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Health Tip: Minimize Radiation From X-Rays

Health Tip: Minimize Radiation From X-Rays

06/28/11

(HealthDay News) -- Whether you need a better picture of an aching arm after a fall or an inside glimpse of your pearly whites, some X-rays are a medical necessity.

But despite their undisputed value, X-rays also expose you to radiation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these guidelines to minimize unnecessary radiation exposure:

  • Find out how an X-ray will benefit you. Don't refuse an X-ray that is medically necessary.
  • On the other hand, don't push for an X-ray if your doctor says one isn't needed.
  • If you are pregnant or even think you might be, always let the technician know before getting an X-ray.
  • Ask if you can wear a protective lead shield.
  • Ask if lower-radiation X-rays are available.
  • Keep a list of your X-ray history to track how often you have them.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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