X-Ray Artistry

Saturday Speaker
Saturday, April 13, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Susan Summerton, a diagnostic radiologist, turns ordinary medical X-rays into original works of art that connect patients and doctors to their shared humanity. It took her nearly 20 years to collect all of the letters in the X-ray alphabet before she could begin the process of creating these unique pieces.

Join us as we learn about the science behind how the diagnostic images are made and how Summerton’s art is created. She will discuss how the art connects us with our shared humanity, and helps reduce anxiety for those undergoing medical procedures and trying to navigate the medical world.


About the Speaker

Susan Summerton is a radiologist who graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1988. She has practiced radiology in the greater Philadelphia area for 25 years and has been an educator for most of her career. Summerton’s art has been sold throughout the United States and internationally and is in private and public collections. The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia currently has two of her pieces on sale.


About the Series

Dive into fascinating stories of science with our Saturday Speaker Series!

Every month a speaker will offer a short talk on an intriguing scientific topic, followed by a Q&A or discussion over complimentary tea and coffee. Afterward, feel free to mingle with other guests and the speaker, or spend time visiting our free museum.

Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.


Image: “Röntgen-Photographie zweier ineinander geschlungener Hände” (X-ray photograph of two hands clasped together), in Zeitschrift für Elektrochemie (Halle an der Saale, Germany: Wilhelm Knapp, 1896–1897). Science History Institute.