The Pan America Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will celebrate World Radiology Day on 30 October 2015 to raise awareness on the role of radiology in maternal and neonatal health in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Radiology plays a significant role in maternal and neonatal health through the proper use of ultrasonography and can help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. During the event, radiology's contributions to obstetric care and neonates' health will be highlighted. Issues such as population access, quality, effectiveness and proper delivery of the services will be discussed in the context of health technologies and universal health coverage.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 16 women die every day from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. In 2013, 9,300 women died from maternal causes and 250 babies die each day before having reached 28 days of age.

October is also Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month. The aim of Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month is to increase the public's knowledge on the many uses of medical ultrasound in health care.

Event day at PAHO

October 30th. 10 hrs DC Time (link)

Media Kit


World Radiology Day 2015 poster

World Radiology Day 2015 banner

pdf World Radiology Day 2015 information module