1920s diagnostic imaging


The March 1928 issue (Heyerdahl BJR 1928; 1(3): 75-90) has a good account of the imaging of the renal tract prior to the modern urograms with intravenously administered iodinated contrast media. The quality of the studies is quite excellent but imaging of the kidneys with contrast required cystoscopy and the use of ureteric catheters. There was a considerable knowledge of the renal tract appearances of pathology on the retrograde pyelograms and this facilitated the interpretations of the new intravenous studies in the 1930s.

 Rontgenogram of renal stones

Image source: Heyerdahl BJR 1928; 1(3): 75-90

The Chest

J V Sparkes wrote on “The Uses of Lipiodol as an Aid to the Diagnosis in Diseases of the Chest” in April 1928   (Sparkes BJR 1928; 1(4): 111-121). The paper describes the technique of bronchography and is well illustrated. Bronchography was used for diagnosing bronchial disease and only passed out of use with the development on high quality CT scanning.

Use of lipoidal in diagnosis in diseases of chest 

Image source: Sparkes BJR 1928; 1(4): 111-121


James Brailsford

James Brailsford was a well-known radiologist from Birmingham and made major contributions to bone radiology. In September 1928 he wrote on “The Pulpless Tooth” (Brailsford BJR 1928; 1(9):  315-326)  and in December 1928 wrote on dental sepsis (Brailsford BJR 1928; 1(12): 471-480).

 Radiograph of lumbo-sacral joints

Image source: Brailsford BJR 1928; 1(12): 471-480

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