Every single day at Vision Imaging of Kingston, we give people x-rays, we look at x-rays, and we make a diagnosis based on them. While we don’t spend a ton of time thinking about them as anything more than medical imaging equipment, x-ray machines have come a very long way since the x-ray was first introduced. In fact, x-rays have a very interesting history. Want to know a little bit more before you come in for your next x-ray at Vision Imaging.
X-Rays Were the First Form of Medical Imaging
While this may seem a bit crazy, x-rays have been used as a form of diagnostic imaging for over one hundred years. In fact, in 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered how x-rays could be used and spend the next few decades perfecting the science.
Lucky for us, x-rays are still widely used today. Obviously, the technology used to make x-rays a reality has progressed immensely over recent decades. So much so that DEXA scans, CT scans, and bone density scans all use x-rays in order to work properly. In fact, these days x-rays use only a small fraction of the energy they used when they were first invented. Not to mention, you will get your x-ray images back much more quickly now than you would have even twenty years ago.
X-Rays Can Come From Nature
While human did learn how they could perform x-rays in 1895, this medical imaging procedure has been a major part of nature for centuries. Background radiation occurs on the Earth naturally as the planet picks up x-rays that are flying through space. Sure, x-rays are mostly absorbed through our atmosphere but they are also constantly being produced by celestial objects like supernovae, accretion disks of black holes and pulsars. All of these waves give scientists the ability to learn more about the universe as well as make images of the cosmos.
X-Rays Can See Old Paintings
This might seem like a strange fact to include but we think it is absolutely fascinating that x-ray technology can be used more than just in the medical world. When art historians want to know if there was something painted on a canvas before the final work of art, they can use x-rays to determine that.
X-Rays Played a Part in DNA
While x-rays are most commonly associated with viewing bones and various human tissues, you may not be aware that x-ray technology actually played a big role in unlocking the secrets of DNA in the human body. By using a process known as x-ray diffraction, scientists were able to begin giving people much more information about their genetic makeup than they were ever able to before.
Need an X-Ray in Kingston?
If you are in need of an x-ray and you are not sure where to go, we would suggest that you visit us at Vision Imaging of Kingston. We can provide you with everything you need in terms of medical imaging. Call us right now to make an appointment.