Gastrointestinal Malignancies Prevention
Some people may have an allergic reaction to the barium or have a hard time keeping it down.
X-rays do not cause short-term health complications. But radiation doses may build up in the body over time. The more x-rays a person has, the more radiation there will be. This can raise the risk of some cancers. The risk is higher in children and women who could get or are pregnant.
Lead safety shields are used during x-rays. They help lower the amount of radiation to the body.
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