13 doctors weighed in:
Are ultrasounds safer than x-rays?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: X-rays
contribute to a slight theoretical increased lifetime cancer risk.
Diagnostic ultrasound has no known deleterious effects. All else being equal, then, to the best of our knowledge, US would be considered safer.

In brief: X-rays
contribute to a slight theoretical increased lifetime cancer risk.
Diagnostic ultrasound has no known deleterious effects. All else being equal, then, to the best of our knowledge, US would be considered safer.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
For pregnant women, ultrasounds are safer than x rays because sonograms use sound waves, which do not affect the baby.
On the other hand, ct scans and x rays use radiation, which do have risks to the unborn child at very high levels. Discuss this with your doctor.

In brief: Yes
For pregnant women, ultrasounds are safer than x rays because sonograms use sound waves, which do not affect the baby.
On the other hand, ct scans and x rays use radiation, which do have risks to the unborn child at very high levels. Discuss this with your doctor.
Dr. Brian Enggano
Dr. Brian Enggano
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2 comments
Dr. Joe Golowa
For adults as well there is no ionizing radiation which although very low can increase risk of certain cancers
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Also, may be less sensitive, less specific, and just not usable if there is an air or gas interface or bone between probe and lesion. Transducer positioning can also vary. U/S very useful some indications, useless in others.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, ultrasound is safer than x-rays.
The energy source for ultrasound is sound waves which has been established as safe in limited procedure times during pregnancy. X-ray energy source is radiation which has been established to be detrimental in higher doses to developing in utero babies.

In brief: Yes
Yes, ultrasound is safer than x-rays.
The energy source for ultrasound is sound waves which has been established as safe in limited procedure times during pregnancy. X-ray energy source is radiation which has been established to be detrimental in higher doses to developing in utero babies.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Dr. Neeoo Chin
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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Sound wave energy from ultrasounds are considered to be safe during pregnancies, but radiation energy from x-rays have been found to be detrimental to the developing fetus.

In brief: Yes
Sound wave energy from ultrasounds are considered to be safe during pregnancies, but radiation energy from x-rays have been found to be detrimental to the developing fetus.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Dr. Neeoo Chin
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