Glass X-ray Plate

August 01, 2013
by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor
The picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his website:

Each month we visit Dr. Blaufox’s Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts to take a look back at the medical equipment that cleared the way for what patients encounter in doctors’ offices and operating rooms of today. Some equipment may be recognizable, while other inventions featured here have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.

Category: Radiology
Estimated Date: 1920
Manufacturer: Unknown
Description: This chest x-ray of a patient with Tuberculosis is printed on glass. The term “flat plate” arose from the original practice of using glass plates instead of film for printing X-Rays. The plate is 11”x 14” and has a paper label indicating a 6 second exposure.