Save That Old Radiograph: Silver Recovery is Gold for the Anatomy Department

Nicholas T F Ridley, Sarah Allsop, Chloe L Mortensen, F Omo-Haastrup

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INTRODUCTION: Modern cross-sectional images (CT, MR) provide superb anatomical images in three planes with the ability to create 3D images. These greatly enhance the understanding and teaching of anatomy to medical students. A forgotten source of superb anatomical teaching material are the old radiological techniques many of which are now completely historical (e.g. broncography) or soon will be rarely performed (e.g. barium enema). The advent of digital imaging and PACS means that many old plastic radiographs with redundant techniques are being thrown away.
METHOD: We reviewed the plastic film teaching libraries within the anatomy department and that of a DGH department and annotated the films according to their value to an anatomy department and whether the techniques are no longer performed. A pictorial review of the images is presented.
RESULTS: The following imaging investigations were found that had useful anatomical information but are no longer performed.
Fetal Radiographs
Air encephalograms
The following tests are being phased out but should still be available digitally so preservation is not essential.
Barium enema
Barium Meal
CONCLUSIONS: The investigations listed above do contain useful anatomical information and should be digitised and preserved. ‘Plastic film’ still has an impact value greater than simple digital images. Consideration should be given to keeping some examples
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2013
EventUKRC (UK Radiology Congress) - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201312 Jun 2013


ConferenceUKRC (UK Radiology Congress)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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