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One thing leads to another – how one development facilitates another 21 May 2015

The video  discusses the 19th century background to the discovery of x-rays in 1895. The era of the pioneers is described, leading into the flowering of classical radiology. The gradual development of radiology is described with one invention facilitating progress in other areas. The limitations of classical radiology are discussed. The dramatic developments since the 1970s are chronicled including the development of ultrasound, CT scanning, MRI scanning, PACS and interventional radiology. The paradigm shift that modern radiology has produced is detailed. These developments have put radiology at the centre of modern clinical practice. 

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Duration:56 mins


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Professor Adrian Thomas

Professor Thomas was a medical student at University College London. He was taught medical history by Edwin Clarke, Bill Bynum and Jonathan Miller. In the mid-1980s he was a founding member of what is now the British Society for the History of Radiology. In 1995 he organised the radiology history exhibition for the Röntgen Centenary Congress and edited his first book on radiology history. He has published extensively on radiology history and has actively promoted radiology history throughout his career. He is currently the Chairman of International Society for the History of Radiology. Professor Thomas believes it is important that radiology is represented in the wider medical history community and to that end lectures on radiology history in the Diploma of the History of Medicine of the Society Apothecaries (DHMSA). He is the immediate past-president of British Society for the History of Medicine, and the UK national representative to the International Society for History of Medicine.