Pretty Wild Stuff.....Scotch Tape Xrays!

Home Inspector with Fort Worth Home Inspectors - Green Tag Inspections

Did you hear about the discovery scientists made involving Scotch tape? It seems that ordinary Scotch tape, the kind you use to wrap packages, when unrolled can emit enough radiation to make xrays! It seems another scientist back in the 1950s came up with the concept, but was recently proved. They placed a roll in a small vacuum chamber and with a mechanical spool, unrolled the tape at the rate of about a foot every 5 seconds which is about as fast as if you were to pull a piece off and measured the emitted radiation with a geiger counter. One of the scientist  then placed a piece of dentist xray film over his finger and it took an xray of his bone! It should be noted that this must be done in a vacuum chamber so gases can't absorb the radiation before it has a chance to emit. I thought it was pretty interesting, might be a lead on how to make xray machines in the future.

Here is the story:

Be sure to watch the video.

Kent Keith

Fort Worth /Dallas Home Inspector


Comments (4)

Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Kent~ Are you serious about that?  It's hard to believe!  How do people come up with this stuff?  What would even make you think scotch tape could emit enough radiation to make x-rays? 

Oct 23, 2008 11:40 AM
Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC - Minneapolis, MN

What?!  This is bizarre!

Oct 23, 2008 12:52 PM
Antonio M. Cardenas Broker Associate
RE eBroker Group - San Leandro, CA. - San Leandro, CA
"The Realtors In Motion"

Ken, I did watch the video and found out... Yes it is true! the scientists did give a demonstration of how this works, amazing posibilities for far away places where there is no electricity. Thanks Ken


Oct 23, 2008 03:39 PM
Bruce Thomas
A-Z Tech Home Inspections, Inc. - Greensburg, PA

Interesting but thinks like this just prove that we have too much time on our hands.


Oct 27, 2008 02:29 AM