Motorised scanner couch, 1957

Made:
1957 in Europe
Motorised scanner couch 
      
      Full profile view, grey background. Motorised scanner couch.
      Detail view of control panel. Motorised scanner couch.
      Detail view of control panel.

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Motorised scanner couch Full profile view, grey background.
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Motorised scanner couch. Detail view of control panel.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Motorised scanner couch. Detail view of control panel.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Motorised scanner couch

This adjustable couch was used in conjunction with an overhead ‘scintillation’ scanner. The scanner produced images of the body for clinical diagnosis. The patient lay on the couch underneath the scanner. The couch was then adjusted to view the appropriate region of the body such as the liver, thyroid, kidney or brain. Two electric motors drive the floating top of the couch. One is for horizontal adjustments and the other for vertical adjustments. This motorised scanner couch was state-of-the-art in the 1950s. It was superseded by advances in medical technology and taken out of service by the late 1970s.

Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
2002-431
type:
patient's couch
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • x-ray machine
credit:
Lakshmanan, A.V., Dr