X-ray technology has come a long way since its invention in 1895. Today, we can use x-rays to view bones, muscles, and organs within our bodies.
The downside, however, is that x-rays are harmful to human tissue, and can cause cancer, birth defects, and even death.
But what does this mean for our pets? Do x-rays pose a risk to dogs, cats, horses, and other animals?
Today, I’ll take a look at how x-rays can affect animals and how to protect them from the potential dangers of x-rays.
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What Is X-Ray?
X-rays are a type of radiation used to detect defects in the human body, such as broken bones or a tumor. They are also used to diagnose certain medical conditions and evaluate the progress of treatment.
X-rays are made by passing radiation through the body and capturing images on film. They work by exciting electrons in the atoms of the body. These excited electrons emit photons that are captured by a photographic plate. The plate is developed and then scanned to produce a visual image of the area of interest.
X-ray accessories are consist of a source of radiation, a detector that detects radiation, and a beam-forming device. There are two main types of x-ray units: conventional and digital.
Conventional x-ray units use a single-photon source and a fluorescent screen to produce images. Digital x-ray units use a scintillating crystal, photomultiplier tube, and a CCD (charged-coupled device) to produce images.
Is X-ray Harmful?
Although x-ray imaging is a safe procedure, there are some risks involved. These include:
Eye damage: Some people are sensitive to x-rays and may experience eye damage.
Skin burns: When X-rays pass through the body, they can burn the skin and cause a rash.
Radiation poisoning: A small amount of radiation is absorbed by the body. This can cause cancer.
Birth defects: If the fetus is exposed to radiation, it can cause birth defects.
What Are The Benefits Of X-Ray Imaging?
The primary benefit of X-rays is that they are non-invasive. That is, they don’t require a physical incision or puncture of the body.
X-rays can be used to image internal organs, bones, teeth, blood vessels, and tumors. They are also used to determine the composition of metals such as gold and silver.
How Do X-Rays Work?
X-rays are produced by the passage of electricity through a vacuum tube. When electricity passes through a vacuum tube, it creates a high voltage between two electrodes. These electrodes are attached to the inside walls of the tube and are charged with a high voltage.
When the electrode with the positive charge passes through the vacuum tube, it leaves behind a trail of positively charged particles known as an electron beam. The electron beam travels down the tube and hits the inner wall, where it produces X-rays.
Why Is X-Ray Dangerous?
The dangers of X-rays are well known, and it is important to be aware of them. When X-ray beams are directed towards the human body, it exposes the tissues to high doses of radiation.
The amount of radiation received depends on many factors, including the size of the X-ray beam, the type of X-ray machine being used, and the distance between the X-ray machine and the subject.
X-ray machines emit X-rays in the form of beams that are focused on a specific area of the body. The exposure to radiation can vary depending on the part of the body being examined.
The danger of radiation exposure can be divided into two categories: acute and chronic. Acute exposure refers to short-term exposure to radiation. This type of exposure is dangerous because it can cause damage to cells.