History of radiology

Dr Dan J Bell and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The history of radiology can be traced back to Wilhelm Roentgen taking the first x-ray of a person - specifically his wife's hand on November 8th 1895, now an iconic image. 

Since then there have been many milestones and individual contributions leading to the development and refinement of the various modalities and techniques currently being performed in imaging departments around the world. 

History of radiology
  • key milestones
    • 1895: Wilhelm Roentgen detects x-rays
    • 1896: Antoine Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity
    • 1896: Sydney Rowland founds the first radiology journal, Archives of Clinical Skiagraphy
    • 1896: Thomas Alva Edison invents the first commercially-available fluoroscope
    • 1913: Albert Salomon commences research leading to mammography
    • 1927: Egas Moniz develops cerebral angiography
    • 1934: Frederic and Irene Joliot-Curie artificially produce radioisotopes
    • 1936: John Lawrence uses phosphorus-32 to treat leukaemia
    • 1950s: David Edmund Kuhl invents Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
    • 1953: Sven-Ivar Seldinger develops his famous eponymous technique
    • 1957: Ian Donald invents ultrasound
    • 1964: Charles Dotter introduces image-guided intervention
    • 1965: Benjamin Felson publishes Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology
    • 1972: Godfrey Hounsfield introduces the CT scanner (co-developed with Allan M Cormack)
    • 1977: Raymond Vahan Damadian builds the first commercial MRI scanner
    • 2005: Frank Gaillard creates Radiopaedia.org :)
    • 2012: inaugural International Day of Radiology
  • key figures in the history of radiology
  • history of modalities
    • plain radiography
    • fluoroscopy
    • nuclear medicine
      • PET
        • PET-CT
        • PET-MRI
    • ultrasound
      • Doppler
    • CT
    • MRI
    • interventional radiology
  • history of radiology journals
  • history of radiology organisations
    • Australia
      • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)
    • United Kingdom
      • British Institute of Radiology (BIR)
      • Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)
      • School and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
    • United States
    • international
      • European Society of Radiology (ESR)
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