Study of archive material reveals the rich and interesting early history of radiology in Sheffield. Experimental and diagnostic X-rays were carried out in Sheffield 1896 within weeks of Rontgen's discovery.
The contribution of early pioneers in Sheffield such as Hicks the physicist, Addison an anatomist and Harrison a dentist in the early developments will be described. These included two world firsts! The development and evolution of the early X-Ray (electrical) departments at the Royal Hospital and Royal Infirmary through a period of relative deprivation is traced.
It will be shown that diagnostic X-Rays formed a relatively small proportion of the workload of the early departments. The workload was dominated by Finsen Light treatment, low dose radiotherapy, electrical stimulation, ionic medication and massage (physiotherapy).
The contributions of the first radiologists (Hallam and Harwood Nutt) and the first radiographer (Hart) will be described. Harwood Nutt and Hart were forced to retire because of radiation dermatitis.