6 Ways X-Rays Have Helped Us
08th Nov, 2017
Today is the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays - a.k.a. International Day of Radiology!
It was on this day, 122 years ago, that German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen accidentally discovered x-rays while experimenting with vacuum tubes.
We’re sure you’ll agree that this has been a very useful accident, for which we’re extremely grateful!
To celebrate, here are some of the incredible ways that x-rays have changed the world we live in.
Did you know that x-rays helped Rosalind Franklin with her discovery of the DNA double helix?
Lung and heart problems
They can display if someone has pneumonia, lung cancer, heart failure and more.
Detect fractures and breaks
Everyone knows that x-rays can be used to find breaks and fractures, but it makes us no less grateful! They can also show cancerous and noncancerous bone tumours.
X-rays are used to gain an understanding of dental problems. They can show loose or extra teeth, abscesses and more.
Developed into further technologies
Thanks to x-rays, we also have contrast x-rays, CT scans, fluoroscopy, and mammograms, which are all major pieces of equipment used continuously in our hospitals.
Airport security might be a pain to go through as a passenger, but it does an unbelievable job of keeping us safe and preventing any dangerous objects or substances from entering the country.
Finding Lost Objects
Oh yeah, and x-rays are also great at finding your car keys!
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