'Craniostat' head support, London, England, 1925-1946
Early radiography required the patient to remain still during X-ray exposures. This was to create a clear view of the body part in question. The ‘Craniostat’ head support was specifically designed to hold the head steady during radiography. It was made in London by Solus Electrical Company Ltd. It is essentially a metal head vice. The physician’s hands were free to perform the X-ray once the patient’s head was immobilised.
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