Lipiodol Ultra Fluid

1981 in Aulnay-sous-Bois

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Ampoules of Lipiodol, an iodine-containing x-ray contrast medium; Lipiodol Ultra Fluid (1 of 4 packs 10ml and 4 packs
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Lipiodol Ultra Fluid (1 of 4 packs 10ml and 4 packs each containing four 5ml ampoules), part of a set of two ampoules of Lipiodol, an iodine-containing x-ray contrast medium by Guerbet, 93609 Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, 1981.

Lipiodol is an oily liquid. It can be introduced into body cavities. It is radio-opaque because it contains iodine. This means it shows up on X-rays. Soft body tissues are normally barely visible because X-rays define denser structures such as bone.

Lipiodol was introduced in 1922. It has been widely used to demonstrate the nervous system, uterus, urinary tract and other organs on X-rays. Similar water-based preparations recently replaced Lipiodol in many types of X-ray work. This is because the images are easier to interpret. These two glass ampoules of the chemical were made by French manufacturer Guerbet.


Object Number:
glass, materia medica and paper (fibre product)
Lipiodol F: 109 mm 20 mm, 0.036 kg
Lipiodol ultra: 94 mm 15 mm, 0.02 kg
x-ray contrast media and x-ray contrast media and diagnosis (radiography)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • x-ray machine

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