What is an X-ray, and How Does it Work?
An x-ray is a high-energy form of electromagnetic radiation. It is used in medicine, dentistry, and industry. X-rays can pass through the human body, which makes them useful for imaging bones and other structures inside the body. They are also used to inspect objects for defects and to detect contraband materials such as drugs and weapons.
X-rays are produced when electrons are accelerated to high speeds and then collide with a metal target. The resulting x-ray photons have a wide range of energies, from very low (soft) to very high (hard). Hard x-rays are more penetrating than soft x-rays but are also more harmful to living tissue.
Medical x-rays are soft x-rays and are typically taken at relatively low energies in order to minimize the risk of damage to the patient. Industrial x-rays, on the other hand, are often taken at much higher energies (hard x-rays) to penetrate thicker materials.
X-rays are invisible to the human eye and can only be detected using special equipment such as an x-ray film or digital x-ray detector. When an x-ray photon hits the detector, it produces a small amount of electrical charge that can be converted into a visible image.
The risks associated with exposure to x-rays depend on the energy of the x-rays, the duration of exposure, and the part of the body that is exposed. X-ray radiation can cause damage to living tissue, including cancer. Therefore, it is important to limit exposure to x-rays, especially for children and pregnant women.
Despite the risks, x-rays are an important tool for medicine and industry, and their benefits far outweigh the risks when used properly.
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At ImageCare Radiology, we offer a variety of diagnostic imaging services, including x-rays. We accept walk-in X-rays at all of our locations at a price that is often significantly cheaper than going to your local hospital or emergency room. If your doctor has requested an x-ray or any other imaging service, give us a call today at 973-871-3333 to schedule an appointment or complete our convenient online appointment request form.