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Poster promoting mass miniature radiography, London, England, 1945-1959

Poster promoting mass miniature radiography, London, England, 1945-1959

Credits: © The Stroke Association

Mass miniature radiography was used to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) from 1936 onwards. The X-rays produced were only 100 mm high. Tuberculosis was a difficult disease to diagnose as carriers might appear outwardly healthy yet still be capable of spreading the disease. Signs of the disease, such as lesions in the lungs, could be picked up by mobile radiography units. These were taken around the country – particularly to factories and other places of work – and set up so people could be diagnosed early and be treated more effectively, thus preventing further spread of the disease. The posters were aimed at all sections of society in the United Kingdom. Mass miniature radiography became less of a feature of British life in the 1960s with the decline of TB in the United Kingdom, but is still used in countries were the disease remains widespread.

Object number:

1981-2088 Pt6



Glossary: poster

Notice, usually printed on paper, intended to be posted to advertise, promote, or publicise an activity, cause, product, or service; also, decorative, mass-produced prints intended for hanging.

Glossary: mass miniature radiography

No description.

Glossary: x-ray photograph

An internal image of the body that is produced by exposing a photographic plate to X-rays.

Glossary: radiology

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