Xrays: Electromagnetic Radiation

618 Words Feb 18th, 2018 2 Pages
X-rays are just another form of electromagnetic radiation. X-rays are very similar to microwaves, radio waves and infrared radiations but x-rays are far more active compared to these other radiations. They penetrate many materials to varying degrees. Electrons with high energy crash into the target to produce x-rays. X-rays are transmitted through a subject onto a photographic film. The x-rays are blocked by bone and other solid objects casting a shadow onto the film. X-rays are used for a variety of things like; a x-ray could check for fractured or broken bones, scanning luggage at an airport, examining teeth and to see something in the body that could have potentially be swallowed.

The x-ray machine seems very harmless but it can cost you your vital life. There are many risks involved in taking an x-ray. A study shows that if you get an x-ray done on your teeth, it is equal to having your body exposed to a few days out to the sun. If you get an x-ray done on your skull it is equal to exposing your body to the sun for a few weeks. If you get an x-ray done on your spine it is equal to exposing your body to the sun for 1 year. Lastly, the most dangerous and riskful x-ray is getting an x-ray done that uses contrast fluid, it is equal to exposing your skin for a few years to the sun. All in all, there is a slim chance to get cancer by getting x-rays done on you. X-rays causes…
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