Watson-Odelca x-ray set for mass miniature radiography, Europe, 1960-1961

Made:
1960-1961 in London and Netherlands
maker:
Oldelft
and
Watson & Sons (Electro-Medical) Limited

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Watson-Odelca photo-fluorographic x-ray set for mass miniature radiography (100mm images), with safety monitor, by Watson and Sons (Electro-Medical), London, Old Delft, Holland, 1961

Mass miniature radiography was used to diagnose tuberculosis in Britain from 1936 onwards – in an attempt to control the disease by catching those affected as early as possible. People who appeared outwardly healthy might still show signs of tuberculosis, such as lesions in the chest, and so could spread the disease. This cream coloured machine produced X-ray images that were just 100 mm high. If physicians were unsure about a miniature X-ray when viewed on a projector, the patient was sent to hospital for a full chest X-ray.

This machine was used at Ilford Chest Clinic, just outside of London. The machine was made by Watson & Sons (Electro-Medical) Ltd and N.V. Optische Industrie (De Oude Delft), specialist makers of X-ray equipment and optical technology.

Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
1987-1095
Materials:
glass, lead, plastic, steel
Measurements:
Safety Monitor: 316 mm x 377 mm x 165 mm,
type:
x-ray machine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
King George V Hospital
status:
Permanent collection

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