Karmanos Observes 'International Day of Radiology' to Recognize More than a Century of Lives Saved and Improved by Radiologists and Radiology
Thursday, November 08, 2012
The Michigan Radiological Society, of which the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is a member, is proud to take part in the first annual International Day of Radiology (IDoR) — November 8, 2012. IDoR marks the 117th anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray, and more recently, the billions of lives saved and improved worldwide by radiation therapy and medical imaging exams.
More than a century of radiological research has led to groundbreaking advances in patient care and changed the face of modern medicine:
- The New England Journal of Medicine named imaging among the top 10 medical advances of the last 1,000 years.
- Imaging scans have virtually eliminated exploratory surgeries, reduced unnecessary hospital admissions and often shorten hospital stays.
- According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, access to medical imaging is directly linked to greater life expectancy for Americans.
“MRIs, CT scans and other imaging exams allow physicians to make diagnoses and medical determinations safely and efficiently,” said Sharon R. Helmer, M.D., clinical service chief of the Karmanos Cancer Center Imaging Department.
Medical imaging exams speed effective diagnosis and treatment for a number of illnesses and injuries and are among the most cost-effective tools in medicine. Despite an aging population that demands increasingly more health care services, Medicare spending on imaging scans is the same today as it was in 2003. According to the Health Care Cost Institute, imaging costs are the slowest growing of all physician services among the privately insured as well.
“The radiologic technology and expertise at Karmanos allows our oncology specialists to detect and treat cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is most treatable,” Dr. Helmer said. “Recognizing the International Day of Radiology allows us to appreciate the advancements made in this field and the significant, positive impact it has had on our patients’ health and well-being.”