The British Society for the History of Radiology


Adrian Thomas’s short history of radiology is a good start to finding out  about its fascinating past. Other accounts can be found through the History tab above.


The European Society for Radiology, in cooperation with ISHRAD  and the Deutches Roentgen Museum have published two excellent free books entitled The Story of Radiology to celebrate the International Day of Radiology. Click here for Volume 1 and here for Volume 2.

Two books by BSHR Council members have been published in the last few months. Adrian Thomas and Arpan Banerjee’s History of Radiology has been published by OUP and IPEM have published Francis Duck’s Physicists and Physicians –A History of Medical Physics from the Renaissance to Röntgen.

Details through the Books tab above or click here.


NETHERLANDS – the unique website about the historical development of radiotherapy in the Netherlands Cancer Institute – provides more information than ever and comes to you in English.

In 2013 the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) celebrated its centennial anniversary. On this memorable occasion a special website was launched covering the historical development of radiotherapy in the Netherlands Cancer Institute, including medical physics and radiobiology, with many detailed stories and unique images:  .  It is a real ‘must visit’ for those interested in the history of radiotherapy and of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in particular.

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The aim of the Society is to stimulate interest in the History of Radiology and artefacts, for the benefit of the members and the public. We are supported by numerous professional bodies and are a registered charity:  Charity Number 1012505. For more details click on the BSHR tab.  Email


The British Institute of Radiology has produced a short film about the history of radiology during World War 1.  BIR past-president, Professor Andrew Jones, interviews  Adrian Thomas about the important role of radiology during the war and some of the major figures during that period. The film features some interesting artefacts.

Find it here.


Dr Paul Frame  has built up a museum at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Tennessee that covers many aspects of atomic and nuclear history: measuring instruments, particularly those for health physics, are well represented but there is a wide-ranging collection of documents. It contains some artefacts of radiology and much of it is online.

Below: x-ray goggles c.1930 from the website


The 25th Congress of the BSHM August 2013

The History Session at UKRC June 2014

Nervous Women…ISHRAD 2012


The Radiological Society of North America is celebrating its 100th annual meeting in December this year. As part of the celebration their website has an article Preserving, Celebrating Radiology’s Revolutionary Road that you may enjoy. The RSNA’s dedicated centennial website will soon be operational but you can find plenty about their history on their main website


Francis Duck’s  ISHRAD lecture in Vienna 8 March 2014 in pdf form. It’s nearly 40 MB


VERONA  18 OCT 2014

Dr Arpan K Banerjee -- Chairman British Society for the History of Radiology

      Verona, Italy  was the magnificient setting of the latest scientific meeting organised by ISHRAD.(International Society for the History of Radiology) This year’s theme was military radiology in keeping with the general interest in military matters generated by the worldwide commemorative events generated by the centenary of the First World War. The exact venue was the Officer’s Club adjacent to the medieval Castelvecchio an important historical landmark and medieval moated castle  overlooking the river Adige in Verona.  A salon in the grand setting of the Officer’s club was the venue for the exciting programme of lectures.

Lectures  included  Rene Van Tiggelen form Belgium on military radiology in World War 1 followed by Mario Reggio from Italy on special Italian Military equipment for WW1. Ambulances/trucks were converted into vehicles with equipment for developing films. Adrian Thomas from UK talked about Florence Stoney, the  first woman military radiologist. In the afternoon  Arpan K Banerjee from UK talked about John Hall Edwards the Birmingham Radiology pioneer and his involvement in  the Boer War.  Alfredo Buzzi from Argentina talked about Samuel Stuart Pennington and the Battle of the River Plate. The meeting concluded with a talk by Judith Amorosa from USA whose talk was titled Updating the events at the radiology department  of Zhido Korhaz (Jewish Hospital )  in Budapest ,Hungary in 1944 an area which Dr Amorosa has been researching for several years.

Attendees had a chance to visit the Castelvecchio  museum located in the site of the fourteenth century castle and see its famous collections of medieval paintings, sculptures and military artefacts.  On Sunday a walking tour of this historic city enabled all to visit the Bra square with the remarkable 2000 year old Roman built arena (still the venue for large musical events today) as well as historical arches, palaces, churches  and squares including Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori with its statues  of Fracastorius the famous sixteenth century Veronese physician and poet( coiner of the term syphilis in his famous work-‘ syphilidis, sive Morbi Gallici’) and Dante the famous  writer from the 14th century(also probably a physician before turning to literature) who penned the third part of the Divine Comedy- ‘Paradise’ in this beautiful city. No trip to Verona would be complete without the obligatory visit to the Casa Romeo and Casa Juliet which draws in tourists by the thousands although ironically the setting of  Shakespeare’s play was not a city which Shakespeare himself ever visited.

All those who attended including members of the British Society for the History of Radiology enjoyed the lectures, convivial company and delights of this ancient city and participants all thank Mario Reggio for hosting the meeting in Verona.


The annual lecture  at the AGM in February was a fascinating talk about the massively impressive exhibition at the British Museum featuring state-of-the-art CT scans of Egyptian mummies. Read Arpan Banerjee’s account, first published in the April RAD Magazine.

(Image courtesy the Trustees of the British Museum)