National Geographic : 1920 Oct
When Minutes Meant Lives FROM our Army in France came a call for a light and mobile X-ray out fit. Those we had, and those the Allies had, were heavy, complicated and fragile. It would mean life to American soldiers if their wounds could be examined imme diately, on the field, instead of in the hospitals to the rear. The problem was given to the Research Laboratories of the General Electric Company, and the facilities of MAZDA Service, which include the knowledge and experience and technical skill of scientists and engir eers, quickly developed the X-ray outfit needed. Incorporated in it was an X-ray tube of new and improved design, by virtue of which cumbersome auxiliary apparatus was eliminated. The engineering skill of allied industry, of Army officers, and of roentgenologists was called upon to complete the outfit, and in an astonishingly short time these units, truly portable, were being shipped to France. The new X-rayoutfit did work with one tube for which other machines re quired a variety of tubes. Further, it weighed less than half as much, and was three.times as powerful as the best field equipment then available. This outfit was made standard by the United States Army, it was used in the fields, and it replaced more intricate apparatus in many of the base hospitals. The way of its production was this MAZDA Service is responsible for the pres ent efficiency of the highest type of incan descent electric lamp, the MAZDA lamp, and there is no type, shape or size of bulb or filament that has not been made and tested in the Research Laboratories. The X-ray tube, the vital part of the outfit, is a younger cousin of the incandescent lamp. To the making of this tube we ebrought to bear a unique knowledge of bulbs and fila ments, an unequalled laboratory and man ufacturing equipment, and the technique of the chemists, physicists, metallurgists and engineers of MAZDA Service. These men triumphantly and swiftly solved the difficult problems of development and manufacture. The portable X-ray outfit forthwith went overseas to save American lives. The facilities of MAZDA Service pro duced it when the need came, and hu manity is richer for its possession. RESEARCH LABORATORIES OF GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY MAZDA "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"