Naked to the bone: medical imaging in the twentieth century by H. Kevles B

By H. Kevles B

The 1st such illustrated heritage explores the evolution and diversity of X-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and different different types of scientific imaging, and examines their effects for drugs, social mores, and paintings. UP.

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With such a machine, Bell asserted, an operator could pass an exploring coil over someone, like a divining rod seeking hidden water: the moment the coil passed over metal it would trip a mechanism to signal its find. The machine would literally get a ringing response from a lead bullet. Bell drove directly from the depot to the White House, then a parklike oasis Page 11 in the mosquito-ridden swampy city. ) Washington was less developed than Boston or New York City, but like most other American cities it had gas lighting and indoor plumbing for the well-to-do, empty lots awaiting development, and very few paved streets.

Even in the simple X-rays made at the end of the nineteenth century, researchers noticed the confusing blurs and began trying to figure out how to enhance contrast. The effort to improve the signal-to-noise ratio has been a major preoccupation of imaging technology ever since. Many people initially dismissed X-rays as a mere adjunct to photography. The English biologist Alfred Russel Wallace mentions them in The Wonderful Century, a book he published in 1901 summing up the nineteenth century's accomplishments, only to dismiss them as a curious photographic trick.

He made multiple prints of the X-ray of Bertha's left hand, her wedding ring apparently "floating" around the bone of her finger. Shortly after Christmas, Roentgen sent a "preliminary" report to be published in the Proceedings of the Physico-Medical Society of Würzburg. He called it "On a New Kind of Rays," and to prove his assertions, he included several radiographs, one of which was the picture of Frau Roentgen's skeletal hand. The society would not meet until after the Christmas holidays, but the report was published with the date December 28, 1895.

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