X-rays how many is too many

How many X-RAYS have you had in your LIFE time?
0
0 - 20 - 0.0%
1
21 - 30 - 16.7%
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31 - 40 - 0.0%
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41 - 50 - 0.0%
5
50 + - 83.3%

 
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mrsreverend
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   Posted 5/1/2009 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Question from down under.  How many x-rays is too many?
I know I have had quite a few,
but what is OK and when should we be concerned?
They talk about kinds of drugs that are carcinagenics but is it the drugs or the 30 X-RAYS we just had that cause it? 
What do you guys and girls think of it?
 
Can't wait to here back on this.  See ya mates
 
 
 

The Reverend
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   Posted 5/1/2009 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
that was supposed to be from the Reverend but my wife was still logged in ooops!

Dagger
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   Posted 5/1/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had far too many x-rays and CT scans. Now, I only allow an x-ray after much discussion. Many times they are ordered routinely so now I ask what other options we have to investigate the problem. I ask what would happen if we wait, are there other tests we can run first, is the x-ray necessary to make the diagnosis or just to cover your butt?

My ortho guy once told me that he was only ordering the x-ray to cover his butt in case he was wrong about the diagnosis. He admitted that there was less than 1% chance I had the other problem but the only way to rule it out was with an x-ray. We decided that we should treat the most likely problem and only do an x-ray later if I didn't respond to treatment.

For some symptoms, they order CT scans because they are cheaper and then follow up with an MRI if the CT scan shows something. Always ask if you can skip the CT and go straight to the MRI. Sometimes, a CT is necessary because it is works better on the particular problem but sometimes it's recommended just because it is cheaper.

One time I went to the ER with symptoms of strep throat and pneumonia. They were insisting on an x-ray. I asked the doc what he would prescribe if the strep test was positive and what he'd prescribe if the x-ray showed pneumonia. Either way I was getting the exact same medication. Turned out the strep test was positive so I skipped the x-ray. If I hadn't questioned him, I would have had an unnecessary x-ray. I followed up with my doc a few weeks later and everything was fine.

Sometimes x-rays or CT scans are necessary and waiting could be dangerous. If you ask questions, you and your doc can determine the best way to proceed.

golitho
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   Posted 5/1/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Somehow deleted my response, so... I hate it when you're sent for an x-ray or CT scan and then passed on to yet another specialist who then orders his own set of CT scans or MRI's because the first ones don't show enough of a section or are missing something. With degenerative conditions like most of us have its very hard to say no to the tests, I'm always hoping for that miracle doctor with the magic wand...

Dagger
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   Posted 5/1/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Or a medical scanner like they have on Star Trek. I would love to spend an hour with a Start Trek doc; have them wave their medical tricorder over me, give me an injection and return to normal!

golitho
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   Posted 5/1/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Or what about Harry Potter where they can remove the old bone and grow new ones!

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 5/1/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am assuming this includes x-rays from dental work, since you are looking for potential of sum damage. Is that correct?
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The Reverend
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   Posted 5/2/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Love the idea of Star Trek scanners and magical wands and stuff.  What happened to the advancement in human technologies? It was cruising in the 70's and 80's then all slowed down, it is only in the last few years it has started to expand again.  I was watching a movie the other day set back in the early 80's depicting civilization alot different from now with flying cars and such and if our technology stayed at the speed it was going mabey it might have been so.
Another question could be how long have you stood in front of microwaves waiting for you food?
 
Yes all X-RAYS to be included.
 
Someone started it someone will end it, we must endure till the end


The Reverend
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   Posted 5/2/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
www.emedicinehealth.com/understanding_x-rays
This might help under stand where I am comming from
Someone started it someone will end it, we must endure till the end

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