Interesting Facts About Radiology

Interesting Facts About Radiology

While almost everyone knows how important radiology is, what they may not know is some of these interesting facts spanning the entire history of radiology. Here are some mental nuggets for your brain to chew on!

1. Barium is the most important facet when it comes to radiology. It was discovered by an English chemist by the name of Sir Humphry Davy back in 1808. As time went on, it was found to be an excellent medium to absorb x-rays and is used to this day to make accurate x-ray readings at Edison radiology imaging centers.

2. As with most scientific breakthroughs, the x-ray was actually discovered by accident. A German scientist by the name of Wilhelm Roentgen was studying electrical currents when he noticed that the image being studied was sticking to the paper being used and showing details that could not be seen with the naked eye. After tweaking things ever so subtly, he took the world’s first x-ray of a human hand. This discovery would garner him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901.

3. It really wasn’t all that long ago when such a thing as brain surgery was merely the stuff of science-fiction pulp novels. But once x-rays were discovered and harnessed, a man by the name of Dr. Harvey Cushing went on to develop diagnostic tests that could detect brain tumors and anomalies merely by using x-rays.

4. Unfortunately, radiation was considered safe to work with unprotected until the time came when scientists who worked with it began mysteriously dying. It was then found to be quite hazardous. In fact, this is how renowned scientist Marie Curie died, from radiation poisoning.

As you can tell, there are many fascinating things about radiology and x-rays, though it should obviously be used with great care.