x-ray of upper torso

Case Institute of Technology physicist known for completing first full-body X-ray

In 1896, a Case Institute of Technology physicist completed the first full-body X-ray. His name? Dayton Miller.

Miller, who led the physics department from 1895-1936, conducted the X-ray on his entire body, going section by section.

An article in The Plain Dealer, which described Konrad von Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays in 1895, had inspired Miller to create his own X-ray, using a Crookes Tube and 12 wet-cell batteries.

Miller eventually demonstrated the potential of the technology when he used an X-ray to find an improperly set broken arm.

Read more about him at ech.case.edu/cgi/article.pl?id=MDC.