In 1895, German physics professor Wilhelm Röntgen produced and discovered X-rays while experimenting with Lenard tubes and Crookes tubes and began studying them. In his initial report, the first paper written on X-rays, Röntgen referred to the radiation as "X", to indicate that it was an unknown type of radiation.

The name stuck, although many of his colleagues suggested calling them Röntgen rays (over his great objections). Interestingly, they are still referred to as such in many languages. In 1901, Röntgen received the first Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery.

Today, X-rays are essential in various sectors such as health care and transportation security. People even use them to detect art forgeries!

To show you just how deeply they have penetrated our lives, Bored Panda put together a list of some of the most interesting X-ray images we could find on the Internet. From an Egyptian sarcophagus to a metal arm, let's take a closer look, shall we?

#1

Roommate Is A Radiology Major And Today They X-Rayed Flowers. Thought You Guys Might Enjoy

Roommate Is A Radiology Major And Today They X-Rayed Flowers. Thought You Guys Might Enjoy

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Tee
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2 months ago

It's actually quite beautiful 😍

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X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to visible light. But X-rays have higher energy than light and can pass through most objects, including the body. Medical X-rays are used to generate images of tissues and structures inside the body. If X-rays traveling through the body also pass through an x-ray detector on the other side of the patient, an image will be formed that represents the “shadows” formed by the objects inside the body.

#2

5-Day Progression Of Covid Pneumonia

5-Day Progression Of Covid Pneumonia

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Shelli Aderman
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2 months ago

Oh my gosh!

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General practitioner, medical researcher, and founder of PrimeHealth Clinical Research, Iris Gorfinkel, M.D., told Bored Panda that probably the most common X-ray of all is the chest X-ray, simply because it's often done when people are coughing, especially longer than a couple of weeks. "Other common X-rays that are fairly routine are mammography (looking for breast cancer in women) and CAT scans (we'll do CAT scans of the chest, the abdomen, and that's often to look for various cancers as well)."

#3

X-Ray Of A Pregnant Dog

X-Ray Of A Pregnant Dog

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Shelp
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2 months ago

Quite creepy!

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#4

The Radiology Waiting Room In Local Hospital Has The Usual Naff Floral Decor, Except... They’re X-Rays

The Radiology Waiting Room In Local Hospital Has The Usual Naff Floral Decor, Except... They’re X-Rays

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

These are so cool.

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Even though X-rays have saved countless lives and helped in a range of important discoveries, scientists have shown concern over the health implications of getting one. "No radiation is considered particularly healthy because ionizing radiation can interfere with the way cells divide and cause normal cells to become cancerous cells," Gorfinkel explained. "But the reality of the amount of radiation with various studies is that it's actually very low, and does not tend to do that unless they are constantly repeated."

#5

X-Ray Of A Kiwi Bird With Its Egg

X-Ray Of A Kiwi Bird With Its Egg

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Eek, where are the birds organs lol?

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#6

X-Ray Of A Stingray

X-Ray Of A Stingray

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Wow, that is actually pretty cool.

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Experts estimate that 0.4 percent of cancers in the U.S. are caused by CT scans and that an average CT scan might raise the chance of fatal cancer by 1 in 2,000. However, this figure pales in comparison to the natural incidence of fatal cancer in the US of 1 in 5. 

"For the most part, for the vast majority of people getting X-rays, that's not a concern," Gorfinkel said. In other words, the risks are very little compared to the benefits of medical imaging.

#7

X-Ray Of A Hammerhead Shark

X-Ray Of A Hammerhead Shark

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Chyppa Homer
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2 months ago

At first glance I thought it was a kaiju

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#8

I Have A Rare Disorder Called Cleidocranial Dysotosis. Got My First Dental X-Ray Today And I Have A Lot Of Extra Teeth

I Have A Rare Disorder Called Cleidocranial Dysotosis. Got My First Dental X-Ray Today And I Have A Lot Of Extra Teeth

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Tiari
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2 months ago (edited)

This look unsettling...

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#9

An X-Ray Of An Egyptian Sarcophagus Revealed A Kitten Inside

An X-Ray Of An Egyptian Sarcophagus Revealed A Kitten Inside

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Pharao-kitten!

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To give you some context, the Earth is constantly bombarded by cosmic radiation, including X-rays. These rays are not harmless but they are unavoidable, and the radiation is at such low levels that its effects are virtually unnoticed. "There was always an ambient amount of radiation, in other words, just walking around on planet Earth, we have exposure," Gorfinkel said.

#10

X-Ray Scans Of A Painting Of The Young Charles II Of Spain Reveal That The Artist Painted Over An Earlier Painting When Charles Was A Few Years Younger

X-Ray Scans Of A Painting Of The Young Charles II Of Spain Reveal That The Artist Painted Over An Earlier Painting When Charles Was A Few Years Younger

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Wolfik
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2 months ago

That's something surprising.

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#11

Daughter Demanded Peppa Pig Get X-Ray With Her

Daughter Demanded Peppa Pig Get X-Ray With Her

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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2 months ago

That's really cute. And kudos to the person who let her.

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#12

X-Rays Of Children's' Mouths Between The Ages Of 6-12 Years Still Hold Wonder For Me, Even After Being A Dentist For 10+ Years

X-Rays Of Children's' Mouths Between The Ages Of 6-12 Years Still Hold Wonder For Me, Even After Being A Dentist For 10+ Years

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Coleonema
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2 months ago

Pennywise

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A chest X-ray is equivalent to a just few days of the amount of natural background radiation and a mammogram is three months worth. But a CAT scan of the abdomen, for example, is worth years of natural background radiation. Gorfinkel said it's important for people to realize that CAT scans, in general, are much higher in radiation than X-rays.

#13

Advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis

Advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

It hurts to look at that!

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#14

My Wife's A Ballerina, This Is Her X-Ray While En Pointe

My Wife's A Ballerina, This Is Her X-Ray While En Pointe

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

My feet hurt just looking at that.

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#15

Scoliosis Surgery, Before And After

Scoliosis Surgery, Before And After

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Can’t imagine how painful and uncomfortable it would be to suffer such significant scoliosis.

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"I view them as invasive tests, even though people don't feel anything going on. Considering that a CAT scan of the chest or a CAT scan of the abdomen is equivalent to three years of natural background radiation, they should be done with careful thought—they shouldn't be just done willy nilly."

#16

X-Ray Of A Seahorse

X-Ray Of A Seahorse

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Barbel
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2 months ago

Oh my, it's skin and bones

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#17

Pregnant Cat X-Ray

Pregnant Cat X-Ray

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Kitties!! ^.^

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#18

A Nice Clear X-Ray Showing My RNS Device, The Leads That Run To The Point Where My Seizures Originate

A Nice Clear X-Ray Showing My RNS Device, The Leads That Run To The Point Where My Seizures Originate

And also the brackets holding my skull together after my craniotomy (and the staples holding my scalp together).

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Francis
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2 months ago

This is fascinating

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#19

When You Accidentally X-Ray Anubis. Dog Moved At Just The Right Time During An X-Ray

When You Accidentally X-Ray Anubis. Dog Moved At Just The Right Time During An X-Ray

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banana man
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2 months ago

scared me

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#20

X-Ray Of A Foot In Stilettos

X-Ray Of A Foot In Stilettos

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Anon Yymi
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2 months ago

That doesn't look healthy

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#21

Well, That Sucks A Lot

Well, That Sucks A Lot

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Alessandro Morgan
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2 months ago

Nope

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#22

Snake Has A Kidney Tumor. Wanted To Share His X-Ray. Wish Him Luck In Surgery

Snake Has A Kidney Tumor. Wanted To Share His X-Ray. Wish Him Luck In Surgery

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Good luck on your surgery.

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#23

Backscatter X-Ray Identifying Contraband In A Truck. An Operator Noticed Anomalies In The Right-Side Z Backscatter View, And Flagged This Vehicle For Further Inspection

Backscatter X-Ray Identifying Contraband In A Truck. An Operator Noticed Anomalies In The Right-Side Z Backscatter View, And Flagged This Vehicle For Further Inspection

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Aski Markup
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2 months ago

Is it just the large blocks that are the contraband? So if they had been small they would have blended in?

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#24

This Is An X-Ray Of The Device Doctors Put In My Dad's Neck, Containing Undeveloped Bone Cells And Stem Cells To Regrow Parts Of His Spine. Science

This Is An X-Ray Of The Device Doctors Put In My Dad's Neck, Containing Undeveloped Bone Cells And Stem Cells To Regrow Parts Of His Spine. Science

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Shelp
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2 months ago

Good old screws are still working for top modern science, I see!

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#25

I Got A Panoramic X-Ray Of My Teeth The Other Day. The Dentist Forgot To Have Me Remove My Glasses

I Got A Panoramic X-Ray Of My Teeth The Other Day. The Dentist Forgot To Have Me Remove My Glasses

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Konpat
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2 months ago

Your teeth are flawless

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#26

X-Ray Of A Flamingo

X-Ray Of A Flamingo

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Kinga Złotkowska
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2 months ago

Looks like a mechanical device.

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#27

X-Ray Of A Cat With Scoliosis, Causing Her To Be Round

X-Ray Of A Cat With Scoliosis, Causing Her To Be Round

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Awww, poor kitty cat.

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#28

Girl Was Nervous The X-Ray Machine Would Hurt So I Took A Quick Shot Of Her Stuffed Fox To Show It Was Fine

Girl Was Nervous The X-Ray Machine Would Hurt So I Took A Quick Shot Of Her Stuffed Fox To Show It Was Fine

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Tiny Dynamine
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2 months ago

I think it was in desperate need of doing its business!

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#29

Miss Correct Posture, 1956. At A Chiropractic Convention In Chicago, The Contest Winners Were Picked For The Beauty Of Their X-Rays And Their Standing Posture

Miss Correct Posture, 1956. At A Chiropractic Convention In Chicago, The Contest Winners Were Picked For The Beauty Of Their X-Rays And Their Standing Posture

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miss miss
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2 months ago

😖

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#30

X-Ray Of My Metal Arm

X-Ray Of My Metal Arm

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Katie Lutesinger
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2 months ago

COOL!

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#31

I Took An X-Ray Today And They Told Me That My Wisdom Teeth Are Pretty Strange

I Took An X-Ray Today And They Told Me That My Wisdom Teeth Are Pretty Strange

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Kuroka
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2 months ago

oh my

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#32

A Man In China Had A Steel Spoon Lodged In His Esophagus For A Year, But Surprisingly, The Half-Swallowed Utensil Didn’t Cause Too Much Discomfort

A Man In China Had A Steel Spoon Lodged In His Esophagus For A Year, But Surprisingly, The Half-Swallowed Utensil Didn’t Cause Too Much Discomfort

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Neva Nevičica
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2 months ago

How?!

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#33

I Took This X-Ray On A Covid+ Patient Hours After My Friend Tried To Tell Me Covid Isn't That Bad

I Took This X-Ray On A Covid+ Patient Hours After My Friend Tried To Tell Me Covid Isn't That Bad

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Shelli Aderman
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2 months ago

Wow!

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#34

A Tiger's Paw

A Tiger's Paw

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Little Zoologist
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2 months ago

Big beans /ᐠ。ꞈ。ᐟ\

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#35

Gravid Ball Python X-Ray

Gravid Ball Python X-Ray

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Little Zoologist
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2 months ago

Snek is gonna be a mommy °v°

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#36

I Dislocated My Jaw... While Eating Cereal

I Dislocated My Jaw... While Eating Cereal

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kjorn
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2 months ago

-sorry boss i can't come to work today i dislocated my jaw while eating cereal. -WTF?

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#37

Nikola Tesla's Foot In A Shoe, By Himself. Tesla Obtained The Image In 1896 With X-Rays Generated By His Own Vacuum Tube, Similar To Lenard’s Tube, At A Distance Of 8 Feet

Nikola Tesla's Foot In A Shoe, By Himself. Tesla Obtained The Image In 1896 With X-Rays Generated By His Own Vacuum Tube, Similar To Lenard’s Tube, At A Distance Of 8 Feet

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Petra Christovová
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2 months ago

I imagine how huge sensation x-ray must have been at that time.

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#38

This Guy Had Two Nails From A Nail Gun Hit His Leg, And They Both Missed His Femur And His Kneecap

This Guy Had Two Nails From A Nail Gun Hit His Leg, And They Both Missed His Femur And His Kneecap

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로희
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2 months ago

Ouch!

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#39

An X-Ray Of My Cat's Intestines, Kinda Looks Like Santa In A Sleigh

An X-Ray Of My Cat's Intestines, Kinda Looks Like Santa In A Sleigh

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miss miss
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2 months ago

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Nope

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#40

Pre-Flight X-Ray Image Of Neil Armstrong's Moon Boots Taken On July 7, 1969

Pre-Flight X-Ray Image Of Neil Armstrong's Moon Boots Taken On July 7, 1969

NASA x-rayed everything the astronauts wore in order to verify that there were no sharp objects embedded in the cloth that could puncture the pressure suit

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grey galah
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2 months ago

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why?

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#41

An X-Ray Of A Ghost Bat

An X-Ray Of A Ghost Bat

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Dana
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2 months ago

Since bat wings are just skin stretched between elongated finger bones, bats fly through the power of jazz hands

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#42

Just Received My X-Rays From Saturday’s Debacle. They Had To Cut My Ring Off Before Returning My Bones To Their Full Upright And Locked Position

Just Received My X-Rays From Saturday’s Debacle. They Had To Cut My Ring Off Before Returning My Bones To Their Full Upright And Locked Position

My fingers are still sore/stiff/swollen but mostly functional

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Petra Christovová
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2 months ago

That hurts just by looking at it.

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#43

Cheese!

Cheese!

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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2 months ago

:D

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#44

X-Ray Of A LED Bulb From Philips

X-Ray Of A LED Bulb From Philips

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Matheus Oliveira
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2 months ago

Isn't the screw made of metal? I'm impressed! O.O

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#45

Chest X-Ray Of Attempted Suicide By Injecting Elemental Mercury (Quicksilver) Intravenously

Chest X-Ray Of Attempted Suicide By Injecting Elemental Mercury (Quicksilver) Intravenously

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Aski Markup
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2 months ago

😔

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#46

I Love How Sinister These Cute, Innocent Dolls Look Under X-Ray. It Shows Their True Colours

I Love How Sinister These Cute, Innocent Dolls Look Under X-Ray. It Shows Their True Colours

This peek-a-boo doll shrieks that over and over again even with just one squeeze. It also covers its eyes. If only it would cover my ears

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Innocent, hahahaha, don’t make me laugh. Lol

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#47

X-Ray Of A Plant As A Decoration At My Local Hospital

X-Ray Of A Plant As A Decoration At My Local Hospital

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Wolfik
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2 months ago

Creative and funny. But I don't think it's pretty. ;)

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#48

Ineffective Gold Thread Acupuncture Treatment For Osteoarthritis Of The Left Knee

Ineffective Gold Thread Acupuncture Treatment For Osteoarthritis Of The Left Knee

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Never heard of that kind of acupuncture before.

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#49

My Son Got Shot In The Face By A BB Gun Two Years Ago (Accidentally). Found The BB Today

My Son Got Shot In The Face By A BB Gun Two Years Ago (Accidentally). Found The BB Today

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Luther von Wolfen
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2 months ago (edited)

My stepdad had a BB in his forehead from when he was a kid. He could move it around under the skin.

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#50

X-Ray Techs Were Amazed At My Cervical Spine Imaging Given Extreme Hyper Mobility

X-Ray Techs Were Amazed At My Cervical Spine Imaging Given Extreme Hyper Mobility

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Dana
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2 months ago

Reminds me of that shower advertisement of the girl with her neck in that position

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