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children's x-rays

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redic002 Thu 24-Jan-13 15:06:38

its very nice to Liston..really ...
Mater Children's Medical Imaging/X-ray provides a broad range of general and complex radiology services for paediatric patients who are in hospital and those who come for examinations as outpatients.

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 23-Jan-13 23:37:21

I am a Radiation Protection Supervisor for X-rays in my work place. As everyone else has said the exposure from a single x-ray is very low. There are set levels for exposure that are considered unsafe. I am where a x-ray dose meter and take 100s of x-rays per year and have never had any significant level of radiation register on my badge.
Modern x-ray machines use very tiny doses of radiation, a lot of the 'scare' stories relate to the machines that were around in the 50s and 60s that used doses 100 of times greater than today's.

AliAmble Wed 23-Jan-13 23:17:39

Hi - thank you all so much for taking the time to reply. This is the first time I've used mumsnet or anything like it and I was amazed to log on and find all your helpful posts. Thank you!

hotbot Mon 21-Jan-13 20:00:30

Ok, your child is fine. Medical staff know very little of the mechanics of taking or X-ray protection. The radiographer was correct, you do not protect ovaries etc for 1first hip / pelvis X-ray. You did entirely the correct thing in consenting to the procedure. The X-ray dose would have been minimal.

ReallyTired Mon 21-Jan-13 19:47:10

There is a lot of scaremongering on the internet about radiation. I don't know if it still exists but the health protection agency (or going back years the National Radiological Protection Board) used to answer questions like these.

This is a link that might put your mind at ease.

There is about an increase 1 in 67,000 chance of your daughter developing cancer as the result of one hip x-ray. The radiation dose is the equivalent of what you get from background in 7 weeks. (However these stats are a little bit nonsense as the risks to children are greater than adults.)

Clearly you would not want to x-ray your daughter's hips everyday.

wonkylegs Mon 21-Jan-13 18:49:09

Unnecessary x rays should be avoided but sounds as if this was necessary as it can be serious life long consequences if there was an issue with her hips.
The NHS are pretty good at not doing unnecessary ones. I have pretty much had every part of me x-rayed including my neck whilst pregnant with DS, some parts of me multiple times.
Some were as a child, many in my late teens and loads as an adult. I have a healthy DS, no problems conceiving and the only pregnancy issues I had were due to the condition I've had all the x rays for.
I am currently receiving treatment on my hip and have had a few x rays & MRIs in the past 6mths and we are looking to try for a baby later this year, we are not overly concerned.
I'm sure your daughter will be fine, it's hard not to worry but she had it for a good reason.

Sirzy Mon 21-Jan-13 18:34:22

I wouldn't worry about one X-ray, like has been said modern x ray is very safe.

DS has had over 20 chest X-rays

ReallyTired Mon 21-Jan-13 16:55:27

I am glad to hear that your daughter's hips are OK.

Modern X-rays have an extremely low dose. NHS hospitals use digital X-ray machines so do not need such high doses. If there was an issue with her hips then its important that it is picked up as soon as possible. It would be letting her down not to check out a potential problem.

Your daughter will get plenty of background radiation before she is old enough to have children. Our bodies are made to cope with a small amount of radiation.

AliAmble Mon 21-Jan-13 16:49:36

My daughter who is just over one was referred for an ultrasound of her hip. when I arrived at the hospital I was told that she was too old for an ultra sound and should have an x-ray.
As the specialists were fairly confident that she did not have a hip problem but just wanted the x-ray to be 100% sure I questioned whether she should have an x-ray as I was concerned about radiation of her ovaries. The doctor assured me that a shield would be put on her ovaries but the person carrying out the x-ray said that it was not appropriate and took the x-ray without using a shield. The result of the x-ray showed that her hips are fine, as thought.
I now regret having had the x-ray done. I just didn't have the time to properly think about it as I had been told that my daughter would be having an ultrasound. When I got home and googled whether the x-ray could have done any long-term damage of course I found mixed opinions but one article said that an x-ray of the ovaries could lead to future miscarriages and birth deformities and that has sent me into a panic! Has anyone had x-rays of their hips (and ovaries) when they were kids and gone on to have healthy pregnancies and children? Or has anyone had problems?
I just can't shake off the feeling that i have let my daughter down by exposing her to an unnecessary risk.
Thanks for your help.

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