Taken for granted today, this radiation imaging method has had a long history: Discovered by coincidence in 1895 by the German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen in one of his experiments, we now use this method in our clinics in very sophisticated digital quality. Thanks to this modern digital technique, our patients benefit from a very low dose radiation exposure.
During the x-ray procedure, a radiation source emits a very short radiation that is weakened while running through the body and creates an image on an x-ray film, the so-called x-ray radiograph. In this process, low-density tissue (such as skin, muscles and fat) absorbs very little radiation and thus appears dark on the film. Hard tissue (such as bones) absorbs a lot of radiation and thus appears white. In that, x-rays provide a depiction of different regions of the body and different tissue.