International Day of Radiology

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First medical X-ray by Wilhelm Röntgen of his wife Anna Bertha Ludwig’s hand

The International Day of Radiology (IDoR) is an annual event which is  promoting the role of medical imaging in modern healthcare. This day is  celebrated on November 8 each year and coincides with the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays. It has been first introduced in 2012, as a joint initiative, by the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen  (27 March 1845 – 10 February 1923) was a German mechanical engineer and physicist, who, on 8 November 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays or Röntgen rays. For this achievement he earned the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.  In honour of his accomplishments, in 2004 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) named element 111, roentgenium, a radioactive element with multiple unstable isotopes, after his name.

The International Day of Radiology is a successor to the European Day of Radiology which has been launched in 2011. The first and only European Day of Radiology was held on February 10, 2011 to commemorate the anniversary of Röntgen’s death. The European day was organised by the ESR, who later entered into cooperation with the RSNA and the ACR to establish the International Day of Radiology.

The day is celebrated every year with events in many countries, mostly organised by national professional societies which represent radiologists.  The celebration of the International Day of Radiology hopes to aware the world to the stunning medical, scientific and even artistic possibilities of medical imaging, the essential role of the radiologist as a part of the healthcare team in numerous medical scenarios, and the high educational and professional standards  which are  required to the staff working in medical imaging, which is one of the most exciting and progressive disciplines in healthcare and a field of great activity in terms of technological and biological research. X-rays, MRI scans, ultrasound and many other  medical imaging technologies, as well as the impressive images associated with them, are known to the public, but the exact purpose and value of these services is not widely comprehended.

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“Radiographers worldwide can use the day and the days around the date to promote radiography as a career, as a vital contribution to modern healthcare and as a chance to increase public awareness of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy. ” – The Society of Radiographers- UK 

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This year the day is dedicated to emergency radiology and the essential role that radiologists play in the emergency room, increasing the quality of care and treatment of patients.

 

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Happy International Day of Radiology, wherever you are! 🙂

 

Tuesday’s Math Puzzle

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Here’s some advice: At a job interview, tell them you’re willing to give 110 percent. Unless the job is a statistician. –  Adam Gropman

-Why didn’t the Romans find algebra very challenging?
-Because X was always 10.

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After a talking sheepdog gets all the sheep in the pen, he reports back to the farmer: “All 40 accounted for.”

“But I only have 36 sheep,” says the farmer.

“I know,” says the sheepdog. “But I rounded them up.”

Happy Tuesday, wherever you are! 🙂 

Happy to see you, November

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Happy to see you, November!
Let’s dance with the leaves and their grace,
While coldness embraces my whole space
Your colors put smiles on my face
And paint kindly times to remember.

Happy to see you, November!
Your mist takes me far to the tales,
Which drug me back to the trails
With fairies whose magic never fails.
You call memory’s beauty being tender.

Happy to see you, November!
My old friend who brings me the scent
Embedded with roses and trend,
While flowers became fruits and went
To paint memories and surrender.

Happy to see you, November!
Will be full of dreams our waltz.
Three steps through the coldness assaults
While leaves embrace earth forever.

@Simona Prilogan, November 2017

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Saturday’s Math Puzzle

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 “Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about.”  – Philippe Schnoebelen

What do mathematicians eat on Halloween? Pumpkin Pi

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-Why did the boy eat his math homework?

-Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake.

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“Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.” – Carl Sandburg

“To a mathematician, real life is a special case.”

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“Mathematics is like love, a simple idea, but it can get complicated.”

“A tragedy of mathematics is a beautiful conjecture ruined by an ugly fact.”

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Without geometry, life is pointless.

Happy Saturday, wherever you are! 🙂 

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Wednesday’s Math Puzzle

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-Dad, can you help me find the lowest common denominator in this problem please ?
-Don’t tell me that they haven’t found it yet, I remember looking for it when I was a boy!

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-Why do you rarely find mathematicians spending time at the beach? 
-Because they can divide sin and cosine to get a tan!

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-What did the triangle say to the circle? 
-Your pointless! 

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The mother of already three is pregnant with her fourth child. 
One evening, the eldest daughter says to her dad: “Do you know, daddy, what I’ve found out?” 
“No.” 
“The new baby will be Chinese!” 
“What?!” 
“Yes. I’ve read in the paper that statistics shows that every fourth child born nowadays is Chinese…”

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-Who invented the Round Table? 
-Sir Cumference.

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-Which triangles are the coldest? 
-Ice-sosceles triangles.

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-Why did the 30-60-90 triangle marry the 45-45-90 triangle? 
-They were right for each other.

Happy Wednesday, wherever you are!  🙂 

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Stay for a While

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Looking out from my window, I glanced at the sky
Then I thought what makes these moments quick to fly.

I wished I could pause the spring’s scent and summer’s sunshine
If the miracle would happen, every particle would be fine.

Suddenly a little ray of sunshine sneaked in through my window
Smiled to me and said “let me shine”.

The magical glimpses of nature’s beauty was at it’s peak
Trees were like brides wearing colorful leaves, beautiful and shy.

As beautiful as the spring roses, summer’s dew and winter’s snow
I asked the autumn, “could you please stay for a while?”

Autumn in Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan

Friday’s Math Puzzle

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 -Where do math teachers go on vacation?

-To Times Square 

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-Why is a math book always unhappy?

-Because it always has lots of problems. 

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-Why is 6 afraid of 7?

-Because 7 8 9 
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-What happened to the plant in math class?

-It grew square roots. 

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-How does a math professor propose to his fiance? 

-With a polynomial ring! 

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-What is the most erotic number?

-2110593!

-Why?

-When 2 are 1 and don’t pay at10tion, they’ll know within 5 weeks whether or not, after 9 months, they’ll be 3 

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-What do you get if you add two apples and three apples?

-A middle school math problem! 

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What is the difference between a mathematician and a philosopher?

-The mathematician only needs paper, pencil, and a trash bin for his work – the philosopher can do without the trash bin. 

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Happy Friday, wherever you are! 🙂 

Being cheerful in hard times – I

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We, Romanians have a saying: be cheerful in hard times ( “a face haz de necaz”). In a way it’s part of our structure. In more ways even it’s part of my structure too. I would rather give a long laugh to any trouble. But sometimes I would scream a long crying out too. This last sentence highlighted quite more in the last 3 years… When a different adventure has started…

I have fallen in love. It happens in a normal way to all humans… It’s a great feeling and is worth it. The story of my love is quite interesting and many friends who know already about it encouraged me to write a book which could inspire others.

One day definitely I will start writing my own novel.  Not sure only if to inspire, even I want to bring as much hope as possible, but to make aware regarding some issues of our reality.  Till then I just walk through the whole path of immigration procedures, witnessing a Brexit which impacts vital aspects of our lives. Till then I just write my lines here, trying to point out peaks and valleys, while bullying and racism are still alive and are embracing each other in a stand against foreigners.

The great part is still by my side: my husband finally joined me in UK, about 7 month ago, after a long wait for family reunion ( 1 year and 7 months).  The sad part is written by procedures of a Home Office, which plays with people feelings and lives. The nightmare seems still carry on.

The other good part is that I love a lot my job. I am a Radiographer and I enjoy my work. The other sad part is the uncertainty of the new regulations regarding foreigners once Brexit will happen.

One great part takes place in our house too. My husband usually cooks for us delicious dinners. Enjoying them with a glass of wine sometimes, but all the time with a cheerful smile on our faces. Cause at the end of the day, we are still alive, we are together, we are happy.

Keep going for your dreams. While there is life, there is hope!

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