Portable fluoroscope, by Pattersons X-ray screens, circa 1917
A fluoroscope allows physicians and surgeons to look inside the body without developing an X-ray. The fake fur rim was worn over the physician’s eyes, secured with elastic and textile around the head so the square screen was focussed on the patient’s body. Here the physician could ‘see’ inside the body. Portable fluoroscopes are still used today but are smaller and do not require users to wear the device. This example was made by Patterson X-Ray Screens and was donated by Guy’s Hospital in London.