Exhibition shows life-saving effect of radiology in cancer treatment

When Swedish doctor Tage Sjögren became the first person to cure a patient’s skin cancer using x-ray treatment in 1899, he lamented that there was no safe method to accurately measure radiation doses, having to rely instead on intuition and previous experience.

More than a century later, a dosimeter, which measures radiation levels, and an iteration of the x-ray machine that Sjögren used in his work, are part of an exhibition prepared by the University's Medical History Museum cataloguing the progress of radiology equipment in treating cancer during the 20th century.

The exhibition is on display at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s (VCCC) new headquarters in the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. More

Radiology collection items currently on display at the VCCC

Image: Radiology collection items currently on display at the VCCC