Facts About Radiology That Hardly the World Knew


It has become a commonplace practice for the medical health care practitioners, to make the use of radiology and radiography in several treatment methods. But quite interestingly, people tend to forget about how this unique practice was discovered, and how it became so popular in the medical world. Be it the broken limb that needs to be fixed, or to have a look at the babies even before they are born, tools like X-ray machines and the ultrasound have become indispensable.

But the technology was not invented overnight or even few years. It was a slow but steady and gradual movement that has brought radiology to the forefront. Dr. Apparao Mukkamala has made enough recognition as a Radiologist, who has most importantly worked to give back to the place where he was born and grew up. He realized that there was enough contribution to the society in his being a successful doctor, and hence has delivered it back to the society in multiple ways. In 2002, he joined a group of 30 physicians and came up with a high-tech hospital in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh which could be easily afforded by even the common people. Apart from seeing thousands of patients per day, the hospital provides jobs for 1,500 individuals in the area.

While he himself was gaining knowledge in Radiology, he came up with some of the interesting facts that according to him must help keep an account of the history of Radiology. They include both some well-known and even some rarely heard tidbits of the medical history. Among all such information, some have been mentioned below.

Being the 56th element of Periodic Table, Barium is an essential tool for Radiology. Although discovered by Humphrey Davy in 1808, it was almost two centuries later that the real value of the element came into the picture. It might not happen overnight, but just like all other important inventions, finding out X-Rays was even an accident. One German scientist while studying the flow of electricity and the path it follows, it came to his notice that the image was sticking to paper and contained details which were not the regular photographic ones. After making few adjustments, he took the very first x-ray of a human hand and that fetched him the Nobel Prize in 1901.

While speaking of all these facts, Apparao Mukkamala even mentioned that Radiology and its advantages are yet to be discovered to make the complete use of it. Since there are several sub-specializations of the subject, one single man cannot deal with it completely. It has been more than four decades for Apparao to continue in Radiology, and he believes that there’s no end of studying it. While being the president of Associated Radiologists of Flint, PC, as a part of his long career, he has held leadership positions with several professional organizations and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals to enhance and strengthen the journey that once started with Davey.