X-ray pictures were first taken in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was a German scientist. Rontgen took an X-ray picture quite by accident when experimenting with vacuum tubes. A week later, he took an X-ray picture of his wife’s hand which surprisingly to Rontgen revealed his wifes wedding ring and her bones. This first X-ray picture electrified the general public and aroused great scientific interest in the new form of radiation. Röntgen called it “X” to indicate it was an unknown type of radiation. The name has stuck for over 100 years, although (over Röntgen’s objections), many of his colleagues suggested calling them Röntgen rays instead of X-ray pictures. They are still occasionally referred to as Röntgen rays in German-speaking countries but most other places throughout the world they are known as X-rays.
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What is an X-ray Picture
The X-ray pictures greatly help the evaluation of bone injuries, tumors of the bone, or cartilage loss by using low levels of radiation to take a picture of ones bones through the skin and muscles.
Cautions for X-ray Pictures
There is low radiation exposure every time an x-ray picture is taken. Today X-rays are closely monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce each picture. Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of radiation given off during each x-ray picture and should take preventative measures to protect themselves before any exposure to this radiation.
Chest X-ray Pictures
Common Reasons for a chest X-ray may include: pneumothorax, pneumonia, rib fractures, acute mass formation, foreign bodies, pleural effusion.
Lung X-ray Pictures
TB X-ray Picture – the scars can be seen in these x-ray pictures in the upper lobe of the left lung and the lower lobe of the right lung.
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How TB develops:
The first stage of TB is called “Early Infection”. This first stage will often heal without being noticed or passed off as a “cold or flu”.
The second stage of TB, called “Dormant TB” occurs when germs remain in the body and may be wide spread, but seem to have no effect on the health of their unknowing host.
Finally, a third stage of TB may develop when this dormant infection becomes active causing sores in the lungs and other parts of the body. This third stage is referred to as “Active TB”. These sores may leave small mass’s within the lungs creating scarring which may be seen in X-ray pictures of the chest and lungs.
Head X-ray Picture
This x-ray picture was taken from the side:
Neck X-ray Pictures
These x-ray pictures were taken from the osterior of the patient:
These x-ray pictures were taken from the side of the patient:
Shoulder X-ray Pictures:
The x-ray picture below shows a fracture near the head of the humerus:
Elbow X-ray Pictures:
Forearm X-ray Picture:
Wrist X-ray Pictures:
Hands and Fingers X-ray Pictures:
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Lumbar Spine X-ray Pictures
The x-ray picture on the right shows lumbar bone spurs located on the right side of the spine
Knee Joint X-ray Pictures:
The x-ray picture on the left was taken from the anterior of the body while the 2 x-ray pictures on the right were taken from the side
The following x-ray pictures show a bone spur in the knee joint: