X-ray exposure

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X-ray exposure

Postby ch » Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:56 am

I have a 2-year old who needed x-rays. I understand there is a risk-benefit consideration, but what is the actual risk of exposing someone so young to x-rays? They had to take four pictures (for lack of a better word). Does that increase the risk significantly over one?

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Postby Dr. Heba Ismail » Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:57 pm

Dear ch,
You needn't worry at all! :) For radiation to produce adverse effects, it usually rquires a very high dose (much more than the amount resulting from 4 X-rays), or prolonged exposure to lower doses.
Also, filters used nowadays are very effective in decreasing the absorption of the body to radiation.
Best regards,

Dr. Heba Ismail, M.D.

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