Miniature chest x-ray, London, England, 1953-1975
The x-rays produced by miniature radiography are only 100 mm high. The image is viewed on a projector. If the miniature x-ray photograph was inconclusive, the patient would be sent for a full chest X-ray. Mass miniature radiography was in use in the United Kingdom from 1936 onwards. Doctors using radiography and x-rays found that some of those who appeared ‘healthy’ still showed signs of disease, such as lesions in the lungs caused by pulmonary tuberculosis. Today, x-ray departments are found in hospitals and images are taken of every part of the body instead of just the chest.
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