DIY x-rays were a mechanical spectacle of the late 19th Century that rivaled the phonograph, Diorama shows, and early cinema. I think I would want my own x-ray machine if I didn't think I would die from radiation poisoning or cancer. I can't imagine seeing the x-ray as a new invention.
Wired Science has a post about a recent exhibit at San Fransico's Museum of Modern Art with some awesome pictures: X-Ray Discovery Sparked 19th-Century DIY Craze.
Film this makes me think of: The Prestige*. I love newfangled inventions!
The 19th Century: A time of invention and great mustaches.
*note: the book is way weird and not as interesting, but both are equally creepy and 19th Century magiciantastic.