When it comes to kids and X-rays, the less exposure to ionizing radiation the better, says Dr. Helene Pavlov, radiologist-in-chief at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, which specializes in treating skeletal and muscular injuries. "Growing tissue may be more sensitive to the exposure," says Pavlov, who suggests parents pose the following questions to their medical provider if their child ever needs X-rays, CT scans or other ionizing medical imaging:
When it comes to dental visits, Pavlov says X-rays shouldn't be a routine part of an annual or semi-annual exam. If there's a specific area of concern, ask if the X-ray can be limited to a specific tooth or area instead of a full mouth X-ray.
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