X-rays affect the structure of DNA. This becomes a problem when DNA in the gametes is affected. I understand that unlike men, women already have produced all their gametes at birth.
Wouldnt all eggs be affected if a woman had x-rays taken at any point in her life?
If so, what is the likehood? If not, why?
All people up until the age of 65 should be wearing a lead apron to cover their gonads whenever they have xrays. If the tech does not protect you with an apron, I would report them. The lead apron is a must in Canada, and is part of the training of xray techs.
If you were exposed to xrays, which does happen if you are having images of your pelvis, hips, lower back, tailbone, or having a barium enema, kidney xrays or bladder xrays, you have to consider risk vs benefit. Xrays performed on the general population are very safe, as long as you are not having lots of them each and every year. Most technogists use a high kVp technique which allows most xrays to pass through you.
As a matter of fact, you get more exoposure to radiation by taking a airplane flight than you would from a routine xray due to high levels of radiation in the atmosphere. You can also get radiation from a car drive or smoking a cigarette.
Hope this helps.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.