Thursday, February 17

Facts about X-rays

X-ray Facts

We are on letter Xx of the gratitude alphabet. 

X is for X-ray!  

What are you thankful for that begins with the letter X?

Did you know that the X in X-ray stands for unknown? Just like the X in math, it means that the value is not yet known! I'm going to tell you all about X-rays and who discovered them! 

X-ray machines take pictures of your skeletal system! An X-ray is an excellent way to determine if your bone has been fractured. On November 8, 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered the X-ray! William Roentgen was a German scientist. Nikola Tesla actually discovered the X-ray, but he gives full credit to Wilhelm Roentgen.


Facts about the Xray:

1. X-rays allow us to see into space. Telescopes that can detect X-rays have been launched into space, making it easy for scientists to see our solar system.

2. X-rays have helped scientists to detect the structure of DNA.

3. X-rays were used to treat tuberculosis.

4. X-rays allow doctors to see your lungs, bones, teeth, and other body structures. They can even use X-rays on animals and paintings.

5. The 1904 World’s Fair introduced an X-ray machine to the public.

6. Many airports use X-rays to screen luggage.

7. In the 1940s, some shoe stores used an X-ray machine to help fit people with the correct size shoes. X-ray machines were also used as attractions in traveling fairs, circuses, and carnivals.

8. X-rays are electromagnetic radiation. It is an energy that is capable of passing through particular objects.

9. Here is a list of some medical X-ray imaging in alphabetical order:

  • Computed Tomography- can see the internal organs of the body.
  • Dental cone beam Computed Tomography- can produce 3D images of teeth and other stuff in the mouth.
  • Fluoroscopy can show real-time images of internal organs and tissues while they move through the machine.
  • Mammography- this form of X-ray can detect breast cancer.
  • Radiography- X-rays that see bones, tissues, and other bodily structures.


Can you share a fact about X-rays with us?


Get a printable X is for the X-ray worksheet here: 

X is for X-ray


Books about X-rays:

1. Andy's X-ray: by Wendy Hall

2. Jessica's X-Ray by Pat Zonta

3. Inside Your Outside: by Tish Rabe

4. X-Ray Machines by Joanne Mattern

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


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