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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dangers of an x-ray test?

  • X-ray tests expose the body to radiation. Fortunately, modern x-ray equipment uses much smaller amounts of radiation than in the past.
  • If your doctor recommends a test that uses a contrast dye, tell your doctor if you are allergic to contrast materials, iodine, or seafood. This may put you at a higher risk for a reaction.
  • Radiation can be dangerous for a fetus. Tell your doctor if you are, or think you may be pregnant.