How safe are x-rays?


The risks associated with medical x-rays are frequently exaggerated. It is estimated that the chances of contracting cancer as a result of an x-ray of the chest, for example, are similar to the risks of contracting cancer by inhaling the smoke of one cigarette - about one in a million.

If you are worried about any treatment or scans you may be having, speak again to your GP or the hospital staff. They can refer to your medical records and if they know of your concerns they will always make time to explain the examination or treatment in more detail. (

For further information on Radiology examinations please visit the below links: (Royal College of Radiologists & American College of Radiology)

The Royal College of Radiologists - Website Link

Amercian College of Radiology Website Link