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  1. LC232 X-ray Physics & Principles Russell L. Wilson C.R.T.

  2. Week 1a Chapter1 Concepts of Radiologic Science

  3. Our Surroundings • Everything in the universe can be classified as matter or energy. • Matter is anything that occupies space and has a shape or form. • Matter has Mass. This is the quantity of matter.The physical properties can be transformed in size, shape and form.

  4. Energy • Energy is the ability to do work. Energy can exist in many forms. • Potential Energy is the ability to do work by virtue of position. • Kinetic energy is the energy of motion. It is possessed by all matter in motion.

  5. Energy • Chemical Energy is the energy released by way of a chemical reaction. • Electrical Energy represents the work that can be done when an electron or an electronic charge moves through an electronic potential.

  6. Energy • Thermal (heat) Energy is the energy of motion at the atom or molecule level. Thermal energy is measured by temperature. The faster the atoms or molecule are moving, the more thermal energy or heat will be produced.

  7. Energy • Nuclear Energy is the energy contained in the nucleus of the atom. • Electromagnetic Energy is the most important type of energy for radiology.It is the type of energy in an x-ray. In addition to x-ray, electromagnetic energy includes radio waves, microwaves and visible light.

  8. Energy • Like matter, energy can be transformed from one type to another. • Then taking an x-ray, we start with electrical energy that is transformed to electromagnetic energy. After the x-ray passes through matter, it is converted to chemical energy in the film.

  9. Mass-Energy Equivalence • Frequently matter and energy exist side by side. The interchangeability was theorized by Albert Einstein’s E=mc2. • The Mass-Energy Equivalence is the basis of nuclear power, nuclear medicine and the atom bomb.

  10. Radiation • Energy emitted and transferred through matter is called Radiation. • Like ripples or waves are generated when a stone is dropped into a still pond. • Visible light is a form of electromagnetic energy radiated from the sun.

  11. Radiation • Electromagnetic radiation is referred to as just radiation. • Matter that intercepts radiation and absorbs part or all of it is said to be exposed or irradiated. • During radiography, the patient is irradiated.

  12. Ionizing Radiation • Ionizing radiation is a special type of radiation that includes x-rays. It is any kind of radiation capable of removing an orbital electron from an atom with which it interacts.

  13. Ionizing Radiation • Ionizing radiation passes close enough the the atom with sufficient energy to remove an electron from the atom. The free orbiting electron and atom become Ion Pairs.

  14. Ionizing Radiation • X-ray and Gamma Rays are the only forms of electromagnetic energy with sufficient energy to ionize matter.

  15. Other forms of Ionizing Radiation. • Alpha and Beta Particles are capable of Ionization. These are fast moving particles of matter and Not electromagnetic radiation.

  16. Sources of Ionizing Radiation • Many forms or radiation are harmless but Ionizing radiation can injure humans. • Natural sources of radiation results in the annual exposure of about 300 mrad (3 mGy) • A mrad is 1/1000 of a rad. The Rad is the unit of radiation absorbed dose.

  17. Sources of Ionizing Radiation • Radon is the largest component of natural radiation. All earth-based materials such as concrete, wall board and bricks contain radon. It emits alpha particle and therefore contributes dose only to the lungs. • Naturally occurring radioactive materials contribute to natural exposure.

  18. Sources of Radiation Exposure

  19. Sources of Ionizing Radiation • Elevation from sea level will impact exposure to natural gamma exposure. • Flying cross country or living in the mountains will result in a higher level of background exposure. • During the era of above ground nuclear testing, everyone was exposed to 5 mrads/ year.

  20. Sources of Ionizing Radiation • During the Chernobyl Disaster, the populations near the plant received very high exposures. • In some areas of India, background radiation is over 500 mrads from uranium. • Medically employed x-rays constitute the largest source of man-made ionizing radiation.

  21. The Development of Radiology A brief history

  22. Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen, Ph. D • Born March 27, 1845 • Died February 10, 1923 • The father or modern radiography. • Won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901

  23. History • Like Chiropractic, X-ray was discovered in 1895. • One November 8, 1895, Dr. Wilhelm Roentgen in Germany was experimenting with a Crookes or cathode ray tube. • The room was dark and the tube was enclosed with black photographic paper.

  24. History • On a table next to the tube was a plate coated with barium platinocynide a fluorescent material. • Dr. Roentgen observed that when the Crookes tube was on, the fluorescent material luminated regardless of how far the plate was from the tube.

  25. History • He placed various materials between the tube and the plate. The X-light easily penetrated cardboard, books, wood and cloth. • He had more trouble penetrating metals with the densest being opaque.

  26. History • When he placed his hand near the plate, he discovered that skin was almost transparent while bone was fairly opaque. • In his experiments, he discovered many of the principles that we use today. • The discovery of X-ray was basically an accident.

  27. The X-Ray Tube Development • Dr. Roentgen used a Crookes-Hittorf tube to make the first x-ray image. • Note that there is no shielding around the tube.

  28. The first x-ray image • The first human radiograph was taken or Mrs. Roentgen. • It was a 15 minute exposure.

  29. The first x-ray image • For the first time, we were able to see inside the body without surgery. • Early x-rays were taken on glass photographic plates

  30. Early X-ray Machine • First U.S. x-ray exam on Feb. 3, 1896 was a wrist x-ray taken at Dartmouth College. • The maximum power was 50 kV or 50,000 volts and low mA.

  31. The Development of Modern Radiography • Coil and battery type x-ray machine used in the Spanish American War of 1898. • A series of batteries provided DC power to a coil. Operating cost $0.11 per hour

  32. The Development of Modern Radiography • Static type machine also used by the US Army during the Spanish American War. • A motor produced DC power for the x-ray tube.

  33. The X-Ray Tube Development • The Coolidge Hot cathode tube was a major advancement in tube Design. The radiator at the end of the anode cool the anode.

  34. The Development of Modern Radiography • This was the recommended design of an early x-ray room. • The operator had to watch the glow of the tube and adjust power during the exposure.

  35. The Development of Modern Radiography • Lead was placed between the tube and the operator. • A mirror was used to observe the patient and tube. • To test the machine, the operator x-rayed their forearm.

  36. The Development of Modern Radiography • If they could see a button through the radius, it was operating properly. • Another test was to see a watch through the patient’s skull with fluoroscopy.

  37. The Development of Modern Radiography • 1896 First medical applications of x-ray in diagnosis & therapy. • 1905 Einstein introduced his theory of relativity • 1907 Snook interrupterless transformer to make high voltage. The capabilities of the transformer exceeded the capacity of Crookes tubes.

  38. Development of Modern Radiography • 1913 Bohr theorizes his model of the atom. • 1913 The Crookes cathode ray tube was replaced by Coolidge hot cathode tube. • 1913 Dr. Gustave Bucky built the first grid. • 1918 Double emulsion film by Kodak. • 1920 Dr. Hollis Potter put a Grid in a moving cabinet to remove grid lines.

  39. Development of Modern Radiography • 1922 Compton describes scattering of x-rays • 1928 The roentgen is defined as the unit of measurement of x-ray intensity. • 1929 Rotating anode x-ray tube introduced. • 1930 Tomography is demonstrated by several investigators.

  40. The X-Ray Tube Development • This is the variety of tube designs available in 1948. • The Coolidge tube was still available.

  41. The X-Ray Tube Development • Two major hazards plagued early radiography. • Excessive radiation exposure • Electric Shock

  42. Development of Modern Radiography • 1942 Morgan exhibits the first electronic phototimer. • 1942 First automatic film processor • 1948 First fluoroscopic image intensifier. • 1953 Rad is officially adopted as the unit of absorbed dose.

  43. Development of Modern Radiography • 1956 First automatic roller transport film processor introduced by Kodak • 1963 Single photon emission computed tomography demonstrated. • 1965 Ninety second film processor introduced.

  44. Development of Modern Radiography • 1966 Diagnostic ultrasound enters routine use. • 1972 Rare earth radiographic intensifying screen are introduced. • 1973 Hounsfield completes development of the first computed tomography (CT) scanner (EMI)

  45. Development of Modern Radiography • 1973 Damadian and Lauterbur produce the first magnetic resonance image (MRI) • 1980 First superconductor MR imager introduced • 1981 The International System of Units (SI) is adopted by the ICRU • 1983 First tabular grain film emulsion

  46. Development of Modern Radiography • 1983 First tabular grain film emulsion ( Kodak) introduced. • 1984 Laser stimulable phosphors for direct digital radiographs appear.

  47. Reports of Injury • The first fatality from radiography occurred in 1904 when Clarence Daly died from complications from experiments in fluoroscopy. • Injuries were frequent in the early years in the form of: • Burns, loss of hair and anemia. • By 1910, the more powerful Coolidge tube and Snook transformer reduced the superficial tissue injuries.

  48. Reports of Injury • Years later blood disorders such as aplastic anemia and leukemia were developing in radiologists. • This resulted in the development of lead aprons and gloves. • Workers were routinely evaluated for signs of effects of radiation exposure and provided detection devices.

  49. Radiation Safety • The attention of radiation safety has been very effective. Today it is considered as a safe occupation. • Today the emphasis has shifted back to the patient. • The principle of radiation safety is called ALARA or As Low As Reasonably Achievable.

  50. Ten Commandments of Radiation Protection • Understand and apply the cardinal principles of radiation control: time, distance and shielding. • Do not allow familiarity to result in false security. • Never stand in the primary beam. • Always wear protective apparel when not behind a protective barrier.