A week after Wilhelm Rontgen discovered the x ray, he took an x ray photograph of the left hand of his beloved wife. It showed all of her hand bones and her wedding ring clearly in the picture. Shortly after, her hand atrophied and fell off. Just kidding, that last part did not happen. But x rays have been cool for a long time now, and they were utilized very early on. This was all before doctors realized that ionizing radiation is dangerous, that is.
The X in x ray is because it is a type of electromagnetic radiation that was previously unknown prior to its discovery, and therefore was an unknown element. Think back to when you took algebra in high school, it will make sense. X rays are just one part of the greater whole in the field of radiology. Radiology is the study of images of the human body, an Continue reading “X Rays! Not Just for Specs Anymore!”