X-Rays have been in use as a medical imaging technique since approximately 1895 when Wilhelm Roentgen found that he could create photos of body structures like tissues and bones by putting electromagnetic waves through the body. He called the project X because he did not completely know the composition of the rays. From that time forward, X-Rays have been the foundation upon which medical imaging technology and medical imaging equipment have been made.

Even though the X-Ray (or radiograph) has long been a fundamental medical imaging tool, this approach has always had the down side that the photos produced are indistinct, which makes it so it requires extremely careful analysis and interpretation. Scientists have been researching for years in an attempt to find a way to make the radiographic images better.

Recent findings in the growth of laser X-Ray’s have led to advancements that have the capability to enhance the quality of radiographic images. The light created by a laser would be bright enough to create strong, distinct contrasts on radiographic images. Also, grouping the power of a laser beam with X-Rays can improve photos by a multiple of about one thousand. Medical imaging at this level of resolution could provide the technology to detect cancers and other abnormalities that cannot now be detected with current X-Ray technology.

Up until recently, the power source required to generate the perfect strength laser beam for this application was so large that it was unrealistic to even try. However, because of new techniques, researchers at the University of Colorado in Boulder have developed a method to make mighty laser beams from a reasonably sized source of power. This makes laser X-Ray technology a practical goal.

The team that is researching this used a laser beam to release atoms from argon. Argon is a stable chemical element. The resulting eruption of X-Rays was not strong enough to be of use. The research team then hurled the atoms back into the argon, causing a larger, more agreeable ray of X-Rays of big enough size to be of use. This boomerang method is being handled to make a regular, very mighty source of X-Rays, grouped with laser beams.

The method is not yet ready to be used in the medical field. More examining is needed to expand the method into the hard X-Ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum. When the task at hand has been overcome, the commercial laser X-Ray will come next.