Site Brussels: Military Hospital, Bruynstreet 200, 1120 Brussels tel:+32(0)22644097 Fax:+32(0)22644098 (Roadplan)

Site Ghent: Dr. Guislain museum, Jozef Guislainstraat 43, 9000 Ghent (Roadplan)

The Belgian Museum of Radiology was established in 1990 in the corridors of the radiology department of the military hospital in Brussels. According to a survey conducted in "Science Museum" in London with 40,000 visitors , it seems that the most important discovery of the 19th century is radiology ! Remember also that radiology is used in many fields different from medicine . It is a fact that due to  to the radiology, more than 30 Nobel Laureates have gained their prizes with the practical implementation of this technology. In the world, museums of radiology are rather rare.

In 1997, our section of neuroradiology was transferred to the Museum of Psychiatry "Dr. Guislain" in Ghent.

Currently we have a site in Brussels and another in Ghent. Guided tours are availble in both locations (on demand)!

A nonprofit association , called ASKLEPIOS, supports activities whom are organized on regular periods by museum volunteers. 2015 was the  year  of 25th anniversary of our museum. We wish you an instructive visit to this site because you are the best ambassador to promote the museum. We count on you to join our organisation. We are looking forward te hear from you!

Last modif: 21 Feb 2018.



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Belgian museum of Radiology

Military Hospital
rue Bruynstraat 200
1120 Brussel - Bruxelles 

Tel: +32(0)22644097




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Static Electricity machine (Carré)
1000 Early Days
1100 Predecessors
Bureau Brussel
The first static electricity machine was invented in 1647 by Otto von Guericke (1602 - 1686), then burgomaster of Magdeburg, Germany.The Wimshurst (James Wimshurst) 1832 - 1903) machine (1882) consists of two circular glass disks, facing each other at a distance of one - eight of an inch and rotating in opposite directions. Each disk is attached to an ebonite rod which is turned by a small pulley. The surface of each disk is divided in twelve or more brass sectors. At each revolution, the facing sectors are momentarily connected through a pair of fine metallic brushes, the sectors gently touching the tips of these as they rotate. The position of the two brushes to one another and to the fixed conductors is variable.The latter consist of two facing forks equipped with collecting combs to which are attached the terminal electrodes whose distance apart can be varied.This machine is very efficient. Provided that it has enough sectors, it delivers its full power after two or three revolutions. It works best when the resistance of the discharging circuit is high, and it has been proposed later to enclose it in a strong metal case and to operate it under a pressure of several atmospheres, avoiding thus leakage of power.The Carré Ferdinand (1824 - 1900) Machine (1890)This equipment was often used in medicine. An ebonite disk is charged permanently by a small Ramsden machine. A first brush collects the negative charges, a second one drains off the positive charges to ground. It was of course possible to invert the polarities.The model presented here is a didactic one used in schools of the 1920ties.

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