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A 43-year-old member asked:

is working in a radiology department longterm unsafe?

4 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
No: There are dangers in every workplace. Radiology departments are under a great deal of state and federal scrutiny, so they are typically safe. Try these links to learn more: http://www.Radiology.Ucsf.Edu/patient-care/patient-safety/radiation and http://www.Healthecareers.Com/article/workplace-safety-considerations-for-the-radiologic-technologist/161493.
Dr. Steven Greenberg
Radiology 32 years experience
No: Working in a radiology department long term is safe. As long as appropriate procedures are followed, radiation exposure to providers and patients is extremely low.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 29 years experience
Absolutely not!: All employees who have any potential radiation exposure risk are constantly monitored with personal dosimeters (to measure their radiation exposure). Also, the rooms and equipment are all designed to limit radiation exposure to employees. Finally, the amount of radiation used is specific to each examination and patient, to use just enough to create a high quality image.
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 28 years experience
Should be Safe: In a radiology department medical radiation is used and there should be care to make sure that there is no accidental exposure to others in the area. Usually the walls are lined with lead blocking the radiation and unless you are very close to the source (6 feet or closer) simple reasonable distance will protect you. If you work close to the source badges are usually warn to monitor exposure.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Not safe. All your life you will carry higher risk for cancer, Leukemia,genetic mutation.........
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Monitoring exposure does not reduce risk........The fact is that it is dangerous........remember Hirozima/ Nagasaki .........they are still suffering
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology 41 years experience
It is as safe as working anywhere. Radiations workers are way more likely to be hurt accidents than radiation. The IAEC has determined exposure limits to reduce potential added risk of radiation injury to project radiation workers.
Oct 8, 2015

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A 39-year-old member asked:

My doctor is too busy and 'forgets' to put requisition through? Can I just schedule my own test in radiology?

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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
No: You might want 2 enlist the help of his nurse.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What radiology scans have white backgrounds and which ones have black backgrounds?

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Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 26 years experience
Interesting question: Xray, ct scan, MRI scan, ultrasound have black backgrounds. Nuclear medicine scans such as bone scans, pet/ct scans, and gallbladder scans have white backgrounds.
Dr. Ronald Holzman
Mammography, Breast Ultrasound 47 years experience
I have however seen x-rays from outside the U/S black on white. This however may only be a reproduction or reversal image.
Feb 16, 2013
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 40 years experience
More and more plain films are read "inverted", that is black on white, as some fine details in bone trabeculation and small pneumothoraces are more conspicuous that way.
Dec 30, 2015
A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: radiology?

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Dr. Daniel Zanger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Radiology: Radiology is the term used to describe the study of all medical imaging including x-rays ct scan MRI ultrasound and nuclear imaging.
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A 54-year-old female asked:

Are radiology reports accurate?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Depends: It depends on the quality of the study being read, the skill of the radiologist, information about the patients' condition provided to the radiologist (the history), and other factors including the type of exam that was done. No matter how good the radiologist is, there will be some reports that miss something or come to a conclusion that does not pan out. Nature of the beast.
Atlanta, GA
A 27-year-old female asked:

Why is getting radiology so expensive? Are the prices inflated to cover the cost of the equipment, or is there a pricy input? Is it the radiologist?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shari Jackson
Radiology 21 years experience
Several factors: Advanced imaging equipment is very expensive to purchase, install and maintain (e.g., ct, mri, pet). Part of a charge for a radiology study covers this "technical" component. Technologists who operate the machines are highly skilled and therefore expensive. Finally, a radiologist interprets the images. There is a "professional" component to cover this portion of the exam.

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