Paediatric Radiology in Great Britain and Ireland

  • E. Sweet
Conference paper


In 1896, a 6-month-old boy was the subject of one of the earliest X-ray examinations in Britain. Dr. John McIntyre, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, demonstrated a coin lodged in his oesophagus, using a machine constructed in the Electro-Medical Department of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Within 15 years of Röntgen’s discovery, most children’s hospitals in Britain seem to have had X-ray machines, the responsibility of Medical Electricians or Radiologists, but the interpretation of the films produced was the prerogative of the paediatrician or surgeon looking after the patient. This failure to recognise the role of the radiologist in diagnosis continued for many years — cynics claim it still continues, citing the general lack of acknowledgement for diagnostic procedures throughout medical literature.


Royal College Ventricular Septal Defect Paediatric Radiology Colour Doppler Imaging Specialty Group 
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