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Risks of Head and Neck Imaging? | Ask the Expert
It is always wise to avoid unnecessary radiation, when possible. While most methods of imaging use low amounts of radiation, any amount adds to your total exposure, which can build up over time and possibly cause harm. Also, not uncommonly, a finding on one imaging study will lead to ordering an additional study for clarification or more detail Of course there will be instances when imaging is the very best diagnostic option. A good discussion with your doctor is the best way to avoid unnecessary testing
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I have heard of problems from having x-rays or other imaging studies done on the head and neck. Are there risks?

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Gary McLeod, MDGary McLeod, MDFamily MedicineSutter Pacific Medical Foundation
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Gary McLeod, MDFamily MedicineSutter Pacific Medical Foundation

Dr. McLeod practices Family Medicine in the Santa Rosa community as part of Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods. He is focused on helping patients understand their role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

It is always wise to avoid unnecessary radiation, when possible. While most methods of imaging use low amounts of radiation, any amount adds to your total exposure, which can build up over time and possibly cause harm. Also, not uncommonly, a finding on one imaging study will lead to ordering an additional study for clarification or more detail

Of course there will be instances when imaging is the very best diagnostic option. A good discussion with your doctor is the best way to avoid unnecessary testing

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