In the area of medicine, X-rays are used for both diagnosis and treatment. For example, in order to track down bone fractures and for treating malignant cells with radiation.
X-rays are used, for example, for:
- X-ray scans
X-rays can be harmful, but only if one is exposed to them by accident. For patients, the slight risk is significantly outweighed by the major benefits of the fast and accurate diagnosis and therapy.
Yet, it is essential, particularly for the staff, to prevent unnecessary exposure. For this purpose, aprons, doors and walls equipped with lead are used. The lead prevents that radiation can penetrate to the other side.