Radiography in Focus: Celebrating Innovation and Care on World Radiography Day

Shining a light on the unseen healthcare heroes: Celebrating World Radiography Day

Chief Radiographer Sara Lim (left) and Senior Radiographer Suhaimi Saat (right) showcase the MRI machine, a pivotal tool for advanced diagnostics at SJMC.

A Day of Recognition and Awareness
Every November 8th, we celebrate World Radiography Day to commemorate Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of X-rays in 1895. It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about the essential role radiographers play in healthcare, highlighting their expertise in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy, which are pivotal to patient care.

Commitment to Excellence in Patient Care
Radiographers are at the core of patient safety and care during imaging procedures, ensuring that every examination adheres to the highest standards. They employ a rigorous screening process and adhere to principles of radiation protection to ensure that every procedure is safe and effective. Technological advancements have significantly enhanced the quality and safety of these procedures. Innovations like iterative reconstruction and the use of artificial intelligence have revolutionised imaging, improving both the quality of images and the patient experience by reducing radiation doses and scan times.

Chief Nuclear Medicine Radiographer Asmawati binti Mohd Subali stands ready to lead the way in advanced diagnostic care with the PET/CT scanner at her side.

The Human Element in Radiography
Despite the advances in technology, the human qualities of compassion and ethical practice are what make radiographers stand out. They are committed to providing personalised care that puts the patient first. Facing the challenge of constant technological evolution, radiographers continue to learn and adapt to maintain the highest standards of patient care.

Looking to the Future
As we look to the future, we see a field that's evolving with artificial intelligence and new technologies enhancing patient care. But the indispensable human element, the skill and compassion of radiographers, remains central to the mission.

Empowering Aspiring Professionals Catherine Lee, SJMC's Director of Cancer & Radiosurgery Centre and Imaging Services, shares a message for those looking to enter the field: "Healthcare professionals in radiology are crucial to delivering high-quality, safe services. They ensure that patients receive accurate diagnostics and effective treatments promptly."

On World Radiography Day, we not only reflect on the history and advancements in medical imaging but also on the professionals who use these tools to improve lives daily. Let’s take a moment to appreciate their dedication to healthcare.