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: 10 Jan 2018.

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info@radiology-museum.be 

Belgian museum of Radiology

Military Hospital
rue Bruynstraat 200
1120 Brussel - Bruxelles 

Tel: +32(0)22644097

Fax:+32(0)22644098

 

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The Ropiquet-Hazart-Roycourt rotating contact generator
1922
2000 Technology
2220 Generators
Bureau Brussel
(Constituted in 1901, the Roycourt company merges with Gaiffe-Gallot-Pilon in 1930 to create the "Compagnie Générale de Radiologie". C.G.R. Is the main French builder of radiological equipment till the take-over by General Electric group in 1998.Model "with sphere-tips" dated 1922, in a very nice wooden cupboard. An important revolution earmarked the 20 year period between 1915-35, namely the distribution of rotating contact generators. With constant improvements being made to the Rochefort transformer and wider use of the mains electrical supply considerable power was now available. It appeared to be easier to guarantee the rectification needed for secondary voltage. Rectification was achieved by an ingenious device , compound of mobile, rotating contacts designed to collect potential of the same polarity synchronic with the mains period. This technique avoided tradiational valve rectification.The power of these devices however was limited due to the principle itself of passing the current incessantly through numerous mechanical contacts, producing a considerable noise. Again, one had recourse to valves, functioning also on the Coolidge principle. On the beginning suspended, overhanging and illuminating with there sparks the transformer, they were later inmcorporated in the frame, and embedded in insulating oil.The installations of this period were often carried out with care, especially the carpentry.This equipment was used by Etienne Henrard, Belgan military physician.After his dead, engineer Eliaers buy the apparatus.We have the acquisition invoice dated from 1942 !!!

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