'Mobaltron 1000’ radiotherapy machine

1960-1970 in England

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Mobaltron 10000 cobalt teletherapy machine for radiotherapy. Whole object shot on gallery.
Science Museum Group Collection
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'Mobaltron 10000' cobalt teletherapy machine for radiotherapy, unsigned, England, United Kingdom, 1960-1970

A massive shield protects both the patient and the operators against dangerous overdoses from the radioactive cobalt at the core of this machine. Called the ‘Mobaltron 1000’, it was used for a type of radiotherapy called teletherapy, in which doses of radiation are given at a distance from the patient.

Radiotherapy is used to kill cancerous cells in the body and prevent them from spreading. This machine was used at the Royal Free Hospital, London before they donated the machine to the Science Museum’s collections in 1979.


Object Number:
1979-206 Pt1
iron, lead (metal), metal (unknown), paint, plastic (unidentified), textile and wood composites
radiotherapy machine
Royal Free Hospital

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