Seeing it throughBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.695 (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:695
- Carl Elliott
The strange, slightly loopy grip that x rays exert on the modern imagination goes beyond the medical realm. American shoe stores in the '50s used x ray machines to measure customers' feet. Beauty parlours used them to remove women's facial hair. They were a staple of comic books and bad science fiction films; Superman had x ray vision. Schizophrenics have delusions about x rays, often involving aliens or the CIA. The ability to see through surfaces with x rays is mysterious and eerily intriguing, yet radiography has now been around long enough to seem almost old fashioned.