Benefits vs. Risks of a Bone X-ray
Bone X-ray Benefits
- Bone x-rays are the fastest and easiest way for a doctor to view and assess broken bones and joint and spine injuries.
- X-ray equipment is relatively inexpensive and widely available, making it convenient for both patients and doctors.
- Because X-ray imaging is fast and easy, it is particularly useful in emergency diagnosis and treatment.
- No radiation remains in a patient's body after an X-ray.
- X-rays usually have no side effects .
Bone X-ray Risks
- There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk.
- Women should always inform their doctor or X-ray technician if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
The effective radiation dose from this procedure depends on the part of the body being examined. For spine x-rays, the dose is about the same as the average person receives from background radiation in 6 months. For x-rays of extremities, the dose is about the same as the average person receives from background radiation in less than 1 day.
Minimizing Radiation Exposure
Special care is taken to use the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best X-ray images. At Sky Ridge, we follow national and international radiology protection council standards.
Modern-day X-ray machines have tightly controlled X-ray beams that filter the beams and control the dose of radiation. This ensures that parts of a patient's body not being imaged receive minimal radiation exposure.