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Ian Isherwood Papers

Date range: 1896-2006

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Ian Isherwood CBE (1931-2018), was Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Manchester from 1975 until his retirement in 1993. He has been at the forefront of developments in radiology and medical imaging.

Ian Isherwood pioneered the use of Computed Tomography (CT) scanning in medicine. Under his leadership, the world’s first commercial CT head scanner was installed at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1972, and the first commercial whole-body scanner in Europe was installed in the University’s Department of Diagnostic Radiology in 1975.

Isherwood advanced the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Imaging, later referred to as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), in the diagnosis and management of disease. He encouraged multidisciplinary research into the development and application of new imaging techniques in many important areas of technical and clinical research.

Professor Isherwood is the author of over 250 scientific publications, and he has been actively involved in many national and international bodies in the field of radiology.

His papers document the major aspects of his career as a radiologist and, in particular, his role in pioneering the use of CT and NMR imaging at Manchester. They include correspondence and papers relating to the funding, installation and operation of individual scanners, and to the establishment of the University’s Department of Diagnostic Radiology in 1975, as well as lecture notes, drafts of speeches, articles, reviews and papers relating to various bodies of which he was a member.

Professor Isherwood had a long-standing interest in the history of medical imaging, and collected documentary material relating to this subject, which is present in the archive. This archive also includes the surviving papers of the Manchester and District Radiographic Society and the Manchester School of Radiography.

See also:

Derek Guttery Papers

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