Shoe Store Fluoroscope

A history of the little known shoe store X-Ray machines called Fluoroscopes that were used to show your feet inside your shoes. A big hit for a short time since the designers ignored the radiation they were releasing. Oops!

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2 Responses to Shoe Store Fluoroscope

  1. alfy says:

    Did anyone do follow-up research on the shoe shop assistants to see how their health was affected by radiation all day every working day? The mind reels when you compare this with the pattern for modern medical radiographers who are not permitted to remain in the same room while the patient is X-rayed.

    • Deskarati says:

      Found this note on ‘tinternet:

      Apparently no systematic medical research has ever been done on the impact of fluoroscopes in the United States, Britain (where the fluoroscopes were known as Pedoscopes) or in Australia. There is no anecdotal record of customers being affected, although it seems likely that many must have been because the entire body of the customer – and the sales staff and the attending parent – were bathed in radiation. Everyone involved risked stunted growth, dermatitis, cataracts, malignant cancers and sterility.

      However the poor sods who worked in the shoe shops were most affected as the fluoroscopes spewed out radiation whether they were being used or not. Many salespersons put their hands into the X-ray beam to squeeze the shoe during the fitting. In one authenticated case a saleswoman received such a serious radiation burn that her leg had to be amputated.

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