Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Introduction

April 11, 2024

Introduction

On November 8, 1895, x-rays were discovered by Professor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen at the University of Wurzburg in Germany. Roentgen had a particular interest in the conduction of high-voltage electricity through low-vacuum tubes. His discovery of the x-ray during an experiment was purely accidental. The first x-ray image by Roentgen was of his wife Bertha’s hand using a 15-minute exposure. Physicians and inventors were the first to experiment with x-rays and create images of the human body (FIGURE 37.1). Shortly after that, these pioneers trained their assistants to take the “x-ray pictures,” now called “images,” and the radiography profession was born.