A research study published in 2008 by the Radiation Effects Research Foundation followed a particular group of subjects who were exposed in utero and as a child to the exposure of the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This study found that many of those children developed fatal cancer into adulthood. Another study was conducted on scoliosis patients (mean age is 10) with a mean dose of 0.11 Gy from x-radiation had developed cancer into adulthood.
In the first year of life, the same radiation for boy procedures add 3 to 4 times for cancer risk as exposure between the ages of 20-50 years.
For females it is 6-8 times
For children in general the risk is approximately 3 times
How can Radiographic Technologist reduce radiation exposure?
- Smaller radiation dose
- Proper immobilization methods
- Faster exposure time