Generally, the radiation received during a medical x-ray is small compared to other radiation sources. For more information on sources and doses of radiation, visit Radiation Sources and Doses. X-rays can provide life-saving information about medical conditions, so it’s important to discuss the benefits and risks of x-rays with your doctor.
It’s important to know that the best available science suggests that even low levels of radiation exposure may slightly increase cancer risk. For this reason, it is important to discuss the necessity of an x-ray with your medical professional, particularly for children and pregnant women.