Is this in fact more like the process around a nuclear detonation,
where things absorb X-rays and are themselves heated to X-ray-emitting >temperatures?
generally-occuring materials either absorb or transmit them.
[[Mod. note -- ... As you note, coherent reflection seems unlikely.
As to whether elastic scattering of any sort yields the "same" photon,
I suspect that you're right and that photons don't have an individual identify.
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