Early X-ray use

Early X-ray use

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Caption: Young girl having her arm X-rayed. X-rays were discovered by the German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen (1845-1923) in 1895. While using a discharge tube (in which an electric discharge is passed through a gas at low pressure) in a darkened room, Roentgen noticed that a card coated with barium platinocyanide glowed when the tube was switched on. The effect was not blocked by an intervening wall, or even a thin sheet of metal. Roentgen termed this newly discovered phenomenon X-ray radiation, and suggested that it consisted of electromagnetic rays with a shorter wavelength than light. He was awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901 for his work on X-rays. Photographed in Kentucky, USA.

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