How X-Rays Changed the World

In the late 1800’s, a German physicist by the name of Wilhelm Röntgen accidentally discovered a new form of electromagnetic radiation. He observed a curious effect that happened when passing an electrical current through gases at low pressure – he could see through most substances and project the shadow of solid objects.

He named this discovery “ X-radiation” (simply because he didn’t know what it was). X-rays would go on to change the world forever. After only one year, a prototype radiology department opened in Scotland, and produced the first-ever images of a kidney stone and a penny lodged in a child’s throat.

Not long after, an American physiologist used X-ray technology to trace the process of digestion. Even the general public readily embraced the new technology. Carnivals around the world showcased the “mystical technology” that allowed people to view their own skeleton.

The Spread of X-Ray Technology

X-rays were viewed as very valuable technology for more than just swallowed pennies and digested food. They were revered in the medical community their ability to diagnose tuberculosis. The military also took advantage of the technology, insisting that all recruits be X-rayed to rule out those with tuberculosis. This act prevented it from spreading to others, and spared many lives.

By the early 1900s, every hospital around the world wanted to use X-ray technology. At first, doctors would personally use X-rays as a diagnostic measure for their patients. As the demand and usage of the X-ray grew, doctors hired assistants that could perform the X-ray portion of the patient’s diagnosis for them. When the technology advanced even more, these assistants would transition to become specialists of diagnosis.

After the first world war, hospitals became heavily dependent on X-ray machines for patient diagnosis. Official radiology departments opened all over the world for specialized training for X-ray technicians (now trained as radiologists).

The Advancement of X-Rays

Constant breakthroughs in X-ray usage has led to increased accuracy of radiology, all while decreasing potential harm to medical professionals and patients alike. Advancements include ultrasounds (introduced in the 1950s) and CT scans (introduced in the early 1970s). CT scans combined the clarity of the X-ray with the precision of computers to produce an accurate cross-sectional image of the body.

It’s undeniable that X-ray technology has changed the medical field forever. They have saved countless lives and helped doctors across the world to better understand human anatomy and physiology.

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