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X-Ray Worries
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:17:31 PM »
Just got back from my Doctor, had a set of X-Rays done on my mid-lower spine. Luckily I managed to avoid my first CT scan (Doctor was debating between that or an MRI, glad he went with an MRI).

Course it stirred the hypo in me! Worrying about radiation and cancers and whatever else.  :angel-smiley-006: 

I've had roughly 4 or 5 X-Ray sets done in my life so far and I'm only 24! Should I honestly be worried about this? Radiation is everywhere, but still...
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Re: X-Ray Worries
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 04:51:49 PM »
Nah, they wouldn't have done the x-rays if they honestly thought there was a danger. Some people have to have dozens of them, and they're fine :)
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Re: X-Ray Worries
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 04:57:47 PM »
Doesn't help that I looked up how much potential radiation you get from mid-lower spine X-Rays... yikes. Lot more than a chest X-Ray!

The radiologist lady assured me that I was well shielded and everything...
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Re: X-Ray Worries
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 05:41:39 PM »
Yeah, they're very safe these days. Looking up stuff isn't good! Remember though, the majority of what you read when looking things up will be worst case scenario, or potential levels, or stories of things going wrong. Never anything to be taken overly seriously.

Trust the medical professionals. It takes a long time and a lot of work to get where they are, and they know their business better than anybody :)
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Re: X-Ray Worries
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 08:29:13 PM »
Yeah I do trust them, I went through with it after all. X-Rays came back clean by the way!

A couple things that have "eased" my anxious mind about this:
  • There's convincing arguments/studies out there that claim that low level radiation is actually beneficial in the long run.

    • Also, the information online about X-Ray doses is out of date and probably way higher than what they actually are.

    Hope that helps anybody else that's worried about them. Trying to breathe sighs of relief... :P
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Re: X-Ray Worries
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 08:44:49 PM »
I'm 26. I've had 3 CT scans, and around 10 xrays in my lifetime, if not more xrays. Xrays are radiation, but I don't think you're anywhere near the danger point. Me on the other hand.... I'm nearing the point where i've had all the radiation you're allowed to have in a lifetime.

I think you'll be just fine. :)
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