Despite its late arrival, Radiology (Imaging) has had a dramatic impact on patient care from both the diagnostic and therapeutic viewpoints. Singapore was one of the early users of the “new rays”. This article briefly traces the early history of Radiology in Singapore and tracks the teaching and training given to medical students at the Faculty of Medicine. While its instructional components have increased, the scope of Radiology has grown even more quickly, giving rise to the need for greater exposure of medical students and young doctors to Imaging.
A record of Diagnostic Radiology would be incomplete without reference to Wilheim Roentgen, who discovered the rays that he could not comprehend; hence, X-rays. The day was Friday, 8 November 1895, as he worked on cathode ray tubes at the University of Wurzburg, Germany. These rays penetrated opaque substances, blackened photographic plates and caused some salts to fluoresce. Not unexpectedly, the first X-ray photograph the world saw was that of Mrs Roentgen’s hand.
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