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Radiography is a term used to describe a variety of techniques used to visualize the internal body using x-ray techniques FDA Radiography These techniques include but are not limited to x-rays computed tomography CT scans and fluoroscopies These techniques are used to create and record static imagery of the internal body for medical and identification purposes I will be focusing solely on x-rays and how they can aid in reaching a positive identification of an unknown body post mortem To begin I will give some history of x-rays and how they were created and used Then I will discuss information within an x-ray that could be used to make a positive identification Finally I will provide examples of cases that resulted in a positive identification due to x-ray comparisonWilhelm Roentgen of Wuerzburg University in Germany discovered a new kind of ray subsequently named the x-ray in 1895 History of Radiography Nov 14 He made his discovery inadvertently while working with a cathode-ray tube in his lab Roentgen soon discovered that that this new type of ray could pass through things such as paper and skin but not bone or metal The first x-ray ever performed was actually on a box full of weights so that Roentgen could show his friends History of Radiography Nov 14 Another of his early x-rays was of his wifes hand shown below httpcommonswikimediaorg Within months of Roentgens discovery medical institutions around the world had created radiographs for medical purposes many used them to assist in surgeries History of Radiography Nov 14 Not long after hospital use began x-rays began to be used on the battlefield to find the location of bullets and shrapnel in wounded soldiers It did not take long for people to realize that radiographs could be used for identification purposes By 1896 it was suggested by Bordas that x-rays could be utilized for identification
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