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Radiation: Practical Suggestions

  • Before having a mammogram, check that the center where you are having the test is fully licensed and the equipment has been recently inspected. Ask your technologist how much radiation you will receive as a result of your mammogram. If the technologist doesn't know or the answer is above 0.2 rads, consider finding another place to have your test done.
  • If you have a young child whose medical condition requires radiation for either therapeutic or screening purposes, talking with the child's medical team about alternative approaches or ways to minimize radiation exposure.
  • Always insist on wearing a lead, protective coat when receiving X-rays, even of areas that seem to be a distance from your breasts and abdomen (arms, feet, teeth, etc.).