Our goal with this section is to help increase understanding and demystify this all-important realm of patient care. For those of you who find the field of Radiology as fascinating as we do, we have assembled a collection of resources and links to some enlightening articles on the subject. Knowledge is power. We hope you feel empowered when it comes to your own healthcare as you read and learn more about this field of medicine that for 40 years now has enabled CIRPA to turn images into answers for countless patients and their families.


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Radiology Innovators

  • Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845 – 1923)
    German physicist who was a recipient of the first Nobel Prize for Physics, in 1901, for his discovery of X rays, which heralded the age of modern physics and revolutionized diagnostic medicine.

  • Antoine-Henri Becquerel (1852 – 1908)
    The French physicist who discovered radioactivity through his investigations of uranium and other substances. In 1903 he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with Pierre and Marie Curie.

  • Max Theodor Felix Von Laue (1879 – 1960)
    German recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X rays in crystals. This enabled scientists to study the structure of crystals and hence marked the origin of solid-state physics, an important field in the development of modern electronics.

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Key Dates in Radiology History

1895 – Rontgen discovers x-rays.
1896 – Becquerel discovers radioactivity.
1901 – Rontgen receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of x-rays.
1905 – The first English book on Chest Radiography is published.
1918 – Eastman introduces radiographic film.
1920 – The Society of Radiographers is formed.
1934 – Joliot and Curie discover artificial radionuclides.
1937 – The first clinical use of artificial radioactivity is done at the University of California – Berkeley.
1946 – Nuclear medicine is discovered by accident.
1950s – Wide-spread clinical use of nuclear medicine starts.
1950s – Development of the image intensifier and X-ray television.
1956 – The medical use of Ultrasound starts in Poland.
1962 – Kuhl introduces emission reconstruction tomography. This method later becomes known as SPECT and PET.
1967 – The first clinical use of MRI takes place in England.