Introduction to X-ray Technology

Modern X-ray image of hands.
The probably most well-known early X-ray image shows the hand of Röntgen’s wife Bertha (see below). Today, hand images look like this (above).
Courtesy of Radiologie Praxis im Dürerhof, Bayreuth, Germany

2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the discovery of X-rays. In a monthly series, we look at their many applications – from a historical and current perspective. And we shed light on unusual procedures, the latest research projects, and future developments. The series starts with the introduction of the technology and its use.

Improving the Image

Today, radiologists must cater to the needs of patients, referring physicians, and their own staff. Read how modern X-ray technology succeeds on all three fronts.

One of Germany’s most brilliant inventions

From XXL CT to mobile scanners – X-ray technology offers exciting insights even beyond clinical practice. Seven stories to marvel at.

“Röntgen must have gone mad”

1895 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered X-rays. Read how his discovery changed physics and medicine.