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X-rays can be used to help diagnose health conditions and problems affecting various parts of your body. They can also be used for cancer screening, to locate foreign objects in your body and to help guide medical procedures. See our section on Uses for more information.
X-rays are considered to be very low risk. High doses of radiation can be harmful to your body. But X-rays use a very low dose of radiation, similar to that you’d get from natural radiation over a few days. See section on Risks for more information.
Your doctor will tell you if they recommend an X-ray. It might be that you’ve had pain in your chest or abdomen (tummy) that they want to investigate, or they may want to check for broken bones. Your doctor will only advise you have one if they think it will help. See our section on Uses for more information.
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