Poster promoting mass X-ray screening, England, 1945-1959
Mass miniature radiography combated infectious diseases such as tuberculosis in the UK during the 1940s. This poster advertised mobile screening programmes used to detect pulmonary tuberculosis in large groups of people. Early diagnosis meant lower risk of infection to others such as co-workers or family. It also meant a higher chance of recovery. The poster was issued by the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. It advertises free, confidential screening for those over 14. It also assures undressing is not required. Mass miniature radiography only became possible with pre-war technological developments. These included extremely small, fast camera lenses that were applied to X-ray work. Mobile X-ray services played a large role in public health campaigns against tuberculosis in the 1940s and 1950s. Mobile X-ray services were successful. They were phased out in the UK in the 1960s. However, they are still used in other parts of the world.
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