X-rays represent a form of electromagnetic radiation. They are produced by the X-ray tube, using the high voltage to accelerate the electrons produced by the cathode. The produced electrons interact with the anode, thus producing X-rays. The X-rays produced include Bremsstrahlung and the characteristic radiation for the anode element.

X-rays can interact with matter by the following:

  1. photoelectric effect
  2. Compton scattering
  3. Rayleigh or classical scattering
  4. pair production (not possible in the diagnostic radiology range)
  5. ionization 

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rID: 9034
Section: Physics
Tag: refs
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