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How Technologies Work: X-Rays

Year 12 Physics

Finding Resources in Accessit

 

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.

 

Live Science

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, as are radio waves, infrared radiation, visible light, ultraviolet radiation and microwaves. One of the most common and beneficial uses of X-rays is for medical imaging. X-rays are also used in treating cancer and in exploring the cosmos. 

Spectrum Properties

X-Ray Applications

You Tube

X-rays were one of the first forms of biomedical imaging and NIBIB's 60 Seconds of Science explain how they create those images of bones we all know well.

A closer look at a real X-ray tube, and the process of generating X-rays.

Images

Radiology Masterclass

This tutorial describes how X-rays are produced and how they interact with the body in forming a radiographic image. X-ray safety issues are briefly discussed.

Radiopaedia

X-rays are produced due to sudden deceleration of fast moving electrons when they collide and interact with the target anode. In this process of deceleration, more than 99% of the electron energy is converted into heat and less than 1% of energy is converted into X-rays.