Introduction It is known that the first radiological units were widely used during war conflicts, whereas the first application of military radiology took place during the Greco-Turkish War in 1897. However, until recently automobile radiology units were assumed to be used for the first time during World War I.
Method Historical archives and reports were researched, and extensive research in available literature was also conducted.
Results The automobile radiology units were purchased from France and were probably constructed under the guidance of Marie Curie (1867–1934). The figure of Dr. Dimitrios Vasilidis (?-1937), a pioneer in Radiology in Greece and the first president of the Hellenic Radiological Society, is highlighted.
Discussion This short historical note describes the first use of a mobile radiology unit during the Balkan Wars (1912–1913), predating its previously presumed first use in World War I. It also briefly highlights the contributions of some notable figures in 20th Century Greek scientific development.
- MEDICAL HISTORY
- RADIOLOGY & IMAGING
- GENERAL MEDICINE (see Internal Medicine)
- Received May 10, 2015.
- Revision received June 1, 2015.
- Accepted June 3, 2015.
- Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/
Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.