(HealthDay News) -- X-rays have led to countless improvements in diagnosing and treating broken bones and other conditions. But they're not without risks.
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Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says such risks are "small when compared to the benefits that [X-rays] can provide," the agency says efforts should be made to prevent unneeded exposure to ionizing radiation.
The agency suggests that parents of children who need X-rays:
- Keep track of the child's medical-imaging history.
- Ask the doctor about the benefits and risks of X-rays.
- Ask the doctor if another procedure that doesn't use ionizing radiation might be just as effective.
- Ask the X-ray facility if it uses techniques to reduce radiation exposure.
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