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Benefits and Risks of Imaging Examinations

This page was last updated: March 25th, 2021

If you have been referred to us for a test involving X-rays, this page will help you understand the benefits and the risks.

Your doctor or healthcare practitioner may have referred you for a test involving radiation to help them make a diagnosis or monitor your treatment. Examinations that use radiation include X-rays, CT scans, fluoroscopy examinations and nuclear medicine imaging.

There are strict laws that govern X-ray exposures, namely the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposures) Regulations.

Your doctor will have considered the benefits of having the X-ray and any associated risks to you when requesting the test. These should have been discussed with you.

You can find more information about radiation and the risks and benefits here:

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