X-ray Radiation Doses
Did you know that we encounter many doses of radiation naturally in our day-to-day lives? Background radiation from the earth, sun and cosmos are responsible for the majority of radiation our bodies absorb. The remainder is caused by man made sources such as air travel, diagnostic X-rays, nuclear energy, and consumer products. Even humans and animals are slightly radioactive – meaning that, just the act of sharing a bed with your spouse will expose you to an additional 20 µSv every year (a harmless amount).
But, when it comes to radiation dangers, you’re much more likely to get skin cancer from repeated sunburns than to suffer X-ray induced cancers. One X-ray exposure from the Better Dental’s Low Radiation X-Ray System is about 1 µSv — which is only 1/17 part of your average daily dose, and it is approximately the same amount of radiation you would get naturally from eating 10 bananas, or sharing your bed with another person for 20 nights.