Published: 9 November 2015

World Radiography Day event

Oliver Lodge

To celebrate World Radiography Day the Directorate of Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy is opening its doors to students and staff from across the University today (Monday, 9 November).

World Radiography Day, which takes place on Sunday, 8 November, marks the anniversary of the discovery of x-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. Radiography makes a vital contribution to modern healthcare and the University of Liverpool was at forefront of its development at the end of the nineteenth century.

Wilhem Roentgon discovered x-rays on 8 November 1895 in Wurtzburg, Germany but Oliver Lodge, Professor of Physics at the University took the first diagnostic radiograph three months after this date on request of Robert Jones, an orthopaedic surgeon. Realising the potential, Robert Jones enlisted Dr Charles Thurston Holland, a GP and good friend, to operate the x-ray equipment that he had purchased.

As a result the first x-ray department in the country and possibly in the world was established in the Royal Southern Hospital in Liverpool.  The initial inauguration of clinical radiology in Liverpool occurred on 25 June in 1895 with the first patient x-ray of a patient being taken.

To celebrate this milestone in medical history, staff at the Directorate of Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy are opening their doors between 10am and 12.30pm to enable people to find out a little more about the roles of both therapy and diagnostic radiographers and learn about cancer treatment and the hidden world revealed by medical imaging.

The Radiotherapy team will also be firing up the exciting 3D Virtual Reality theatre to enable visitors to experience their large-screen interactive radiotherapy treatment room.

Dr Stuart MacKay, Head of Directorate of Medical Imaging & Radiotherapy, said: “Many people don’t know what a radiographer does but they are at the heart of medical care. If you have an accident and go to hospital, the chances are that you will see a diagnostic radiographer who will produce images that are used to diagnose injury or disease; their radiation therapy colleagues use precisely targeted doses of radiation to treat cancer.

“We hope this event will enable visitors to see for themselves how rewarding this role is and the live demonstrations will give visitors a good understanding of what these roles entail.

“We are looking forward to what will be a lively, fun and educational event!”

The event will be taking place in the Waterhouse Building Room BG08 in Block B. This is in Building no. 352 (Grid reference C9 on the campus map) and you can access the building via the Dover Street Car Park.

A local cancer survivor group, Sunflowers, will also be in attendance offering a selection of delicious home-baked goods and crafts in return for donations.

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