Low Dose Radiation NYC: Know Your Role in Reducing Radiation
POSTED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012 AT 12:10 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind
Radiation exposure is a natural occurrence in everyone’s day to day lives. We receive radiation from nature, such as the soil and the sun’s rays, traveling on air planes, in space shuttles, and interacting with the protons and electrons that surround us. Radiation exposure isn’t necessarily harmful depending on the dosage and proximity of the radiation you are exposed to as well as if you have any protection against that radiation, such as sun block against the harmful rays of the sun. On days you receive x-rays in NYC, you will of course be exposing yourself to more radiation than you would on a normal daily basis. The doctors and staff at Park Avenue Radiologists take every precaution against overexposure to radiation and provide the most recent, highest quality technology for all their patients. The most recent developments in x-rays in NY and CT scans in New York are equipped to avoid too much radiation exposure while still producing an accurate reading. Doctors, radiographers, equipment manufacturers, patients, and parents all have a role in reducing radiation in New York City, and together we can make the field of radiology a safer place while still benefiting from the knowledge these scans provide.
The doctors and staff at Park Avenue Radiologists ensure that the equipment we use for each patient is reliable and produces the least amount of radiation needed to provide accurate results. Both the patient and technician conducting the scan are protected as much as possible using what is known as ALARA, or As Low As Reasonably Achievable, to ensure that each individual patient and each individual body part are receiving the optimum radiation dose in order to prevent over radiation exposure and ensure a detailed reading. Park Avenue Radiologists provides scan only when absolutely necessary. Patients can help prevent overexposure to radiation by keeping a personal record of the tests they’ve done and when, especially when travelling between different doctors and when tests are being conducted on children. Discuss your personal imaging record with your doctors, so together you can determine the necessity of repeated exposure to radiation.
Know your role in reducing radiology, whether you are a doctor, parent, radiologist, or patient, so you can make informed decisions about radiation exposure in the future. Protect yourself and others against the harmful side effects of over exposure by working together to ensure that the radiation you receive is the lowest dose possible. The doctors and staff at Park Avenue Radiologists welcome any questions or concerns you may have about the low dose radiation that we provide in our Park Avenue New York office. You can contact us at Park Avenue Radiologists at 212.888.1000, or you may make an appointment online for a personal consultation.
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