On Site X-Ray
X-ray imaging plays an important role at Pearson Family Chiropractic, as it provides immediate insight into the condition of the musculoskeletal system. Using x-rays, Dr. Pearson can pinpoint the source of a patient’s pain, examine the aspects of an injury, and identify underlying problems requiring treatment. We can also rule out serious health issues before recommending a course of treatment. An x-ray can uncover a wide range of conditions, including broken bones, dislocated joints, and vertebral fractures. Whether you slip and fall at work or suffer extensive injuries in a car accident, a quick x-ray can help us assess your condition and establish your path to recovery.
History of X-rays: X-rays were first observed and documented in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a German scientist who found them quite by accident when experimenting with vacuum tubes. A week later, he took an X-ray photograph of his wife's hand which clearly revealed her wedding ring and her bones. The photograph electrified the general public and aroused great scientific interest in the new form of radiation. Roentgen called it "X" to indicate it was an unknown type of radiation, and the name stuck despite his colleagues suggesting they be called Roentgen rays.
Roentgen discovered that as the wavelengths of light decrease, they increase in energy; X-rays have smaller wavelength and therefore higher energy than ultraviolet waves. We usually talk about X-rays in terms of their energy rather than wavelength. This is partially because X-rays have very small wavelengths, and also because X-ray light tends to act more like a particle than a wave. X-ray detectors collect actual photons of X-ray light - which is very different from the radio telescopes that have large dishes designed to focus radio waves.