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X-rays may double the risk of cancer for obese patients

December 20, 2018

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that provide the means for simple, cost-effective, non-invasive medical imaging.

X-rays are an invaluable tool for the diagnosis of a wide range of medical conditions, as demonstrated by the 22.6 million x-ray procedures that were carried out in England between 2015-2016.

However, the procedure is not without risk as imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation. The radiation excites body tissue and can potentially give rise to harmful effects.

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