Intestinal biopsy tube, London, England, 1954-1958

Made:
1954-1958 in London
maker:
Genito-Urinary Manufacturing Company Limited

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Intestinal biopsy tube made by G.U. Manufacturing Co., London, 1954-1958
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Intestinal biopsy tube made by G.U. Manufacturing Co., London, 1954-1958.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Intestinal biopsy tube plastic, metal and rubber,. made by G.U. Manufacturing Co., London, 1954-1958

A biopsy is a procedure where a small piece of tissue is removed from the body for study under a microscope. A small knife in a tiny capsule at the end of the tube, which measures over a metre long, is passed down into the digestive tract. X-rays are used to locate the area to be sampled. When suction is applied a small piece of the intestine is snipped off and the tube removed. The tissue is sent to a laboratory for further tests. The process allows an investigation of the body, without the need for a major surgical operation.

Made by the Genito-Urinary Manufacturing Company, this is one of the first intestinal biopsy tubes ever made. Margot Shiner (1923-1993), a surgeon and paediatrician in the early 1950s, developed the technique of intestinal biopsy and used this very tube.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
1979-768
Materials:
metal, plastic, rubber
type:
intestinal biopsy tube
credit:
Central Middlesex Hospital

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.