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    Silver In Old X-Ray Negatives?

    I've heard that there is silver that can be extracted from old negatives like from x-rays. Would it be worth the effort if one has access to a large amount of medical x-rays?

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    Re: Silver In Old X-Ray Negatives?

    I am an X-ray/CT Technolgist. I have been in the profession for 15 years. There is probably some Silver in the old X-ray films, but I wouldn't know how to extract it. Years ago before digital radiography, we actually developed film in a dark room. The X-ray processor, which takes the film and develops it into a radiograph (x-ray picture) had a tank next to it that extracted silver and collected it through a filtration system. It did this just like a oil filter in a car. The tank had hoses coming from the processor and simply filtered the fluids (fixer and developer) in the processor. Once a year or so they replace this tank and took the silver. So what remained in the x-ray films after the developing process is unknown to me. I have had access to thousands of films, and never really thought about it. Years ago, we just through them away in the trash. Now with all the privacy issues with patient information, I believe they have to go to an outside company to be destroyed now. It is an interesting thought. I may have to research it... There are some places that still use the old real film systems, but they are dissappearing quickly with Digital radiography. Just as digital cameras have made film cameras nearly obsolete. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    Re: Silver In Old X-Ray Negatives?

    there's some good info about this at the goldrefiningforum

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    Re: Silver In Old X-Ray Negatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by markmopar
    there's some good info about this at the goldrefiningforum
    True statement, and X-ray film is one of the better sources of silver.

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    Re: Silver In Old X-Ray Negatives?

    Here is an link to a table that tells you everything you need to know about silver in x-ray film.

    http://www.goldrefiningforum.com/php...=3735&start=60

    The table is on page 4 of the thread.

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    Re: Silver In Old X-Ray Negatives?

    There is a lot of silver in old xray film.

    Most hospitals now are going digital which means the old film xrays are disappearing. The good thing is that as the hospitals digitize their old films they are getting rid of this stuff by the ton.

    From what I was told they soak the films in bleach and end up with a bunch of silver nitrate powder in the bottom of the reaction vessel. Then they just burn off the nitrates and they have pure or nearly pure silver.

    I hears a large trash can of the stuff has around 100 ounces.

 

 

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