There are no immediate issues with an x-ray. However, radiation doses may build up in the body over a time. The more x-rays you have the more radiation there will be. This can increase the risk of some cancers or thyroid problems. The risk is higher in children and women who could get or are pregnant.
Lead aprons and collars are used during x-rays. They will help to lower the amount of radiation to the thyroid and pelvic area. Talk to your dentist and doctor about the risks and benefits of any x-ray.
Before your x-ray is taken, you may be asked to remove jewelry. You may need to put on a hospital gown.
Let your doctor know if you are or may be pregnant.
You may be given a type of contrast material. It may be a drink or given through IV.
Description of Test
A lead shield may be placed on other parts of your body. This will help reduce your exposure to radiation.
The x-ray device will be placed over one area of your body. You will be asked to remain as still as possible while the x-ray is taken. The device will send x-rays through your body. The x-rays will be captured on the other side of your body by a computer or on film.
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