125 years ago this week, William Roentgen made one of the most momentous discoveries in both physics and medicine.

On November 8, 1895, Roentgen discovered x-rays and took the world’s first x-ray pictures, one of which was of his wife’s hand showing the bones and her wedding ring.

This week, National Radiologic Technology Week, we celebrate that discovery and the work of today’s radiology technologists.

R.Ts., sometimes called rad techs, do far more, of course, than simply taking x-rays. They perform a broad range of diagnostic imaging procedures. They may specialize in breast imaging, computed tomography, cardiac-interventional procedures, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, radiation therapy and general diagnostic radiology

Technologists must have at least an associate’s degree, many hold 4-year college degrees. Registered radiologic technologists must pass a national test to become certified. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists counts over 300,000 technologists.

The leading organization for radiologic technologists is the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, which created National Radiologic Technology Week in 1979.

And just for the record, there is often confusion between the terms radiologic technologist and technician. Though they may be used interchangeably, and some organizations say the difference is that a technologist has somewhat more training and is able to perform more imaging procedures, others insist the difference is that a tech repairs and manages the equipment.

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Jun 6, 2023

Get Rid of Gray Hair by Going on Vacation

Some might argue the point, but most of us know that stress will turn your hair gray. Just take a look at before and afters of US presidents.

But who would have guessed that eliminating the stress can turn those gray hairs back to their natural color?

That’s what a team of researchers at New York’s Columbia University found when they studied the graying process.

From volunteers of different ethnicities and ages they analyzed hundreds of individual hairs. Surprisingly, in some they found gray at the tips, but color close to the root. For some reason, the graying process had reversed.

Knowing the rate at which hair grows, the researchers were able to connect the time a person’s hair started turning gray to events in their life, finding a close correlation to stressful periods. When the stress was alleviated, the hair began to revert to its natural color.

A 30 year-old woman who turned gray during a marital separation and relocation, began reverting to her original color when the stress diminished. In another case, the gray hair of a 35 year-old man began reverting during a period when he took a vacation and reported his stress level at zero.

In an article pending journal publication, the researchers said, “Our data strongly support the notion that human aging is not a linear and irreversible biological process and may, at least in part, be halted or even reversed.” And not just the hair on top of the head, but elsewhere, as well.

Their work analyzing the makeup and proteins of each hair implicate metabolic pathways as the cause of hair going gray, they wrote.

“This result provides a plausible biological basis for the reversibility of graying and its association with psychological factors, and also supports the possibility that this process could be targeted pharmacologically.”

Until some bioscience startup or pharmaceutical company develops a medical solution, if you’re stressed and going prematurely gray, take a vacation.

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How to Improve Sleep Hygiene (For a Better Work-Life Balance)

A good night’s sleep is important for almost every factor in your daily life, including your mental and physical health. However, it’s especially necessary to maintain your work performance and productivity throughout the day.