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Images that changed the world

Presented by Dr Mark Lythgoe for Radio 4.

Medical imaging has had a profound impact on all our lives. In this new five part series, I'll be exploring how techniques such as xrays, ultrasound, microscopy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans have allowed us to see deep inside our bodies, right to our broken bones and dividing cells. I'll be asking how imaging has impacted not only on healthcare but also on philosophy, art, literature and the general public consciousness, radically influencing the way we think about ourselves as human beings.

Part 1 - Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen's first X-ray image

Part 2 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the human brain

Part 3 - 3D ultrasound imaged of a baby

Part 4 - Microscopy

Part 5 - The double helix structure of DNA