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Debunking scary radiation myths!

 

Debunking scaryRadiation. Just the word can make people fearful. Over the years radiation has cast a spotlight in medicine forcing patients to be scared of any type of medical procedure with radiation. The effects of radiation have become more daunting over the years ranging from an increase of thyroid cancer, killing mass amount of plants, causing physical deformities, and much more. However, these are the most extreme cases of an exponential amount of radiation exposure.

There are many myths that need to be cleared up concerning radiation, especially because it is a part of your daily life and you may not realize it. Yes, radiation is incredibly harmful at extreme doses, but it is not this huge monster that everyone assumes it to be. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo decided to debunk some common radiation myths to help clear the air about radiation.

 

Myth #1: Radiation is always unsafe.

This simply can’t be true considering that radiation is in the air we breathe and the food that we eat. There is naturally occurring radiation and even man made radiation that we are exposed to on a daily basis that goes completely unnoticed because it isn’t harmful. According to Radiation Answers, the average annual dose of radiation exposure per person is 622 mrem which includes the radiation from the air, food, soil, cosmic radiation, and human-made sources. In fact, did you know that flying on an airplane exposes you to anywhere from 2-10 mrem? The yearly average is a completely safe amount and doesn’t cause harm to the human body.

 

Myth #2: Power plants are dangerous and emit too much radiation.

Due to the extreme effects of nuclear power plant exposure, the media coverage garners a ton of attention and people assume they’re highly dangerous. However, these plants are under strict monitoring and control at all times. In fact, the radiation emission AND fallout from past atomic bomb detonations account for less than one percent of the exposure we receive.

 

Myth #3: Radiation from power plant leaks is responsible for causing cancer and other health issues.

While many reports have claimed that these radiation disasters have actually increased thyroid cancer in those surrounding the plant, it just isn’t true. However, may people haven’t heard the counter studies because the hype ended with ‘power plant exposure causes cancer’. The United Nations Scientific Committee of the Effects of Atomic Radiation and numerous other health departments investigated the effects of the infamous Three Mile Island incident and discovered that there is no evidence to suggest that there were harmful effects on the environment or the people involved. It sounds hard to believe, but it’s true!

 

Myth 4: MRIs are bad because you’re exposed to radiation.

Surprisingly, a common misconception is that MRIs use radiation and a patient will be exposed during the scan. This is not true. In fact, there is zero radiation exposure and it is easily confused with CT scans and X-rays which do expose radiation to patients. Many people mistakenly group these medical imaging scans together and assume radiation is a part of each scan. At Open MRI of Pueblo, any concern or worry you have about radiation and fly out of the window because you’ll be radiation free during your MRI.

 

Radiation doesn’t have to be super scary especially when it comes to your MRI. Now that you know these radiation myths don’t believe them! If you need an MRI schedule your appointment with us at Open MRI of Pueblo today!