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Shinji Takahashi, M.D. (1912–1985): pioneer in early development toward CT and IMRT

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Professor Shinji Takahashi (Fig. 1) was born in January 1912 in Nihonmatsu town (currently Nihonmatsu City), Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. He became the First Honorary Citizen of Nihonmatsu City in 1985. He graduated from the Tohoku Imperial University Faculty of Medicine, in Sendai, with an M.D. degree in March 1938 and immediately entered the Radiology Department of the same university for training. He was appointed as a lecturer in the same department in 1942, and in 1947, at the age of only 35, he moved from Sendai to Hirosaki to take up a post as professor at the Aomori Medical School, which became the Hirosaki University School of Medicine in 1949.Fig. 1

Portrait of Shinji Takahashi, M.D

Professor Takahashi had a number of unique accomplishments during his lifetime. His first world-class accomplishment was the development of what was then called “rotation radiography” [13, 5], the precursor of present-day computed tomography (CT). The term “rotation radiography” was used because th