Dental X-rays

C. Edmund Kells of New Orleans, LA, USA, a dentist and inventor, built the first X-ray machine in the United States in 1896, which was shortly after the discovery of radiography by the German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895. Kells was also had the first dental office to use electricity supplied from a power station, rather than by batteries. He was also the first make use of compressed air during dental treatment. Kells is also known for other inventions, including the dental and surgical suction pump, elevator brakes, the fire extinguisher, and many other devices he patented.

      C. Edmund Kells
      New Orleans, LA, USA

      Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen
      Professor of Physics
      Rector of the Julius Maximilian University of Wiirzburg
      Wiirzburg, Germany

Additional Information:

  • The history of dental radiography – ResearchGate
    Just two weeks after Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discavery presentation a first dental X-rays was preformed by German dentist from Brunswick – Friedrich otto von Walkhoff. in the first years after Roentgen’s discovery, the improvement of radiological testings has brought a lot of deaths to its pioneers.
  • A brief history of dental radiography. – NCBI
    The courage and determination of the early pioneers who persevered with experimentation with vacuum tubes over 100 years ago, led to the discovery of new rays by Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen; this was one of the greatest achievements in the field of medical science.
  • Teeth and Bones – A History of X-Rays – The Dental Center of Indiana
    An x-ray is a form of electromagnetic radiation and can produce an image of somethings internal composition, especially parts of the body.
  • History of Radiography – NDT Resource Center
    History. X-rays were discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) who was a Professor at Wuerzburg University in Germany. Working with a cathode-ray tube in his laboratory, Roentgen observed a fluorescent glow of crystals on a table near his tube.

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