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Old 10-09-2004, 06:31 PM   #1
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Dangers of x-rays

Dangers of X-Rays



X Rays are not the harmless, miraculous health "helps" we used to
think they were. Instead, X Rays are something many people will want to
avoid unless absolutely necessary.

X Rays are not the best diagnostic tool for all things.
How much radiation does a person receive in an average dental X Ray?

Here's a comparison, measured in millirems; the standard measure of
radiation absorption by human cells:


IN MILLIREMS
Flight from Los Angeles to Paris (cosmic rays)
4.8 Millirems.

Chest X Ray (l film)
22.0 Millirems.

Contamination 1/2 mile from Three Mile Island
during nuclear accident
83.0 Millirems.

Apollo X astronauts on moon flight (cosmic rays)
480.0 Millirems.

Dental X-ray (whole mouth)
910.0 Millirems.

On-site dose at Three Mile Island accident
1100.0 Millirems.

Breast mammography (1 film)
1500.0 Millirems.

Current N.A.S. yearly occupational
exposure accumulative limit is
5000.0 Millirems.

It becomes questionable whether each visit to a docter/dentist
should be
almost the equivalent of visiting a nuclear power plant during an
"accident," or if it should "use up" almost one-fifth of what the
N.A.S.
considers a yearly maximum for folks working around radiation.



Danger of X-Ray
by Karl Loren

Clarence Dally (1865-1904), assistant to industrialist Thomas Alva
Edison. The first recognized American X ray fatality.

Soon after the discovery of X rays in 1895, both men repeatedly
exposed
themselves to x rays in popular demonstrations and investigations of
the exotic new imaging technology. Mr. Dally tested his X ray
equipment on his own hands.

X ray "burns" on his hands turned cancerous. The cancer spread
throughout his body and was ultimately fatal despite many efforts to
cut out or otherwise treat the disease.




The discovery of x radiation blew everybody's mind; it was totally
unexpected. Thomas Edison jumped right in and tried to exploit this
unprecedented power to see inside solid bodies. He underestimated
his
ignorance, fatally. Of course, no one knew what effects the new rays
could have on the human body. Fortunately for Edison, his blunder
only caused him permanent persistent discomfort.


His main x-ray technician, Clarence Dally, who worked closely and
consistently with the newly devised apparatii, was not so lucky. As
we
know now, you can absorb a large amount of X rays without any
immediately visible signs. If the dose is spread out over a long
enough period (say over days or weeks rather than minutes or
seconds) you could
conceivably take enough to kill you without feeling it . Eventually,
like so many other unwitting "pioneers" who spent their lives on the
new and magical X rays, Dally noticed what's euphemistically known
as X ray "burn" . By the time the burns showed up the damage was
already potentially fatal in the years to come. Dally didn't stop even as
his condition grew worse. He even kept working at the infernal
machine when
he knew his hands were cancerous. I won't go into the gruesome
details, but he wouldn't stop and neither did the cancer.




OTHERS' STORIES:

RADIOLOGY, THE FIRST YEARS---Paul Goodman:
"The ultimate danger of x-ray exposure was ... dramatically brought
to light by the deaths of many early radiologic pioneers. Clarence
Dally, Edison's chief assistant, was the first U.S. Roentgen ray
fatality. Mr.Dally's intimate work with various aspects of x-ray tube production
had led to numerous instances of radiation 'burn'. Yet with time off
these lesions of the face, fingers, and hands would subside and he would
return to the West Orange, New Jersey laboratory.

By 1902 the 'burns' were refractory to treatment; ulceration and pain became
worse; skin grafts failed; and carcinoma was noted at the base of one of the skin lesions.

Subsequent operations included amputations of both arms, but
mediastinal involvement led to Mr. Dally's death in 1904. Edison was
devastated and halted x-ray investigations at his facilities."


The Terrible Power Of The Rays:

" It was not until the death of Clarence Dally (1865-1904), Edison's
assistant in the manufacture of X-ray apparatus, and the
documentation of his struggle with burns, serial amputations, and
extensive lymph node
involvement, that medical observers took seriously the notion that
the rays could prove fatal.

Even then it was difficult to believe in a direct carcinogenic effect from X rays."


Figures in Radiation History: Thomas Alva Edison
"During the course of these investigations, Clarence Dally, one of
Edison's most dependable assistants, developed a degenerative skin
disorder which progressed into a carcinoma.

In 1904, Dally succumbed to his injuries - the first radiation related death in the United States. Immediately, Edison halted all his X-ray research
noting 'the X rays had affected poisonously my assistant, Mr. Dally...' "


Diagnostic imaging: Finding new ways to see; seeing new ways to cure
VOL 102 / NO 6 / DECEMBER 1997 / POSTGRADUATE MEDICINE

"Edison abandoned the new field of radiology quickly, however, when
he recognized the risks involved. His assistant, Clarence Dally,
beganhaving health problems shortly after first experimenting with x-
rays.

Eventually Dally lost both arms to malignant ulceration. He died a
painful and horrible death in 1904 and is remembered as the first
martyr to radiation.

Edison was haunted by Dally's death and adamantly
refused to be x-rayed throughout the rest of his 84-year life."

http://www.karlloren.com/ultrasound/p52.htm

From Books:
"Mr. Edison's injuries are interesting. His left eye is out of
focus, his digestion is upset, and lumps have formed all through the region of his stomach."
-Journal of American Medical Association 41(22 August 1903): 499-
500.
Quoted by Lisa Cartwright in Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine's
Visual Culture (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press,1995):109.
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