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Have a question about xrays. I have had to go to ER 3 times

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Have a question about xrays. I have had to go to ER 3 times within the last 1 1/2 years for tachycardia. 2 of those times were only a week a part. Everytime they do a lung xray. This last time, I told them I had a lung xray a year ago which revealed nothing and they said the still recommend.. Just wandering if this is a lot of radiation?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 7 months ago.

Hi there.
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Expert:  Dr. SH replied 7 months ago.

I understand your concerns about radiation but having a few x-rays done is usually not something concerning or anything that I would worry about at all whatsoever.

It is only if you have had 100s of x-rays that you need to be concerned.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I have had a lot of other xrays over the years. Hip 3x, Foot 3x, Knees 3x, CT of head 2x, Abdomen 2x, mammograms, dental, neck.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 7 months ago.

That is a lot of radiation.

I would recommend against doing any CT scans or x-rays in future.

I would recommend investigating you with things that have zero radiation like MRI and ultrasound and not using any more x-rays or CT scans.

It is still VERY UNLIKELY that you would develop anything serious as it requires exposure to thousands of x-rays to get enough radiation to develop anything serious.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
ok. Unfortunately orthopedic docs rarely do MRI. Must be an insurance thing.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Should I continue with mammograms?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
also, what about dental. My dentist does them for preventative.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 7 months ago.

Yearly or two yearly mammograms should be okay.

That is a very low radiation risk.

Dental x-rays also carry an extremely low radiation risk.

Main risk is with CT scan.

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