U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
NJ
A 27-year-old female asked:

8 month old has one chest x-ray in the er because of high fever. his lungs were clear. is he now at risk for cancer?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 52 years experience
No: Medical use of x-+rays is considered pretty safe. Morover the amount of radiation exposure from a chest x-ray is miniscule. Therefore there is no reason to think he is at risk for devloping cancer due to the x-ray by itself.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. David Dang
Radiology 16 years experience
Minimal risk: Your concern is understandable. Radiation exposure from a chest xray is minimal. For an adult (higher dose than children) a chest xray dose is equivalent to 10 days of natural background radiation (yes there is radiation exposure around us all the time).
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 59 years experience
Not to worry: One chest xray is very minimal radiation to be worried about cancer risk in a baby, so do not worry there very little radiation and no risk of baby getting cancer from one chest xray.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Feb 12, 2014

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.