Radiology is one of the most important fields of medicine. Since its inception, the field of radiology has expanded to become more innovative and cutting edge. Radiology works to both diagnose and treat ailments and diseases found all throughout the body. Below, we will look into three famous radiologists whose contributions have had a long-lasting impact on the history of radiology.
Willhelm Conrad Roentgen
Willhelm Conrad Roentgen is considered the father of diagnostic radiology. Roentgen was a German physicist who first discovered the X-ray in 1895. Roentgen observed that this new ray was capable of passing through numerous different things, including the human body. From his experiments involving the X-ray, Roentgen forged the way for modern-day radiology. Roentgen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. Without Roentgen, there would be no radiology today!
Marie Curie is renowned for her work with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel on the discovery of radioactivity. Though it was Becquerel who technically discovered radioactivity, Marie Curie coined the term. She became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel prize and the first person ever to win two Nobel prizes when she won the prize for the discovery of Polonium and Radium in 1911.
Godfrey Hounsfield and Allen Cormack
Together, Hounsfield and Cormack were electrical engineers who invented the X-ray computed tomography (CT) scan in 1971. The CT scan is important to the history of radiology and uses a combination of X-rays and computer software to create images of specific areas of the body. The CT scan is able to create highly detailed images of the brain, lungs, heart, and other internal organs.
Without famous radiologists such as these, modern medicine would not enable physicians to diagnose ailments and diseases before they begin to present symptoms, or treat many diseases with less invasive surgical procedures. Given that radiology is one of the most important fields of medicine, understanding the impact these famous radiologists have had on the history of radiology will be important now and forever.