X-Ray Tube


William David Coolidge (1873-1975), a physicist working for General Electric, developed the form, described it in the Physical Review (Dec. 1913), and gave demonstrations to physicians and radiologists, many of whom saw the advantages for diagnostic purposes and cancer treatments. General Electric managers, however, hesitated to begin production. That situation changed when the United States entered World War I, and General Electric was asked to develop portable x-ray apparatus for military use.

Inscriptions on this example read "8 MA / Coolidge Tube” and “Made in the U.S.A.

Maker: Victor Electric Company

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of the American College of Radiology

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1978.0435.026Accession Number: 1978.0435Catalog Number: 1978.0435.026

Object Name: tube, x-ray

Measurements: overall: 34 in x 8 in; 86.36 cm x 20.32 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-d90d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1762613

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