Patients often ask how much radiation is too much?
We don’t have exact answers, however, certain injuries or illnesses can determine the needed exam.
A low need would be considered a standard x-ray when determining a fracture, where as adult appendicitis may require a more in-depth exam like a CAT SCAN.
Other exams that are considered are ultrasound and MRI. Both of these exams have different benefits, depending on your condition. MRI exams tend to take longer and in an emergency, time may be the factor. An ultrasound is not as sensitive and may not assist in the best diagnosis.
A person fiying round trip across the United States is exposed to more radiation than a mammogram.
Your medical need will determine the course of imaging.
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