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Health Tips: Dangers of over Exposure to X Ray

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View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Here are some key point about X-rays.

X-rays are natural occuring type of radiation.

They are classed as a Carcinogen.

CT scan give the largest dose of X-rays compared to the other X-ray procedures.

In X-rays, bones show up white, and gasses appear black.

1. DANGERS OF X-RAY

Over exposure to X-ray can cause Mutation in our DNA and, therefore, might lead to Cancer later in life. For this reason X-rays are classified as a Carcinogen. By both the World Health Organization ( W.H.O.) and the U.S. Government. However, the benefit of X-ray technology far outweighs the potential negative consequences of using them. It is estimated that 0.4 percent of cancer in the U.S. are caused by CT scans. Some scientist expect this level to rise in parallel with the increased use of CT scan in medical procedure. At least 62 million CT scan were carried out in America in the year 2007.

According to one study, by the age of 75 years, X-rays will increase the rate of Cancer from 0.8 to 1.8 percent. In other words, the risks are minimal compared to the benefit of Medical Imaging.

Each procedures has a different associated risk that depends on the type of X-ray and the part of body being imaged. The list below shows some of the more common imaging procedures and compares the radiation dose to the normal background dose that all people ecounter everyday on daily basis.

Chest X-ray:

Equivalent to 2.4 days of natural background radiation.

Skull X-ray:

Equivalent to 12 days of natural background radiation.

Lumber Spine:

Equivalent to 182 days of natural background radiation.

I.V Urogram:

Equivalent to 1 year of natural background radiation.

Upper Gastrointestinal Exam:

Equivalent to 2 years of natural background radiation.

Barium Enema:

Equivalent to 2.7 years of natural background radiation.

C.T Head:

Equivalent to 243 days of natural background radiation.

C.T Abdomen:

Equivalent to 2.7 years of natural background radiation.

These radiation figures are for adults. Children are more Susceptible to radioactive effect of X-ray. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

2. SIDE EFFECTS OF X-RAY

While X-rays are linked to a slightly increased rate of cancer, there is an extremely low risk of short term side effects.

Exposure to high radiation level can have a range of effects such as vomiting, bleeding, fainting, hair loss of skin and hair.

However, X-ray provide such a low dose of radiation that they are not believed to cause any immediate health problems.

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Walterwhyte · 4d
thanks for the info
Walterwhyte · 06/25/2020
nice write up

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