Friday, November 28, 2008

How to protect yourself from unnecessary radiation

IT is a fact that some groups of people face more risk from radiation than others. Women, for example, have a much higher risk of developing cancer from radiation exposure than men do. Children are also much more vulnerable to radiation than adults. Some chemical exposure standards, too, are set for adults not the most vulnerable.

The most significant challenge currently facing the radiation protection community is how to better integrate radiation protection within modern concepts of and approaches to risk governance. In response to this issue, the internationally accepted principles of radiation protection, upon which virtually all national legislation is based, are in the process of being reviewed and updated. The goal is to ensure that consensus on directions for improvement is reached among radiation protection experts from national regulatory authorities, and that this consensus is taken into account during the development of new approaches and international recommendations. They will also actively pursue collaborative efforts to address cross-cutting areas such as stakeholder involvement and environmental protection.

Here is the tips for you before agreeing to an x-ray:

* Cross examine your doctor. Ask if the x-ray is really necessary. Are there alternatives such as his taking a full medical history and doing a physical examination? What is he looking for? What is the likelihood of his finding it from the test? Will its findings have any effect on the treatment you'll be given? If absolutely necessary, is it possible to have ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging, which may be less harmful.

* Avoid repeats. Tell your doctor if that part of your body has been x-rayed before. Keep a record of all your x-rays, what they were of, and where and when they were done. If you change your dentist or doctor, ask for your x-rays to be forwarded when you first make the change (many dentists destroy old x-rays after three years instead.

Footnotes:
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