Mobile x-ray set, London, England, 1920-1930

Made:
1920-1930 in England
maker:
Cuthbert Andrews Limited
and
Watson & Sons (Electro-Medical) Limited

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Watson 90/30 mobile x-ray set, circa 1925, in wooden housing with inset metal control panel with adjustable height and reach tube column. Used as exhibition piece in Ipswich Hospital.

An X-ray machine is used by radiographers to acquire an image of the body’s skeletal structure. X-rays can also be used to detect disease or abnormalities in soft tissue such as the chest. The Watson 90/30 X-ray set is an early example of an adjustable mobile hospital X-ray unit. Mobile X-ray units enabled a wider range of patients to receive treatment. Prior to joining the Science Museum’s collections, this X-ray set was an exhibition piece in Ipswich Hospital, England.

Details

Category:
Radiomedicine
Object Number:
1999-688
Materials:
rubber and steel
type:
mobile x-ray set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Ipswich Hospital