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Stereoscopic X-ray plate viewing apparatus, Chicago, United States, 1925

3-D or stereoscopic viewing helps give visual depth to 2-D X-ray plates. It makes ‘reading’ an X-ray easier. This machine was developed by Victor X-ray Corporation of Chicago, US. It was patented in 1911. It has two backlit intensifier screens and uses mirrors to view X-ray images of the body. Consultant radiologist Dr George Simon (1902-1977) used this viewer at his practice in Upper Wimpole Street, London until the 1960s.

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1979-225

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Glossary: x-rays

A wave of electromagnetic radiation that has high energy and short wavelength. It is able to pass through many materials, except those of high density such as metals or bones. Discovered in 1895 by William Roentgen.

Glossary: stereoscopic x-ray viewing apparatus

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