The First X-Ray Photograph

Today we’re winding the clock back, all the way back to 1895.

That’s right: December 1895, when Wilhelm Röntgen revealed the bones of his wife’s hand in the first X-ray photograph.


Luckily, x-rays have come pretty far in the past hundred plus years. At the time, Röntgen’s wife Anna Bertha Ludwig reportedly exclaimed, “I have seen my death” after seeing the x-ray photo with her wedding ring hovering over her knuckles.

That ability to see within the body without surgery radically improved the life-saving capabilities of medicine in the 20th century. Röntgen went on to receive the Nobel Prize in 1901.

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