How often can do chest X-rays?

All kinds of prejudice and speculation about fluoroscopy there is no light! Some people even seriously consider that procedures designed to help in the diagnosis of diseases of the lungs and other organs of the respiratory system, provokes the development of tuberculosis and cancer. That is why, supposedly, it is by no means impossible to do more than once in two or three years. Or you can not do at all. But it is dangerous dose of X-rays received by the human body during fluoroscopy? And how often it is recommended to take x-ray screenings?

What is fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a procedure of research bodies located in the chest area , which is carried out using X-rays. The radiation passes through the human body and is partially absorbed by them . As a result, it is possible to obtain an image on a fluorescent screen tissue of internal organs .

Irradiation during fluoroscopy
The average radiation dose during fluoroscopy procedures is 0.03 Sv ( sievert ) or 3P ( x-ray) . A safe dose for humans - P 5 a year. In
health centers , clinics and hospitals are now being replaced outdated equipment , so 3 P exposure may be reduced to 2.5 or even 2.3 P P.

The recommended frequency of x-ray screenings
Undergo chest X-rays twice a year should be people who:
  • sick with tuberculosis;
  • suffer from chronic diseases of the respiratory system;
  • They work in tubercular clinics, hospitals, health centers and so on.
All other pass fluorography less often once in a calendar year.

Who should not undergo chest X-rays?
  • Children up to 15 years.
  • Pregnant and lactating women (only on prescription, and only in an emergency).
  • People suffering from chronic diseases of the specific nature (that chest X-rays can not pass, will tell you your doctor).
In general, the procedure is harmless to fluorography research body.