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Did you know that before the discovery of x-rays there were just types of unidentified radiation emanating from experimental discharge tubes? Do you know when the x-ray was discovered?  We do, so here is a bit of history that has helped revolutionize how quickly medical diagnosis has improved over the centuries.  Technology from the evolution of the x-ray has made it possible for early treatment of major illnesses such as cancer, and better treatment in day-to-day medical issues that need urgent decisions.  So, what is the history of the x-ray?

Three men wearing scrubs holding an x-ray into the light and looking at it.

Technology from the evolution of the x-ray has made it possible for early treatment of major illnesses such as cancer, and better treatment in day-to-day medical issues that need urgent decisions.  

Who Discovered The X-ray?

Before x-ray machines were invented, illnesses, head injuries, broken bones and the location of embedded objects such as bullets from a gun were all diagnosed by physical examination and a doctor’s best guess. Patients usually paid the ultimate price for these approaches. A German physics professor, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923), a Professor at Wuerzburg University in Germany, made an incredible discovery that changed medicine forever.

Doctor holding an x-ray scan and looking at it

What Is The History Of The X-Ray?

When Was The X-ray Invented?

On November 8th of 1895, Röntgen noticed a fluorescent radiance of crystals on his lab table near his tube and the x-ray was invented. How did the x-ray happen then?  Röntgen was exploring cathode rays from a Crookes tube which was bound in black cardboard so that the detectable light from the tube would not inhibit, using a fluorescent screen painted with barium platinocyanide. He observed a faint green radiance from the screen, about 3 feet away. Röntgen noticed some indistinguishable ray’s forthcoming from the tube were circulating through the cardboard to make the screen radiate. He found they could also pass through books and papers lying around on his table. Röntgen threw himself into investigating these unknown rays scientifically.

FACT: Röntgen discovered their medical use when he made a picture of his wife’s hand on a photographic plate formed due to x-rays. The photograph of his wife’s hand was the first photograph of a human body part using x-rays. When she saw the picture, she said: “I have seen my death.”

An x-ray of a left hand

The strides in radiology have made it imperative that you stay up-to-date with emerging imaging technology.

What Is An X-ray Used For Today?

X-ray technology has developed into the field of radiation technology and has given rise to several other variations of imaging technologies.

While current x-ray technologies are still used primarily in medicine and dentistry, their application has also now evolved to material analysis and security scanners.

The strides in radiology have made it imperative that you stay up-to-date with emerging imaging technology. We’ll help you stay up-to-date and get assistance with the latest equipment, upgrades, and installation.

Full Sky Technologies are the experts in the digital imaging industry.  Team up with us today at info@fullskytech.com or contact us by phone at (513) 206-9971 TODAY!

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