Dangers of X Rays

Because X rays can kill living cells, they must be used with extreme care. When improperly used they can cause severe burns, cancer, leukemia, and cataracts. They can speed aging, reduce immunity to disease, and bring about disastrous changes in the reproductive cells. Lead screens, sheets of lead-impregnated rubber, and leaded glass are used to shield patients and technicians from undesired radiation.

The effect of X radiation is cumulative. That is, a number of minor doses over a number of years is equivalent to a large dose at one time.