Making XRay’s with Scotch Tape?

xrayhandI came across this article via a link on Slashdot (highly recommended reading) and had to share.

It turns out that if you peel scotch tape inside a vacuum it generates X-Rays. The researchers who found it are looking at as a means of creating X-Ray machines and other useful technology for the 3rd world.

The interesting thing is the amount of X-Ray’s produced by removing the tape at 1.5 inches per second inside a vacuum was enough to take an X-Ray of a researchers hand.

I envision this will eventually result in hand cranked X-Ray machines for hospitals and dentists in areas where electrical power is unstable or unavailable. It could also be used to create emergency X-Ray equipment for emergency rooms in areas prone to natural disasters.