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This X-Ray Guide Will Make You A Security Pro In No Time

Few people set out to become x-ray experts. Not many children dream of becoming the next Wilhelm Rontgen. But life moves in unexpected directions. Whether you are a security professional, doctor, or physicist, x-rays impact your life. So we put together an x-ray guide with nearly 20 resources to get you up-to-speed on this important topic.

Our mission is to design and manufacture the world’s best x-ray security scanners. And this x-ray guide is tailored to those goals. But this resource also includes other x-ray uses, including how NASA uses the tool to study outer space. Read on, explore the amazing world of x-rays, and contact us whenever you need to purchase an x-ray unit.

HOW X-RAYS WORK

  • X-ray (Wikipedia): Covers range of topics including the nature, production and uses of x-rays, and units of measure and exposure.
  • Radiography (Wikipedia): Focuses on medical x-rays for seeing into the human body.
  • What are x-rays? (LiveScience): Explains how x-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation (EM) and shows where they fall on the EM spectrum.
  • How x-rays see through your skin (YouTube): 5-minute video explaining x-ray scanner mechanics.

X-RAY HISTORY

  • Critical moments in x-ray history You Need To Know (Astrophysics, Inc.): Our handy x-ray history timeline.
  • History of radiography (NDT Resource Center): Detailed x-ray history and an excellent resource for further reading.
  • History of x-rays (YouTube): 24-minute video about x-ray uses in medicine.
  • X-rays And Space (NASA): Overview of how scientists use x-rays to study space.

X-RAY SCREENING USES

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

RADIATION

  • Radiation dose chart (xkcd): Handy chart showing how much radiation a person absorbs from different sources.
  • How dangerous are x-rays? (YouTube): 4-minute video explaining how safe x-rays are and whether you should worry about side effects.
  • Is radiation dangerous? (YouTube): 5-minute video explaining how common radiation is and whether it’s actually dangerous.

FOR FUN

 Do you have a favorite website or video we forgot to include in the x-ray guide? Tweet us @AstrophysicsInc – we might even add it to this page!

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