The History of Ultrasound: Part 5 (and last…)

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The History of Ultrasound: Part 5 (and last…)

John j. Wild, a World War II surgeon, became interested in using ultrasound as a noninvasive method to detect bowel injury. Using A-mode equipment, originally designed to read radar maps of enemy territory, he was able to accurately measure bowel wall thickness and to identify tumour arising from the stomach wall of a patient.

Wild collaborated with John M. Reid, an electrical engineer, and they developed a method to detect and image tumours of the soft tissues, including the breast and colon.


In 1952, they produced two-dimensional ultrasound (B-mode) images of the bovine kidney cortex; Wild and Reid subsequently identified recurrent tumour in the thigh of a human patient.

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Further research led to the development of the original handheld B-mode transducer.


And of course, here it is, the infographic:

Infographic 5

Full (and very interesting) article at:

Kaproth-Joslin et al. The History of US: From Bats and Boats to the Bedside and Beyond. Radiographics. Vol 35. May-June 2015: 960-70

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