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Understanding X-rays (cont.)

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Radiologists contribute most of the man-made radiation to the public-on average, approximately 15% of the amount a person gets from nature. The benefits of this radiation are tremendous in diagnosing disease. There are no data to suggest a risk from such low doses.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery

REFERENCES:

Matanoski GM. Health effects of low-level radiation in shipyard workers final report. Baltimore, Md: 1991.
National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement. Exposure of the US population from diagnostic radiation. 1989. NCRP Report.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/26/2014

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