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WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and
WHEREAS, qualified practitioners who specialize in the use of medical radiation and imaging technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases share a commitment to providing a safer, more compassionate environment now and in the future; and
WHEREAS, professionals in the radiologic sciences are dedicated to the highest standard of professionalism and maintain this standard through education, lifelong learning, credentialing, and personal commitment; and
WHEREAS, x-ray technology has advanced the medical field by providing extraordinary imaging of bones, cavities, swallowed objects, blood vessels, lungs, and intestines, to name a few; and
WHEREAS, National Radiologic Technology Week® is celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of radiologic technologists, and to commemorate the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895; and
WHEREAS, the week-long celebration recognizes the safe medical radiation environment provided through the skilled and conscientious efforts of radiologic technologists;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 3-9, 2019, as NATIONAL RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.