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Patient and staff radiation doses from early radiology: 1899-1902

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00:00 2 Apr 2014 – 00:00 3 Apr 2014
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SB G.01, Sandra Burslem Building, Lower Ormond St, Manchester, M15 6HB

Speakers: Dr John Kotre, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

One of the earliest hospital-based radiology services in the world was set up in 1899 in Newcastle, at the long since demolished Forth Banks Infirmary. Remarkably, a day log of examinations performed in this department survived, being re-discovered many years later on top of a filing cabinet in the modern x-ray department that replaced it. This presentation describes the use of the data from the log to make estimates of patient and staff radiation dose using a combination of estimation from historical data plus physical evidence from surviving contemporary x-ray equipment. These results from 1899-1902 show patient doses of a magnitude unacceptable by modern standards, but not perhaps as high as might be guessed at merely by noting the long exposure times in the original log. The record tells a story of the earliest radiographers struggling with unreliable equipment but still developing a vital diagnostic service. The dangerous level of staff irradiation for these pioneers is confirmed.

Lecture starts at 6.30pm with coffee served from 6.00pm

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Manchester and District Branch
Contact details: Dr Christie Theodorakou, christie.theodorakou@christie.nhs.uk

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SB G.01, Sandra Burslem Building, Lower Ormond St, Manchester, M15 6HB
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00:00 2 Apr 2014 – 00:00 3 Apr 2014
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