Glass X-ray tube

Made:
1895-1900 in unknown place

Glass X-ray tube, fitted with regulator and a valve tube, 1895-1900

In 1895 a device similar to this one passed electricity through a vacuum to generate something revolutionary: X-rays. Medical researchers experimented using these radioactive rays on various skin conditions and types of tuberculosis, as well as cancer. They had varying degrees of success. X-ray treatment was expensive and sometimes left burns on a patient’s skin. It also posed risks to staff administering the treatment, who faced repeated exposure to the radiation.

Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A196
Materials:
tube, glass, anticathode, nickel, anticathode, copper, regulator, aluminium, cathode, aluminium, anode, aluminium and valve, aluminium
Measurements:
overall: 240 mm x 375 mm x 120 mm,
type:
x-ray tube
credit:
Holmes, F