Children and x-rays

Dr. Bruce Parker, professor of radiology and pediatrics at the Stanford University Medical School, says that children should not be exposed to even a single x-ray unless the potential for benefit is clearly greater than the risk. He points out that children are more likely to develop cancer after x-ray exposure than are older people. We do not know how much radiation is required to induce cancer, but he observes that clearly, the less exposure the better.
(Pediatric News 20(12)3, December 1986)

Copyright 1989 Phylis A Austin

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