18 Facts About X-ray


An X-ray, or, much less commonly, X-radiation, is a penetrating form of high-energy electromagnetic radiation.

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X-ray wavelengths are shorter than those of UV rays and typically longer than those of gamma rays.

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X-ray named it X-radiation to signify an unknown type of radiation.

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X-ray built a Crookes tube with a "window" at the end made of thin aluminium, facing the cathode so the cathode rays would strike it .

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X-ray found that something came through, that would expose photographic plates and cause fluorescence.

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X-ray measured the penetrating power of these rays through various materials.

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X-ray postulated a dispersion theory before Rontgen made his discovery and announcement.

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X-ray found they could pass through books and papers on his desk.

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X-ray lost his personal battle and his left arm had to be amputated at the elbow in 1908, and four fingers on his right arm soon thereafter, leaving only a thumb.

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Typical early 20th century medical X-ray system consisted of a Ruhmkorff coil connected to a cold cathode Crookes X-ray tube.

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X-ray won the 1917 Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery.

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Coolidge X-ray tube was invented the same year by William D Coolidge.

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Phase-contrast X-ray imaging refers to a variety of techniques that use phase information of an X-ray beam to form the image.

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The term X-ray is metonymically used to refer to a radiographic image produced using this method, in addition to the method itself.

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X-ray photons carry enough energy to ionize atoms and disrupt molecular bonds.

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The intensity of X-ray triboluminescence is sufficient for it to be used as a source for X-ray imaging.

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X-ray detectors vary in shape and function depending on their purpose.

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Brandes, in an experiment a short time after Rontgen's landmark 1895 paper, reported after dark adaptation and placing his eye close to an X-ray tube, seeing a faint "blue-gray" glow which seemed to originate within the eye itself.

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