A member 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?

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Dr. Sewa Legha answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

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.

Answered 3/25/2013

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Dr. David Dang answered

Specializes in Radiology

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).

Answered 3/25/2013

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Dr. Yash Khanna answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

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.

Answered 2/12/2014

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