Eye-opening day of x-rays for Durrington students

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HIGH school students turned radiographers for the day to mark the 116th anniversary of x-rays.

The pupils, from Durrington High School, in The Boulevard, visited BMI Goring Hall Hospital last month on World Radiography Day.

While there, the science students spent time in the radiology department and learnt about the important role radiographers play in modern medicine.

Community and enterprise manager at the Durrington school, Karen Purser, said: “This has been an eye-opening experience for the students to learn about a career they may not have thought about. It was good for them to go into the work place and see the team at BMI Goring Hall Hospital in action. I know this kind of learning and work place experience brings a new perspective for the students as they look to decide on their chosen careers.”

Each year, on the anniversary of Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of x-rays, diagnostic and therapy radiographers across the UK hold events to commemorate his work in what is collectively referred to as World Radiography Day. It is also hoped the day helps raise awareness of the work radiographers do.

The first x-ray images were captured in 1895, after a series of studies by several mathematicians and physicists beforehand prompted Wilhelm Roentgen to begin investigating x-rays as part of his own experimentation with vacuum tubes.

Roentgen detected a certain wavelength of electromagnetic radiation, realising the rays allowed the observer to “see” into and through objects. Using his wife, Roentgen captured images of her hand which clearly displayed the structure of her bones.

BMI Goring Hall Hospital’s radiology manager, Wayne Hoban, said: “The day was a great chance for us to meet potential radiographers of the future.

“I hope the day proved both educational and fun and gave the students an insight into what could be a very rewarding career.”