x ray photography - how??

Started Jan 27, 2005 | Discussions
lukasz pawlak New Member • Posts: 20
x ray photography - how??

Hallo.

Question: what equipment is needed to take x-ray photos?

Best redards,

Lukasz.

Duncan C Veteran Member • Posts: 7,674
Re: x ray photography - how??

Do you mean photos of existing x-rays, or do you want to take original x-ray images?

If you want to photograph existing x-rays, a flat-bed scanner should work pretty well, or you can hang the x-rays on a light panel and shoot them normally.

I have a friend who's an x-ray technician and photographer that I can put you in touch with if you want info on how to photograph x-rays. Send me an email (address in profile) if you want and I'll forward it to him.

If you want to take original x-ray images, you need an x-ray machine and a licensed x-ray technician. An optical film (or digital) camera will not work. It's designed to focus light, not x-rays. Glass won't focus x-rays, and the x-rays will pass through the body of the camera and cloud your film. Also, x-rays are harmful and you need special equipment to use x ray emitters safely. Don't mess with x-ray emitters yourself. That's a good way to get cancer, or get dead. Just don't do it.

Duncan C

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lukasz pawlak wrote:

Hallo.

Question: what equipment is needed to take x-ray photos?

Best redards,

Lukasz.

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OP lukasz pawlak New Member • Posts: 20
Re: x ray photography - how??

Duncan C wrote:

Do you mean photos of existing x-rays, or do you want to take
original x-ray images?

Hi Duncan.

I want to take x-ray images just like these people:
http://www.bmyersphoto.com/
http://www.xray-art.com/gal4.htm

I dont know how thi piztures were taken. I know that its dangerous, but they did it somehow. If Your friend can help me, please give him my email:
lukasz-pawlak@o2.pl

Thank You.

Best regards,
Lukasz.

Kiran P Senior Member • Posts: 2,198
so you do want to actually use x-rays!

I think you're out of luck. You need a special license to have an x-ray machine. Be it either in the medical field or for construction or stuff like that. Maybe if you were good friends with a dentist, he'd have access to something used, but you can't just play with it. You need to know what you're doing, be very well protected, and know how much power to use.

Those pics of plants were probably using very little power compared to what's necessary for dental x-rays for example, so who knows what kind of equipment you'd need that would be able to turn down that low. Also, you'd have to use the traditional x-ray films that go into a cartridge and have some what to process it. Sure some hospitals are all digital now, but you'd have to hope of getting that technology. Basically, just forget it and find another inspiration. How about infra-red photography? Kind of similar but something you could do.

Kiran

Duncan C Veteran Member • Posts: 7,674
The guy you linked to is a medical doctor

I agree, you are out of luck. The guy you linked to is a medical doctor, with the training and access to use x-ray machines. The following is from his site:

"In the 1980's as part of my medical research I obtained a precision Xray machine, and used it to make images of the very small blood vessels growing into healing wounds (microangiography).

Some of the images looked like abstract paintings, and I started to explore the uses of Xray as an art medium, thinking I was one of the first to use such methods."

So there you have it. You need a precision x-ray machine.

Duncan C

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Kiran P wrote:

I think you're out of luck. You need a special license to have an
x-ray machine. Be it either in the medical field or for
construction or stuff like that. Maybe if you were good friends
with a dentist, he'd have access to something used, but you can't
just play with it. You need to know what you're doing, be very
well protected, and know how much power to use.

Those pics of plants were probably using very little power compared
to what's necessary for dental x-rays for example, so who knows
what kind of equipment you'd need that would be able to turn down
that low. Also, you'd have to use the traditional x-ray films that
go into a cartridge and have some what to process it. Sure some
hospitals are all digital now, but you'd have to hope of getting
that technology. Basically, just forget it and find another
inspiration. How about infra-red photography? Kind of similar but
something you could do.

Kiran

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dpreview and PBase supporter.

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CorvusX Regular Member • Posts: 257
You don't have to be a MD, but...

... someone with deep pockets. As an example check the following:
http://www.hytecinc.com/

X-rays are used in manufaturing industry for quality control. The equipment is expensive and hardly bought for the esthetic value of the prints.

If money is not an object, one could probably buy a machine, build the room for it and get the necessary training for doing this safely - but I'm sure that before all that is done, all the earlier examples of Lens Lust seem trivial.

A more realistic alternative is to get in good terms with someone, who has access to the machine and try to negotiate a deal. With the risks involved, finding someone smyphatetic is not going to be easy.

-martti-

lukasz pawlak wrote:

Hallo.

Question: what equipment is needed to take x-ray photos?

Best redards,

Lukasz.

Warren Sarle Veteran Member • Posts: 3,676
Re: x ray photography - how??

According to the technical info at the 2nd web page you posted, a Faxitron 43855a was used. Look it up on ebay.

pat cody Regular Member • Posts: 129
Re: x ray photography - how??

Another alternative is to take the classes needed to become an x-ray tech. It will probably cost a lot less than trying to buy a machine. If you have a hospital nearby that is a teaching hospital, they might let you come in and take some artistic pictures. I know I did while I was going to school for it. We did dead snakes and some flowers. Our instructors were happy to help us. But that was some time ago.

PalmsWestPhoto Forum Pro • Posts: 10,003
check the web site

you posted the link but you didnt read anything on it ?

http://www.xray-art.com/tech.htm

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