If you’ve ever tripped over the cat or fallen down the stairs, or been in an accident, or even just visited the dentist, you’ve probably had an x-ray.
Some of us more accident-prone folk might have had many, many x-rays over the years!
Radiology involves using medical imaging to investigate problems within the body.
Different forms of imaging include X-ray radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
These tests can help physicians to quickly diagnose serious conditions such as internal bleeding, kidney stones, appendicitis, thyroid dysfunction and of course, broken bones.
While these tests are indeed necessary – especially in life or death situations – the do have a downside.
And that downside is radiation exposure.
According to research, the per-capita dose of ionizing radiation from clinical imaging exams in the United States has increased by almost 600 percent in recent years.
What’s worse is that CT scans deliver almost half of the estimated collective dose of radiation exposure in the United States.
Now, they’ve been linked to cancer.
What can you do? We’ll tell you – just read on!