Our History

Radiology Timeline
Click on the detailed illustration below to view a timeline of our history.

Timeline

Radiology began at the University of Michigan on April 26,1896, only five months after the announcement of Roentgen's discovery of the X-ray. Mr. S. M. Keenan of Eloise Hospital brought a patient to Ann Arbor with a bullet in his foot. Henry S. Garhart, a professor of physics with a long-standing interest in Crookes tubes produced X-rays in the physics laboratory, and together with William J. Herdman, professor of diseases of the mind and nervous system and of electrotherapeutics, they made an image of the patient's foot showing the bullet. Herdman soon began using a static machine in his office to demonstrate the production of X-rays and their medical value to his students. In 1899, W. A. Spitzley's publication on  "X-rays and the Development of their Usefulness," just three years after Roentgen read his preliminary report before the Physico-Medical Society of Würzburg, was published in the Michigan Alumnus and illustrated several of the first "skiagraphs obtained a the University of Michigan.

Zwaluwenburg Radiology Chair
James Van Zwaluwenburg, MD

In 1913, James Van Zwaluwenburg, M.D., became the first professor of roentgenology in the nation here at the University of Michigan, and in 1917, the University of Michigan became the first medical school to form an independent Department of Radiology.  Formal training in radiology was started and the field began its evolution into radiological science. In 2013, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of our Department. As we look back our past at the many scientific discoveries and imaging "firsts" here at the University of Michigan, we can only marvel at what the next 100 years will bring!

For more detailed information on the history of our department, please see the The Distinguished History of Radiology at the University of Michigan prepared to celebrate the 100 years after the Xray was discovered,by William Martel

 

 

 

The Distinguished History of Radiology at the University of Michigan 
by William Martel
xray history

  

University of Michigan - Old Main Hospital
University of Michigan - Old Main Hospital

History of the Department of Roentgenology 1913 - 1939  
The University of Michigan - An Encyclopedic Survey

  

 

  

U-M Radiology Roll-film Apparatus

Roll-film apparatus for
rapid serial filming

History of the Department of Radiology 1940 - 1970 
The University of Michigan - An Encyclopedic Survey Supplement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty History Project - Radiology 
The Faculty History Project gathers information about faculty members who have taught at the University of Michigan from 1837 to the present. It includes photographs, biographies, memoirs, and other information on each faculty member, documenting their contributions.