ARE X RAYS SAFE…

Are x rays safe? Well, no-one can actually say ‘yes or no’ but we should be fully informed about the radiation you receive from scans, especially if you have to have a number of them.

The risk of cancer associated with low-dose medical imaging is still controversial, with no actual evidence proving that cancer can arise directly from these procedures.

X rays are an important part of the medical profession finding out what your problem is and without one could be a matter of life or death.

MRI’s are perfectly safe, it’s just x-rays or CT scans that are questioned.

They say that careful consideration is what is needed when you are asked to have an x-ray, but generally it could be the only way forward to find out what your problem is.

According to the NHS website “People are often concerned about being exposed to radiation during an X-ray. However, the part of your body being examined will only be exposed to a low level of radiation for a fraction of a second.

Generally, the amount of radiation you’re exposed to during an X-ray is the equivalent to between a few days and a few years of exposure to natural radiation from the environment.

Being exposed to X-rays does carry a risk of causing cancer many years or decades later, but this risk is thought to be very small.

For example, an X-ray of your chest, limbs or teeth is equivalent to a few days’ worth of background radiation, and has less than a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of causing cancer. For more information, see GOV.UK: patient dose information.

The benefits and risks of having an X-ray will be weighed up before it’s recommended. Talk to your doctor or radiographer about the potential risks beforehand, if you have any concerns”.

So, I guess the answer to my question ‘are x rays safe’ is ‘yes’.

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