5 Interesting & Historical Facts About X-rays
X-rays are common tests used every day to diagnose illnesses. There might come a time when you will be requested to have an X-ray by a doctor, so we wanted to give you some cool facts whether you’ve had one already or not! X-rays are safe non-invasive procedures used to make accurate diagnoses for many different diseases, so don’t be alarmed if your doctor requests that you get one because they’re pretty common.
The X-ray created in 1895 by a German physics professor, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, is now a common test used in hospitals and clinics. The invention set the world on fire with the ability to look into the internal body.
What is an X-ray? They are electromagnetic radiation that is transmitted by wave and particles. They are radio waves, infrared light, and ultraviolet radiation and are classified into two types: soft and hard. X-ray testing is done by qualified doctors called radiologists and are often assisted by trained technicians.
Below are five interesting and even historical facts about X-rays that you may have never known!
1. Barium is Frequently Used With the Test
Barium is a substance that is often used with X-rays. It is a chalky substance that you drink before they give you the X-ray. It was discovered in 1808 by a chemist named Sir Humphrey Davey. It is the 56th element on the periodic table and found to absorb the x-rays well and provide accurate X-ray images. This helps your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
2. X-Rays Helped Discover the Structure of DNA
X-rays helped us learn more about the structure of DNA and its helix shape. This came about due to a technique called X-ray crystallography that allows X-rays to bounce off 3-D patterns of atoms using crystal lattice. During the 1950’s a British researcher named Rosalind Franklin took the first picture that revealed the DNA structure. She died before getting credit for the discovery.
3. X-Rays Were Used Immediately When Discovered
European surgeons used X-rays within weeks of the discovery. They used them to find bullets and other objects in the human body. One doctor found a needle in a woman’s hand. The following year X-rays were used in the United State to diagnose bone fractures and a department was created at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
4. X-Rays Revolutionized the Treatment of Tuberculosis and Destroy Cancer Cells
5. William Roentgen Did Not Patent the X-Rays
X-rays are a useful tool used by doctors to treat different illnesses. They are a common testing device used by your local radiology centers for treatment of serious chronic illness and other conditions. When you need an X-ray please contact us and our qualified staff will set up an appointment and answer any questions.