Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2024; 28(01): 103-104
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1776053
History Page

Gustav Peter Bucky: An Engineer in the Service of Health

1   Department of Radiology, National Institute of Geriatrics, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Warsaw, Poland
Marta Panas-Goworska
2   Freelancer, Author of Popular Historical Science Books and Articles, Warsaw, Poland
Christian Glaser
3   Radiologisches Zentrum München, RZM, Munich, Germany
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This history page in the series “Leaders in MSK radiology” is dedicated to the memory and achievements of the German radiologist Gustav Peter Bucky who invented the Bucky diaphragm grids. He wanted to become an engineer but bowed to his parents' wishes and went to medical school. By using his technical skills, he made revolutionary contributions to the early X-ray technique.

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Article published online:
08 February 2024

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