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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
 
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