Radiopaedia Blog : History

Original file on flickr commons here

In this photo from 1957, Florida's Health Department unveils a mobile X-ray unit. I am unaware of what 'free' in this case entails, but it creates visions of folk just wandering up and thinking "you know what, I always wanted a CXR". Not wanting to get into health politics, but it is a far cry from the 'co-payment' being proposed in Australia for all x-rays. 

For those interested, here are a couple of links to get you started:

 

Image source:

State officials with the Health Department's mobile X-ray unit in Tallahassee, Florida, September 24, 1957.  No known copyright restrictions. Original file on flickr commons here

 

Dr Frank Gaillard is a neuroradiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and is the Founder and Editor of Radiopaedia.org.

NB: Opinions expressed are those of the author alone, and are not those of his employer, or of Radiopaedia.org

 

 

 

 

Original file on wikimedia commons here

Photo depicting screening of apprentices in a steel plant in Mannheim, Germany, in 1939. As far as I can tell the chap standing with his back to us, resting his arms on the equipment, would squat down and peer into the machine (just where his hands are) at the chest of each young man in turn. Which means he was staring straight into the xray tube, with on the apprentice and the fluoro screen between him and it. 

Every time I see a photo like this I go through the same mental cascade. 

  1. Huh? Crazy. What sort of lunatic would stare into an xray tube hours at a time? They must have been cretins.  
  2. Hmmm... hang on.. we are probably no smarter than they were; they just didn't know any better. 
  3. Errr... what will folk in 80 years time be looking at that we are doing today with the same thoughts?

 

Image source:

Scan from a reprint by the National Insurance Institute of Baden from 1939. This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired and its author is anonymous. Original file on wikimediacommons here

 

Dr Frank Gaillard is a neuroradiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and is the Founder and Editor of Radiopaedia.org.

NB: Opinions expressed are those of the author alone, and are not those of his employer, or of Radiopaedia.org

 

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