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Heroes of Progress, Pt. 26: Wilhelm Rontgen

Introducing Wilhelm Röntgen. The German scientist was the first person to identify electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength that we today know as an “x-ray.” Today, x-ray machines are common at most medical facilities.  They are used for dozens of reasons, but the most common usage includes detection of broken and fractured bones, heart problems, breast cancer, scoliosis and tumours. The ability to accurately monitor the internal conditions of our bodies leads to better medical decisions. Every year, x-ray machines are used to help save the lives of millions of people.

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