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Are there any risks with X-rays? What should I be aware of?

Some people worry that X-rays aren’t safe because radiation exposure can cause cell mutations that may lead to cancer. However, the amount of radiation you’re exposed to during an X-ray is so small that the risk of cell damage is extremely low.

If you’re pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, tell your doctor before having an X-ray. Though the risk of most diagnostic X-rays to an unborn baby is small, your doctor may consider another imaging test, such as ultrasound.