Basics of a High Frequency X-Ray Generator

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Basics of a High Frequency X-Ray Generator
A high frequency X-ray generator is more efficient than previous models. (x-ray image by Claudio Calcagno from Fotolia.com)

X-rays are used for many purposes, from looking at broken bones to seeing the structure of proteins. The high frequency, X-ray generator is an advanced, X-ray source more efficient than previous types.

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Function

A high frequency, X-ray generator takes the standard electrical current and converts it into high frequency, so it can create a constant potential across the X-ray tube. This is different from the standard, X-ray generator that has a low voltage transformer that creates a step-up and step-down cycle.

Benefits

The benefits of high frequency generators are the transformer is much smaller and less weight, which creates much smaller machines and larger doses of radiation. It was originally used only for small portable models, but has since been expanded into higher voltage models.

Warning

X-rays are a type of radiation and, as such, can cause a potential health risk with extended exposure. Radiation exposure can be either direct or indirect and can cause cancer, radiation poisoning and death if exposed to a high dose.

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