Poster promoting mass X-ray screening
Poster promoting mass miniature radiography with illustration showing pirates with treasure about to be seized, drawn by T.R. Williams
‘Early discovery means quicker recovery’ states this poster. It advertises mass miniature radiography. It was drawn by artist T. R. Williams. It features an image of pirates with treasure about to be seized. Advertising posters such as this promoted mobile X-ray screening programmes 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. Mass miniature radiography produced X-rays just 10cm high. It 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 very successful. They were phased out in the UK in the 1960s. However, they are still used in other parts of the world.