Some Interesting Points of Competition of X-Ray using during the Greco-Ottoman War in 1897 and Development of Neurosurgical Radiology: A Reminiscence

Kanat A., Tsianaka E., Gasenzer E. R., Drosos E.

TURKISH NEUROSURGERY, vol.32, no.5, pp.877-881, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.5137/1019-5149.jtn.33484-20.3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.877-881
  • Keywords: X-Ray history, Greco-Turkish war, Neurosurgical radiology
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


AIM: To investigate the competition of radiologic development between Turkey and Greece during the Greco-Ottoman War when the first application of X-Ray took place.MATERIAL and METHODS: A literature review was conducted, and we searched the published papers about X-Ray using during the Greco-Turkish War in 1897.RESULTS: The use of X-Rays in the military dates to the Greco-Ottoman War in 1897, which is an important issue because X-ray was first specifically used in this war. The radiographic images were used to show the evidence of pieces of bullets and shrapnel inside the bodies of soldiers.CONCLUSION: The experience of the Ottoman Empire and Greece is important for the development of neurosurgical radiology. Both Greek and Turkish parts used the X-Ray technology before any of the risks and adverse effects were unknown. More studies are required.