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On Friday, November 8, 1895, a German physicist researcher Wilhelm Roentgen was pursuing his interest of fluorescent emanations from gases sealed in electrically-charged glass tubes at Wurzburg University. He noticed a glow from a composite barium coated screen near his work bench. He moved his hand near the glowing screen and was startled at what seemed to be shadows of moving bones. After weeks of further experimentation, Wilhelm Roentgen announced he had discovered "Eine neue arte von strahlen"-- a new kind of ray. As we know, this discovery revolutionized medicine at that time.

Pensacola Radiology Consultants has provided general x-ray services for the Pensacola community for the past 30 years. Radiography involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of radiation to produce an image of the internal organs or bones. When x-rays penetrate the body, they are absorbed in varying amounts by different parts of the anatomy. The ribs and spine, for example, absorb much of the radiation and appear white or light gray on the image. Lung tissue absorbs little radiation and appears dark on the image. Images may be acquired and stored on film or digitally. Stored images may be used to compare with later images if illness develops. Indeed, historical comparison films are often very important in the decision process as to whether a finding is clinically important or not.

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