scientist Dr Allan Cormack’s pioneering work in Physics earned him a Nobel prize in 1979 for his contribution in developing CT scanning, today a vital tool in diagnostic radiology.
Cardiac Imaging has been chosen as the main theme in 2018, to highlight the essential role that radiology plays in the diagnosis and management of cardiac diseases, improving quality of care and treatment outcome for patients. This is most appropriate now that the World Health Association has declared cardiovascular disease as the number one cause of death globally.
Radiology is one of the most exciting and progressive disciplines in medicine, with incredible ongoing advances in technological and biological research. CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasound and the eye-catching images associated with them, are known to many people, but the exact purpose and value of these examinations is not widely understood.
We hope to remind the world of the stunning diagnostic, scientific and therapeutic possibilities created by medical imaging and of the essential role of radiology in the healthcare team. It is often the best quality equipment and the most skilled people that make the small important differences in patient health outcomes.
Lake, Smit and Partners recognises the great pioneers of radiology and have followed their example by ensuring we always invest in cutting edge technologies and robust internal educational programmes to provide the best possible service to our patients and medical colleagues.
Our relentless pursuit of excellence, in hardware, software and people has helped us pioneer many firsts here in South Africa, including the installation of the first truly cardiac capable multislice CT scanner in private practice in 2003 - we commit to this continuing in our practice.
To the pioneers of radiology and the many unseen scientists, researchers and teachers who strive to improve radiology, our speciality in medicine: “We salute you”.
Yours in health,
The team at Lake, Smit and Partners.