X-Ray Tube


Build an X-Ray Machine

Following some basic precautions, you can safely assemble an amateur X-Ray machine to conduct amazing X-Ray experiments and produce X-Ray photographs. The first and most important thing you'll need in the construction of your X-Ray machine is of course, a tube to produce X-Rays. Professional X-Ray tubes produce tremendous amounts of X-Rays, are very expensive, and require licensing buy and own.
Fortunately, there is another way to produce X-Rays without the restrictions and expense of a professional X-Ray tube. Certain high power rectifier tubes and receiving tubes produce copious amounts of X-Ray radiation as a byproduct of their normal operation. Not all tubes produce the same amount of X-Ray output. Only about one in ten tubes produces sufficient X-Rays to be useful to conduct experiments with. We carefully select the tubes with the highest X-Ray output from hundreds of high power rectifier receiving tubes. All out tubes are fully tested & guaranteed to produce X-Ray radiation. Simply connect the tube to any high voltage DC power source that can supply at least 20,000 volts and ~presto~ you've got X-Rays.
Our 25 kV High Voltage Power Supply is ideal for powering these X-Ray tubes. We insist safety be put first when assembling any X-Ray device, so we include some of our
RadMax radiation shielding with the tube. Instructions and information are of course also included. For additional shielding, see our Radiation Protection page.

Aside from the amazing hands-on experiments that can be performed, learning the basics of radiation physics and seeing it first hand can be quite rewarding. X-Ray photographs can be produced with this tube using standard 400 speed B&W sheet film. Caution! Never X-Ray any portion of your body or other living thing.
If you're looking for a really unique and impressive Science Fair project, the home built X-Ray machine certainly fits the bill.

Warning: - Overexposure to X-Ray radiation can be dangerous as well as the high voltages that are required to run this tube.
This is not a project for novice experimenters unless they are supervised by someone who is familiar with high voltage equipment and basic radiation safety precautions.

X-Ray tube shown in its most basic operational arrangement. A 25 kV power supply is connected to the tube and it is shown producing X-Rays of sufficient energy to pass through a galvanized steel sheet and register on the geiger counter probe below it.
In typical applications, the tube would be surrounded by a lead shield with small slit or opening in it to permit the X-Rays to exit unimpeded only in one direction.
Equipment shown above is for demonstration purposes only and is not included with the X-Ray Tube.

X-Ray Tube, RadMaxshielding & instructions: $55.00

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