What should I do before getting a diagnostic medical x-ray?
You can reduce your radiation risks and contribute to your successful examination or procedure by
- keeping a "medical x-ray history" with the names of your radiological exams or procedures, the dates and places where you had them, and the physicians who referred you for those exams
- making your current health care providers aware of your medical x-ray history
- asking your health care provider whether or not alternatives to x-ray exams would allow the provider to make a good assessment or provide appropriate treatment for your medical situation
- providing interpreting physicians and referring physicians with recent x-ray images and radiology reports
- informing radiologists or x-ray technologists in advance if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
- Who can I contact if my question wasn’t answered or if I have additional questions in the future?
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- Where can I find more information about a specific type of product?
- What happens when a radiation-emitting electronic product is also a medical device or is used for irradiation or inspection of food?
- Does FDA approve radiation-emitting electronic products?
- What routine requirements apply to manufacturers of radiation-emitting electronic products?
- How does FDA regulate radiation-emitting electronic products?
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- What is a radiation-emitting electronic product?
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