Answer to Question #12746 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Medical and Dental Patient Issues — Diagnostic X Ray and CT

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:


While getting an x ray done, why do you not have to be covered with some protective material from the neck up?


The radiation dose drops off rapidly as you move away from the edge of the x-ray field. The only time shielding is called for is when the gonads are in the x-ray field and they can be shielded without compromising or interfering with the diagnostic procedure.

Kent Lambert, CHP, FHPS

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