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November 8, 2019: Day of Radiology

WHEREAS, medical image exams have revolutionized medicine and are associated with greater life expectancy for Americans, declines in cancer, and lower hospital mortality rates; and,


WHEREAS, medical image exams are most often safer and less expensive than the invasive procedures they replace and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, decrease lengths of hospital stays, and help lower health care costs for Americans; and,


WHEREAS, November 8, 2019, is the eighth annual “International Day of Radiology,” which marks the 124th anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen; and,


WHEREAS, on this day, we should recognize and honor the tremendous advances in patient care made possible by radiation therapy and medical imaging exams, such as MRI and CT scans, which have not only helped diagnose patients faster, but also led to less intrusive and safer practices by doctors;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 8, 2019, as Day of Radiology in Michigan.