(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
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
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