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  • Approval: This course is approved by ASRT - an approved continuing education provider of ARRT.
  • Release Date: 2/26/2019
  • Expiration Date: 3/1/2022
  • Credit Hours: 0.75 Credits
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course DescriptionThe now familiar hazards of ionizing radiation had a long path to becoming publicly recognized and to the systems developed that are currently in place to manage them. X-rays have become such a routine part of everyday life that few of us consider the path this "amazing invisible light" has taken since its origin. How were physicians and operators in the early development of this exciting technology expected to react to a discovery that could be duplicated easily by almost anyone with a basic understanding of electrical engineering? What's more, entrepreneurs of that era routinely used the x-ray for nonmedical applications. This article discusses the timeline of the x-ray, from early discovery and use/misuse, to it's clinical application today in careful, monitored procedures. We will begin with a historical account of the early years following the discovery of the x-ray as well as nonmedical applications of this wondrous discovery leading up a period of "x-ray frenzy." We then review the safety practices, protocols, and guidelines for limiting radiation exposure to patients and operators, in place today, and which were developed as our understanding of the many inherent dangers of the misuse of this technology has evolved. 

    Learning Objectives

    After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

    • Explain the history and evolution of x-rays as well as early mistakes made in the transition to this technology being applied as a diagnostic medical tool.
    • Describe the time period in which x-rays were used as an advertisement and marketing tool.
    • Identify the nonmedical and other misuses of x-rays in the past and the transition to more prudent radiation safety practices.
    • Understand current terminology involved in measuring radiation dose, and dose thresholds for various procedures.
    • Apply current governing bodies' guidelines for radiation safety to everyday practice.

    Categories: X-ray/Radiography/Fluoroscopy, Professional Development/Patient Care Quality, Radiation Safety/Protection

  • CE Information:

    CE Information
    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the “Take CE Test!” link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must answer 4 out of 6 questions correctly to receive the CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 0.75 ARRT Category A credits.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    Approved by the state of Florida for ARRT Category A credit.

    Texas indirect credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same biennium.

     


Alternative Use of X-rays in the Past (“X-ray Frenzy”) and How Far We've Come

George Tsoukatos, BPS, RT(R)*

*Medical Imaging Consultant, Radiology Support Services, Germantown, NY

 

Address correspondence to: George Tsoukatos, BPS, RT(R), Radiology Support Services, PO Box 215, Germantown, NY 12526. Email: radiologytechnique@gmail.com.

Disclosure statement: The author reports having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

This paper is dedicated to the memory of the heroic pioneers in radiography who gave life and limb in order for future generations to have a safe and successful application of X-rays in medicine. Their sacrifice and deeds is immortal.

 

ABSTRACT

The now familiar hazards of ionizing radiation had a long path to becoming publicly recognized and to the systems developed that are currently in place to manage them. X-rays have become such a routine part of everyday life that few of us consider the path this "amazing invisible light" has taken since its origin. How were physicians and operators in the early development of this exciting technology expected to react to a discovery that could be duplicated easily by almost anyone with a basic understanding of electrical engineering? What's more, entrepreneurs of that era routinely used the x-ray for nonmedical applications. This article discusses the timeline of the x-ray, from early discovery and use/misuse, to it's clinical application today in careful, monitored procedures. We will begin with a historical account of the early years following the discovery of the x-ray as well as nonmedical applications of this wondrous discovery leading up a period of "x-ray frenzy." We then review the safety practices, protocols, and guidelines for limiting radiation exposure to patients and operators, in place today, and which were developed as our understanding of the many inherent dangers of the misuse of this technology has evolved. 

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