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If you're thinking of a full-body X ray simply as a health check, you'll probably waste your money

Back in the 1940s, when plain old X rays were considered high tech, shoe salesclerks would often determine children's shoe size by X-raying their feet. Never mind that the same thing could have been done with a wooden ruler. Fluoroscopes, as the X-ray devices were called, were promoted as the scientific way to guarantee a proper fit. By the mid-1950s, however, it was clear that many fluoroscopes were badly maintained and ended up subjecting customers--not to mention salesclerks--to potentially dangerous amounts of radiation. Soon the machines were banned.

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