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The World Radiography Day

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In 1895 there was a discovery made, one that would change the way you looked at the human body. On the back of the discovery, a million new technologies would be developed in different areas like security and medicine. The man who discovered X-ray is the engineer and physicist Wilhelm Röntgen, and as a result, he may just be one of the most important men in medical history. X-ray Day celebrates his discovery and everything else in between.

The Radiographers worldwide can use the day to promote radiography as a career, as a vital contribution to modern healthcare and as a chance to increase public awareness of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy.

What Is the History of X-Ray Day?

X-Ray was discovered by accident, because of an experiment where Wilhelm was attempting to ascertain cathode rays could pass through glass. But also, there was a chemically coated screen, and from it was emanating odd glow, and dubbed the rays causing that glow of the X-Rays. He didn't know what it was, thus the ubiquitous X for the unknown was utilized. It has been called X-Rays ever since.

Are X-Rays real? Yes, they are energy waves of electromagnetism that act in much the same way light rays do but with shorter wavelengths of 1,000 times to be precise. Once Wilhelm discovered X-rays, he determined where it could and couldn't pass through, and how it could be photographed.

It was through this that they discovered that lead absorbed it almost completely, while human bone would stop it, creating a new and innovative way to see what was going on inside the human body.

The X-Rays were used extensively during the Balkan War to locate broken bones, bullets and shrapnel in soldiers in the field. X-Rays were used in things like shoe-fittings until it became apparent that it wasn't all the fun and games. Now, they're used for things like that of which you see in airports and materials analysis among others.

How to celebrate X-Ray Day?

The anniversary of the discovery, November 8 is celebrated worldwide as X-Ray Day. Also, American society is celebrating the week of November 4-10 as National Radiologic Technology Week.

On X-Ray Day, radiographers' societies/associations and radiology departments worldwide make efforts to raise public awareness about radiographic imaging and therapy, which plays a very important role in the diagnosis and the treatment of diseases.

Some of the activities include organizing exhibitions, presentations and various public events for health professionals, students, and the public, raising awareness of the achievement in diagnostic imaging in healthcare. They also stress the importance of keeping the radiation dose at the minimum during the imaging studies.

The best practice to celebrate X-Ray Day is to research X-Rays and what they've done for us. You can try to think of the different ways that x-rays are used in modern living.