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A 43-year-old male asked:

How much radiation does the lungs absorb in a single digital chest xray(pa)which was conducted with no body cover,no shirt,no apron?does it stays for long in the system?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
The radiation is of a diagnostic dosage, not as if you were exposed to a nuclear power plant leak. Today's digital sensors are very sensitive so not much radiation is needed to obtain a proper image. Radiation is not something that stays n your system, but actually passes thru you to the sensor or film.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
A diagnostic chest x-ray is highly unlikely to have any adverse effect on your health. The benefit of a needed x-ray far exceeds any theoretical risk. Wish you good health!
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Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
ingle chest x-ray: 0.02 mSv (2 mrem) Dental x-ray (four bitewings): 0.004 mSv (0.4 mrem) Limbs and joints: 0.06 mSv (6 mrem) Abdomen: 0.7 mSv (70 mrem) Mammogram (four images): 0.13 mSv (13 mrem) Very low level, very safe
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