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Mobile x-ray set, London, England, 1920-1930

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An X-ray machine is used by radiographers to acquire an image of the body’s skeletal structure. X-rays can also be used to detect disease or abnormalities in soft tissue such as the chest. The Watson 90/30 X-ray set is an early example of an adjustable mobile hospital X-ray unit. Mobile X-ray units enabled a wider range of patients to receive treatment. Prior to joining the Science Museum’s collections, this X-ray set was an exhibition piece in Ipswich Hospital, England.

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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: mobile x-ray set

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