Hello, back in July I had a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis and ten days later had a barium swallow, then 2 months later had a ct of the head, am I at risk for cancer from these, also I had multiple chest X-rays as well.

Hello, Amber.

You are right to keep track of your radiation exposure. Your risk of developing cancer from these exams is still very low, especially as time goes by.

Here is a good website with info on the radiation exposure associated with these imaging exams:

I would advise you not to worry about developing cancer from these few studies. The chances of that are really slim.

Hope this helps a little,


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I am not qualified to interpret diagnostic imaging or to diagnose disease. Please consult a physician for that information. I am the photographer. I can tell you what to expect during most MRI, CT and X-ray procedures.


I now have more than 30 years experience in diagnostic imaging. My specialty is MRI. I am also very familiar with CT and the way we used to take x-rays (everything's digital now)!

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology.

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