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What Are the Risks of a Chest X Ray?

Chest x rays have few risks. The amount of radiation used in a chest x ray is very small. A lead apron may be used to protect certain parts of your body from the radiation.

The test gives out a radiation dose similar to the amount of radiation you're naturally exposed to over 10 days.

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Chest X Ray Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. To find clinical trials that are currently underway for Chest X Ray, visit

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