The Radiology marches up to the front lines : from 1914 to 2014
Why this exhibit?
On the occasion of the remembrance of the Great War, the Belgian Museum of Radiology hosts an exhibit that retraces a century of armed conflicts. This event is sponsored by the Central Office for Social and Cultural Action of the Belgian Army.Four distinct periods are illustrated with large photographs. On large mural panels the visitor will also discover the most important steps of the technical development of the medical radiology.
At the beginning of the first world war the radiology is just a19 years young specialty. At the end of this war of the trenches it has acquired its true credentials. From 1918, all hospitals, clinics and sanatoriums are equipped with at least one X-ray room.
After this first conflict, numerous technical improvements become general features and are applied worldwide. But, it is during the Second World War, and the Korean War, that we observe the apparatuses grow more robust.
The period called Cold War, sees conflicts sprout somewhat all over the globe. To be able to deploy the military radiology service close to the fields of operation, the new technologies are combined with the most adequate means of transportation. Thus one sees the CT scanner appear integrated in a container, deployed in the field on the grounds in Iraq.
Instead of the ultrasound, which does not need employ the ionizing radiation, the magnetic resonance completes from 1990 on the diagnostic arsenal. These technologies are utilized in the hospital units in Afghanistan.
At a time of remembrance, like now, it is good to direct the spotlights onto the selfless commitment of the researchers. Their work has resulted into innovating medical technologies which are indispensable for the military medical actors in the country at war. This brief historical overview is equally a testimony of gratitude to our elders who, with rudimentary apparatus, have been the pioneers in the radiology. Their labours deserve our total admiration and respect.