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Calling all x-ray experts by finnguy on 20 June 2005 7:19pm
 
Bit of a weird topic, but here goes anyway...

Does anyone know anything about x-rays?

My daughter fell and injured her teeth a few weeks ago. While she didn't have any pain and the teeth have now 'tightened up' we still need to keep an eye on them in case infection sets in.

As we travel to Ireland at the end of this week the dentist gave us the x-ray of her teeth to take with us, lest we need to seek further dental treatment while there.

So, I'm wondering, can an x-ray be passed through an airport x-ray machine? I'm worried that it might wipe the picture or something. Maybe it's just easier to ask the security guards to examine it by hand and pass it through without x-raying it.

Any ideas?

Thanks, Finnguy

P.S. Wonder what you see when you x-ray an x-ray...
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by Spursfan on 20 June 2005 8:23pm
 
Mmmm, that's a toughie!

Perhaps you could contact the airline you're flying with, or the airport?

They should be able to help you.

Anne
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by CheekyTraveller on 20 June 2005 9:06pm
 
Yes you can - an x-ray image is just like a photograph printed on plastic - a bit like a negative really. As the image has already been developed x-rays wont damage it
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by Ken Dunn on 20 June 2005 10:56pm
 
CheekyTraveller is spot on. Once the photographic plate is developed it is safe from damage by X-rays.
Even photographic film which has not been processed is safe as they are generally packaged in metal foil and/or metal canisters. X-rays cannot penetrate metal.
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by finnguy on 21 June 2005 9:58am
 
Thanks for the advice, guys.

It seems to make sense.

And if you're wrong and the x-ray is wiped then I'll see you in court! :P
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by canaveralgumby on 21 June 2005 8:17pm
 
The reason x-ray sometimes (as Ken said, not always) messes up UNdeveloped film is:

X-rays are light waves, part of the spectrum we can't see, nonetheless x-ray light waves can effect film. When you take a pic, the film is "exposed" - the chemicals on the film react to all the spectra of light to which they are exposed when the shutter opens.

X-rays can get throught the camera/cannister and "expose" the undeveloped film even more, causing your photos to be overexposed. The normal colors can get washed out and everything might come out looking muddy and grainy.

When traveling, one might want to have film developed before going back through security. I wouldn't chance my pics being ruined. You don't have to get the prints made til you get home.

SO! since the x-ray photos of your daughter's teeth are already chemically developed, the film is not effected by further exposure.

However, if you x-ray an x-ray, you will open a rift in the space-time continuum, opening a hole to a parallel universe wherein we all have goatees and are evil.

Okay, not really, but I do hope your daughter is feeling better, poor thing!
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by finnguy on 22 June 2005 10:02am
 
"If you x-ray an x-ray, you will open a rift in the space-time continuum, opening a hole to a parallel universe wherein we all have goatees and are evil."

Yep, that's just what I feared.

My daughter's fine now, thanks for asking, Cori. It seemed for a while that the two upper front teeth would have to be removed and we were concerned that she would have a big gap until her adult teeth come through (she's 3 now). But things are looking much better now, thankfully.
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by intrepid on 22 June 2005 11:28am
 
And don't worry about other kids making fun of her goatee, either.
Sorry.
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by Ahren on 22 June 2005 9:02pm
 
Well they wouldn't if we all had one
 
Re: Calling all x-ray experts by canaveralgumby on 22 June 2005 9:49pm
 
"If God had wanted everybody to be the same, he would have given us all leg braces." - Forrest Gump's Mom
 



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