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Model of Mass Radiography Unit, England, 1948-1955

Mass miniature radiography was used in the United Kingdom from 1936 until the 1970s. Doctors using radiography and X-rays found that some of those who appeared ‘healthy’ still showed signs of disease, such as lesions in the lungs caused by pulmonary tuberculosis. It was the ability to detect and diagnose this disease that motivated the development of cheap and quick radiography units. X-ray units are now available in hospitals. This model shows what a unit would have looked like and it may have been made for an exhibition or to show people what to expect at a mobile unit.

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Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

Glossary: tuberculosis

An infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium first identified by Robert Koch in 1882. The disease usually affects the lungs first, and is accompanied by a chronic cough.

Glossary: radiology

The scientific study of X-rays and other high energy radiation, especially as used in medicine.

Glossary: mass miniature radiography unit

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