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Mini-Quiz: X-ray Health Risks

by Ron Kurtus (updated 21 March 2007)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Why are people concerned about exposure to x-rays?

They worry about getting cancer

They don't want doctors to see through their clothes

They worry about the extreme pain during exposure

2. How often should a woman get routine x-rays while pregnant?

300 x-rays are safe for a pregnant woman who does not smoke

30 x-rays a week are actually good for you

If the x-ray is not necessary, it is best to avoid it while pregnant

3. What should you always do before getting an x-ray?

Smoke a cigarette to relax yourself

Ask the doctor if the x-ray is necessary and safe for you

Take off all your clothes

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in being Healthy. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Radiation Exposure in X-ray and CT Examinations -

X-Ray Risks - Mayo Clinic

Are X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy? -

Radiation, how much is considered safe for humans? - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) News

Radiation Exposure Limits - Nondestructive Testing Resource Center

Cabinet X-ray Systems - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Health Effects of Radiation - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

X-rays - Succeed in Physics

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