Ultrasound setup at the Hahnemann Medical college as shown in the Medicine section of the LIFE® Magazine, January 15, 1965


This was not the first time that medical ultrasonics have been reported enthusiastically in the LIFE® Magazine. The first instance was in 1954 when Dr. Douglass Howry's Somascope at the University of Colorado, Denver, was reported also in the "Medicine" section of the September 20 issue of the magazine.

The Hahnemann setup was again reported as a Cover Feature in the September 10 issue in 1965.

The Smith Kline Instruments Company (SKI®), in the early 1960s was producing the Ekoline series of A-mode equipment for echoencephalography and echocardiography use. They were starting to introduce B-mode equipment to their line and had tried to persuade the Hahnemann Medical College to perform the clinical testing. J Stauffer Lehman's laboratory and his staff were responsible for all the trying-outs and improvements. The compound scanner with the water-bath was the most successful and was sensationally reported in the LIFE® Magazine in 1965. The equipment was nevertheless cumbersome and expensive to fabricate and later on a smaller company, Hoffrel® took up the production of Lehman's machines. After the expiration of SKI's contract, Lehmann turned to use the articulated arm (the porta-arm) scanner from Physionics Inc® developed in Denver (later on became Picker Inc®).

A prototype apparatus used by Dr. Joseph Holmes and his colleagues in Denver was also reported in the May 22 issue of the TIME® Magazine in 1964.

George Evans, then a young Radiologist, was responsible for organizing the services and several important research projects. With his team was Marvin Ziskin. Together they have introduced ultrasound to the Radiological community in the United States and convincing them of the technique's clinical value.





Image copyrighted LIFE® Magazine.

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