Happy 115th Birthday X-Ray!

German physics professor Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen accidentally invented the X-Ray exactly 115 years ago today, but what a fortunate accident it was!

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that is basically able to penetrate solid matter and are used to make the inside contents of objects visible.  The first “medical” X-Ray ever taken (and shown below) was of Röntgen’s wife’s hand.  This technology led to tremendous advances in medical practice and makes it possible for doctors and dentists to properly diagnose an array of different conditions.

Let’s take a minute to thank professor Röntgen and wish X-Ray technology a happy 115th birthday!

Also, take a peak at Google’s homepage today and you will notice their logo is dedicated to the invention of the X-Ray. http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/11/08/x-ray-google-doodle-celebrates-x-rays-115th-birthday/

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