There are no direct complications associated with getting an x-ray. However, the effects of repeated radiation doses may build up in the body over a lifetime, increasing the risk of some cancers or thyroid problems. The risk is higher in children and women who are of childbearing age or pregnant. Protective lead aprons and collars are used to reduce radiation exposure.
Some tests and medical treatments cannot and should not be avoided. Talk to your dentist and doctor about the risks and benefits associated with the x-ray.
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