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By the end of this section, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the uses and drawbacks of X-ray imaging
  • Identify four modern medical imaging techniques and how they are used

For thousands of years, fear of the dead and legal sanctions limited the ability of anatomists and physicians to study the internal structures of the human body. An inability to control bleeding, infection, and pain made surgeries infrequent, and those that were performed—such as wound suturing, amputations, tooth and tumor removals, skull drilling, and cesarean births—did not greatly advance knowledge about internal anatomy. Theories about the function of the body and about disease were therefore largely based on external observations and imagination. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, however, the detailed anatomical drawings of Italian artist and anatomist Leonardo da Vinci and Flemish anatomist Andreas Vesalius were published, and interest in human anatomy began to increase. Medical schools began to teach anatomy using human dissection; although some resorted to grave robbing to obtain corpses. Laws were eventually passed that enabled students to dissect the corpses of criminals and those who donated their bodies for research. Still, it was not until the late nineteenth century that medical researchers discovered non-surgical methods to look inside the living body.

X-rays

German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (1845–1923) was experimenting with electrical current when he discovered that a mysterious and invisible “ray” would pass through his flesh but leave an outline of his bones on a screen coated with a metal compound. In 1895, Röntgen made the first durable record of the internal parts of a living human: an “X-ray” image (as it came to be called) of his wife’s hand. Scientists around the world quickly began their own experiments with X-rays, and by 1900, X-rays were widely used to detect a variety of injuries and diseases. In 1901, Röntgen was awarded the first Nobel Prize for physics for his work in this field.

The X-ray    is a form of high energy electromagnetic radiation with a short wavelength capable of penetrating solids and ionizing gases. As they are used in medicine, X-rays are emitted from an X-ray machine and directed toward a specially treated metallic plate placed behind the patient’s body. The beam of radiation results in darkening of the X-ray plate. X-rays are slightly impeded by soft tissues, which show up as gray on the X-ray plate, whereas hard tissues, such as bone, largely block the rays, producing a light-toned “shadow.” Thus, X-rays are best used to visualize hard body structures such as teeth and bones ( [link] ). Like many forms of high energy radiation, however, X-rays are capable of damaging cells and initiating changes that can lead to cancer. This danger of excessive exposure to X-rays was not fully appreciated for many years after their widespread use.

X-ray of a hand

This photo shows an X ray image of the palmar surface of the left hand. The bones appear bright white against a gray outline of the skin of the hand. The four segments of the finger bones are clearly visible, as well as the collection of round bones that compose the wrist and connect the hand to the two bones of the forearm.
High energy electromagnetic radiation allows the internal structures of the body, such as bones, to be seen in X-rays like these. (credit: Trace Meek/flickr)

Questions & Answers

D bone in d ankle joint re what ?
Ifunanya Reply
can one define a cell as a basic unit of a living organism
Michael Reply
Which of the following hormones are responsible for the adolescent growth spurt? estrogen and testosterone, even in women?
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estrogen
Farhana
Estrogen!
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I went to learn anatomy of joints
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me 2
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define sling
adamu
To throw with a circular or arcing motion
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what is respiration
Osele Reply
what is respiration
Paul
Respiration is the process by which oxygen is taken in and carbon dioxide is given out.
Md
Respiration is the combination of inhalation and exhalation.
Khim
inhalation is the taking in air from environment to lung and exhalation is taking out sir from the lung to environment ..
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what is holistic
Kibrom Reply
Holistic means encompassing the whole of a thing, and not just the part. Holistic medicine looks at the whole person for answers, not just at physical symptoms. You might have heard of holistic medicine, which tries to treat someone as mind and body, instead of treating only the part of the patient
I want to learn one by one system like skeleton system... muscular system
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i want to learn this
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explain in details factors that affects bone development
Precious Reply
describe the process of bone healing
Precious
out line factors that delays bone healing
Precious
actually,for the bone formation they must be sufficient level of calcium,phosphorus and vitamin D in the body for it to happen smoothly.
lucky
the above mentioned substances are the ones able for the formation and repairing of bones.
lucky
explain in details factors that affects bone development
Precious
what are tissue
muki Reply
a lots of cells make tissue and a cell body is tissue
Rabab
cells come together to form a tissue and tissues come together to form an organ
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what is appendicular skeleton
OSE Reply
appendicular skeleton is upper limbs and lower limbs
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what is decompression sickness?
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It occurs in Scuba divers when they rise too quicky to the sea surface , their oxygen tanks have oxygen mixed with N2 gas which has a high solubility at sea level , when the diver rises the N2 gas bubbles out of plasma and this causes Air Ebolism
Siphiwesihle
if a single part if Nervous system doesn't function like synapse? what will occur
Lilian Reply
no transmission of impulses no respond cause mechanical damage
Komolika
what happens when calcium ion channel is blocked
Jachike
a MORAH /MORAH
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meaning?
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transmission of impure
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when calcium ion channels block . lightheadedness Low blood pressure. Slower heart rate. Drowsiness. Constipation. Swelling of feet ankles and legs. Increased appetite. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD
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please can someone help with ten functions of the following hormones 1.Gastrin 2. Adrenal sex hormone 3. Secretin 4. Follicle Stimulating Hormone 5. Glucagon 6. Progesterone
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4.produces the oetrogen and bursts open to release egg cells.
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5.regulates the level of glucose in the blood and it is secreted when glucose low in the blood.
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many layers that are covering the heart
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number and names of covering layers of the heart, 🙏
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