British Institute of Radiology

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 18 May 2021

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) is a multidisciplinary radiology society, whose ultimate forerunner, the "X-ray Society" was the first radiology society to be founded in the world, in 1897.


The British Institute of Radiology publishes several journals, its premier one being the BJR (British Journal of Radiology)

Its other journals are:


On 18 March 1897, the X-ray Society was founded, later renamed the Roentgen Society. It holds the distinction of being the first radiology learned society in the world, being established only four months after Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of x-rays. From the first, the X-ray Society was designed to be for all those interested in and working with x-rays, and not just doctors 1,2.

In 1917, the British Association for the Advancement of Radiology and Physiotherapy (BARP) was founded. This society was in a financially precarious position and was aided by the Roentgen Society. BARP was renamed the British Institute of Radiology in 1924 1,2.

In 1927, the British Institute of Radiology merged with the Roentgen Society, becoming the British Institute of Radiology as we know it today.

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