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Compact Disc on the history of ultrasound, 1982 - 1989
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Compact disc, with case, 'History of Ultrasound-Australia', plastic / aluminium, made by Eastman Kodak Company, compiled by the Ultrasonics Institute, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, [1982-1989]
The Ultrasonics Institute was internationally recognised as a world leader in the development of medical uses for ultrasound, commencing in 1959. The Institute's work followed on from that of its precursor, the Ultrasonics Research Section of the National Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney.

The Ultrasonics Institute team were the first world-wide to provide superior image definition and clarity by developing 'grey scale' imaging. This was a way of picking fine differences in ultrasound echoes bouncing off soft tissue in the human body and converting them into TV pictures. They were also among the first to employ annular ring transducers providing improved depth and precision of focusing. The Institute also developed ultrasonic systems and equipment for soft-tissue scans, including breast, abdomen, liver, eye, brain, genitalia and foetal areas.

This compact disc is significant as a record of the work of the Ultrasonics Institute and their merited place in the history of development of ultrasonics for medical diagnoses.

Written by Erika Dicker
Assistant Curator, 2007.
Compact disc manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company and compiled by the Ultrasonics Institute.
This compact disc is a history of the work carried out at the Ultrasonics Institute and was used for promotional purposes. Recognising the historical importance of this material, members of the team at the Ultrasonics Institute managed to preserve it after the Institute was closed, and some of its research work was taken over by the CSIRO, in 1989. In 2003, it was offered to the Powerhouse Museum by Dr, Robert Gill, General Manager of the Department of Telecommunications and Industrial Physics, CSIRO. Dr. Gill was formerly a member of the Ultrasonics Institute team. The Department also donated a sum of money to assist with the collection and cataloguing of the collection.

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Compact disc, with case, 'History of Ultrasound-Australia', plastic / aluminium, made by Eastman Kodak Company, compiled by the Ultrasonics Institute, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, [1982-1989]

Compact disc titled 'History of Ultrasound - Australia', contained in plastic case. The disc contains information regarding the history of work carried out at the Ultrasonics Institute.
Made: Eastman Kodak Company; ; 1982 - 1989

: Ultrasonics Institute;
Various manufacturer's marks printed on compact disc and case.
Production date
1982 - 1989
128 mm
123 mm
4 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of CSIRO, Telecommunications and Industrial Physics Division, 2007
+ Inventions and innovations
+ Medical technology
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