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one week after chest x-ray and my back feels like its on fire--are the two related?

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Dr. Michael Braun
35 years experience Radiology
Very unlikely.: Radiation can cause a skin type burn and most chest xrays are taken with your back exposed to the radiation source. But, usually takes 1 hour or more of continuous exposure to cause a burn. The exposure from a chest xray is less than one second.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
No: Chest xray does not cause back pain or other acute process.
Answered on Nov 22, 2014

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