Is Radiation Beneficial?
Each of us is exposed to radiation every day. In fact, natural radiation is generally the most exposure that an individual will have over their lifetime. Radiation also exists in some medical tests and treatments. Radiation in medicine is very beneficial when medically appropriate. You and your physician can determine whether the benefits of the test outweigh the risks. You can help support this discussion by sharing with your physician information about imaging procedures you have had in the past and discussing medically appropriate alternatives. In some cases, a test without radiation exposure may be an appropriate alternative.