Stories from the world of X-ray technology

Untersuchung eines Patienten am Operationstisch mit Hilfe eines Operationskryptoskops und der Röntgenkugel, 1957

Reinforcements for surgeons – X-rays in the operating room

Our article explains what radiologists and moles have in common, and why the atmosphere in operating rooms could be explosive in the early days of X-ray technology.

Der detailgetreue Nachbau der ersten Röntgenröhre unserer Firmengeschichte.

The story of a very special tube

We presented our tube manufacturers in Rudolstadt with a challenge: This facility – which normally produces modern, high-performance tubes – was tasked with reconstructing our first X-ray tube from 1896. Explore How our colleagues brought a 125-year-old X-ray tube back to life!

Sensis Vibe

On the way to the moon

If you took all of the digital data generated in the healthcare industry up to 2020 and loaded it onto tablets: How tall would the stack be? Explore the history of digitalization in medical technology!

Gewichtssatz grüne Karte

“Röntgen must have gone mad!”

On November 8, 1895, Röntgen turned the world of medicine upside down. At first, many colleagues dismissed his discovery as the trick of a practical joker. Immerse yourself in the fascinating story of how X-rays were discovered!

Röntgen mit Röhre - Deutsches Röntgenmuseum

Probably the most pleasing correspondence in the company’s history

The sender: Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. The subject: X-ray tubes. Curious? Find out more about the early days of X-ray technology at Siemens Healthineers!

„Turn your city pink!“ – Collage nach einem Jahr Kampagne mit tausenden Fotos aus 76 Ländern

As early as possible

In 1963, a general practitioner from New York starts a huge logistical adventure surrounded by ice-cream trucks and sandwich vendors – and thus making the radiologist “a potential savior of women”. Explore how Philip Strax influenced the history of mammography.

Im alten Ägypten glaubte man, dass das Herz im Jenseits gewogen und über ein Leben nach dem Tod entscheiden würde. Darstellung des Totengerichts, ca. 1250 v.Chr.

Matters of the Heart - Examining the heart using X-ray technology

For millennia, the heart was a mystery and even with X-ray technology it was difficult to examine the organ. Find out how it became possible, nonetheless, to visualize the heart down to the last detail.

Die Software Syngo iPilot aus dem Jahre 2006 hilft dem Arzt beispielsweise bei der minimal-invasiven Therapie von Hirngefäßen

A plumber for blood vessels

“If a plumber can do it to pipes, we can do it to blood vessels.” – That was the motto of radiologist Charles Dotter. His “beautifully made” catheters would change medicine forever.

Das Vorserienmodel des CT-Scanners SIRETOM von Siemens im Jahre 1975

A Gentleman´s Crazy Idea

How did a bacon slicer become the inspiration for a new type of 3D X-ray machine? What does this have to do with a record company? The history of computed tomography is full of surprises – read more here.

Ein Einsatzgebiet von mobilen Geräten ist die Zahnmedizin. Die Werbeaufnahme von 1952 zeigt die Röntgenkugel mit dem spitz zulaufenden Dentaltubus.

X-ray Images at 2 Horsepower – How X-rays Went Mobile

Discover what connects mobile X-ray technology with noble horses – and how even extremely heavy CT scanners can be made mobile.

Illustration des Teleview-Systems, 1922

Photography, film, and X-ray technology

How can X-ray images be shown in three dimensions? You will be surprised by the methods from the world of photography and film that have provided our developers with inspiration over the last 125 years.

links: CT-Aufnahme des Schädels mit SIRETOM 1974; rechts:  CT-Aufnahme des Schädels mit dem aktuellen SOMATOm-Modell im Jahr 1983

Our Brain – One of the Biggest Challenges for X-ray Technology

For thousands of years, the 1.4 kilograms of mass inside our skulls 1.4 remained a huge mystery to physicians and philosophers alike. Today, with the help of X-ray imaging we are able to reveal even the tiniest details of the brain’s structure. How did this become possible?

Strahlenschutzanzüge die an Ritterrüstungen erinnern, 1912

Light and Shadow - How we learned to rein in the risks of X-rays

The harmful effects of X-rays were recognized shortly after their discovery, but radiation protection measures were soon developed.

Mevatron 6

The battle against cancer

Shortly after the discovery of the X-rays, their therapeutic potential is also recognized. This opens up unprecedented opportunities, especially in the fight against cancer. Learn how X-rays became a form of treatment.