Birmingham exhibition hopes to inspire next generation of radiographers

Wednesday 16th November 2016
A new X-ray exhibition hopes to inspire the next generation of radiographers in the UK. Image: monkeybusinessimages via iStock
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A new exhibition celebrating the history of X-rays has opened in Birmingham, with organisers hoping that it will help to inspire the next generation of radiographers to enter into the profession.

Based at the Hippodrome CREATIVE gallery in the city, the exhibition opened last week to coincide with World Radiography Day on November 8th, and is set to continue until Tuesday November 22nd.

Birmingham City Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital are also hosting exhibits as part of the show, which opened with an innovative dance and film production commemorating the 120th anniversary of the first medical X-ray performed in Birmingham by Major John Hall-Edwards, who is regarded as a pioneer in the field of radiology.

Titled X-ray: The Unknown Quantity, the exhibition also features an interactive digital sound experience created from hidden sounds that people's bodies make, combined with the noises emitted by X-ray equipment. As a result, the showcase is not just a celebration of the anniversary of the world's first X-rays, but also of how far technology has come in the century since.

The exhibition is designed to show people how X-rays work and benefit patients from three different perspective: that of the patient themselves, that of the radiographer, and that of the equipment used. One way that this will be done is via xograms, which are images portraying objects' shadows, presenting information to exhibition visitors - and hopefully the next generation of radiographers and radiologists - in a new, exciting way.

In addition, the exhibition programme also features a series of workshops that will be delivered by some of the artists who have worked on the project, where they will share how X-rays and their history inspired them to create their pieces for The Unknown Quantity. These will be taking place at Birmingham City University, Birmingham Children's Hospital and the Birmingham Hippodrome itself.

Written by Megan Smith

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