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Chapter 11, Problem 6QP
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Although it is well known that X-rays cause mutations, they are routinely used to diagnose medical problems, including potential tumors, broken bones, and dental cavities. Why is this done? What precautions need to be taken?

Summary Introduction

To explain: The reasons for using X-rays for diagnosis of medical problems if it causes mutation.

Introduction: X-rays are high-energy ionizing radiations which are used for diagnosis of medical problems such as bone fractures, dental cavities, and potential tumors. X-rays are considered as potential carcinogens and can cause mutation in the nucleotide sequences of the gene.

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The possible benefits of the X-rays have masked its side effects. X-rays are routinely used in medical diagnosis because they are non-invasive. The rate of mutation by X-rays depends on the amount of dose of ...

Summary Introduction

To explain: The precautions that must be taken before undergoing X-ray treatment.

Introduction: X-rays are high-energy ionizing radiations which are used for diagnosis of medical problems such as bone fractures, dental cavities, and potential tumors. X-rays are considered as potential carcinogens and can cause mutation in the nucleotide sequences of the gene.

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