History Of Radiology

1895 - Wilhelm Rontgen was a German engineer and physicist, who, on 8 November 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range. X-Rays were born!


1896 - Antoine Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.


1901 - Wilhelm Rontgen receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of x-rays.


1905 - The first English book on Chest Radiography is published.


1913 -William David Coolidge introduces the hot cathode tube. He was also famous for the development of "ductile tungsten", which is important for the incandescent light bulb.


1914 - Von Laue receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for x-ray diffraction from crystals.


1915 - Bragg and Bragg receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for crystal structure derived from x-ray diffraction.


1917 - Barkla receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for characteristic radiation of elements.


1918 - Eastman introduces radiographic film.


1920 - The Society of Radiographers is formed.


1924 - Siegbahn receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for x-ray spectroscopy.


1927 - Compton receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for scattering of x-rays by electrons.


1936 - Debye receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for diffraction of x-rays and electrons in gases.


1934 - Joliot and Curie discover artificial radionuclides.


1937 -The first clinical use of artificial radioactivity is done at the University of California- Berkeley.


1946 - Schoenander develops the film cassette changer which allowed a series of cassettes to be exposed at the rate of 1.5 cassettes per second.


1946 - Nuclear medicine is discovered by accident.


1950 's - Wide-spread clinical use of nuclear medicine starts.


1950's - Development of the image intensifier and X-ray television.


1956 - The medical use of Ultrasound starts in Poland.


1962 - Kuhl introduces emission reconstruction tomography. This method later becomes known as SPECT and PET.


1967 - The first clinical use of MRI takes place in England.


1972 - CT is invented by British engineer Godfrey Hounsfield of EMI Laboratories in England.


1977 - The first human MRI images are produced.


1979 - Comack and Hounsfield receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine for computed axial tomography.


1980's - The advancement of radiopharmaceuticals and the use of computers transform Nuclear Medicine into what it is today.


1980's - Fuji develops CR technology.


1981 - Siegbahn receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for high resolution electron spectroscopy.


1984 - MRI is cleared for commercial use by the Food and Drug Administration.