History of radiology

The history of radiology timeline covers the Origins of Radiology from 1895 when Wilhelm Rontgen first discovered the X-ray, through to the decades of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. During this period, patients experienced quite invasive tests and knowledge of the dangers of radiation was growing. The 1970s are known as the “golden decade” of radiology when the CT scanner opened up new opportunities and discoveries which were further developed in the 1980s and 1990s.

Each decade is subdivided into areas of interest with focuses on radiology, radiography, radiotherapy, radiobiology, medical physics and diagnostic imaging.

Each subsection is complemented by relevant content from the BJR, our flagship journal selected by Dr Adrian Thomas BIR Honorary Historian and Chair of the BIR’s History of Radiology Working Party. 

Read an overview of our history section on the BIR blog.

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