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Watson-Odelca x-ray set for mass miniature radiography, Europe, 1960-1961

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Mass miniature radiography was used to diagnose tuberculosis in Britain from 1936 onwards – in an attempt to control the disease by catching those affected as early as possible. People who appeared outwardly healthy might still show signs of tuberculosis, such as lesions in the chest, and so could spread the disease. This cream coloured machine produced X-ray images that were just 100 mm high. If physicians were unsure about a miniature X-ray when viewed on a projector, the patient was sent to hospital for a full chest X-ray. This machine was used at Ilford Chest Clinic, just outside of London. The machine was made by Watson & Sons (Electro-Medical) Ltd and N.V. Optische Industrie (De Oude Delft), specialist makers of X-ray equipment and optical technology.

Object number:

1987-1095

 

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Glossary: mass miniature radiography

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Glossary: x-ray machine

An X-ray machine is a device used by radiographers to acquire an x-ray image. They are used in various fields, notably medicine and security.

Glossary: tuberculosis

An infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium first identified by Robert Koch in 1882. The disease usually affects the lungs first, and is accompanied by a chronic cough.