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Osteogenesis Imperfecta and X-Rays

Because people with osteogenesis imperfecta may need frequent x-rays to assist with their diagnosis and treatment, it's a good idea to have a basic understanding of osteogenesis and x-rays. Although there are definite health hazards associated with exposure to x-rays, there are also many ways to reduce your child's exposure to radiation. For example, keeping precise records of your child's x-rays and always asking for lead shields can help minimize exposure to x-rays.

An Overview of Osteogenesis Imperfecta and X-Rays

For most people with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), x-rays become a frequent and necessary means of assisting with an OI diagnosis as well as treating the condition. There are definite health hazards associated with exposure to x-rays, and these hazards are believed to have a direct relationship to the amount of radiation received.

Suggestions for Osteogenesis Imperfecta X-Rays

Here are some suggestions parents can follow when dealing with osteogenesis imperfecta and x-rays:
  • Keep a precise record of your child's x-rays. Note the type, purpose, date, physician or dentist, and office or hospital where they were taken.
  • Discuss any concerns with your physician and x-ray technician.
  • Consider using any previously taken x-ray, and try to avoid retakes whenever possible.
  • Sometimes a physician can utilize an unclear x-ray instead of taking a new one.
  • Often, parents need to insist that they assist in the x-ray room. You know better than anyone how to handle your child. Some technicians do not fully understand OI, and you might find it necessary to diplomatically instruct them.
  • Always ask for a lead apron for yourself and a lead shield for your child's reproductive organs.
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