Why is x-ray bad for the fetus and good for cancer cells?

Have you ever been in a radiology or x-ray department before? If you already did, then you might be very familiar with this warning sign. Radiology or x-ray department is the place where you will undergo certain x-ray examinations either for physical examination or as requested by your physician. X-ray plays a main role in taking an image of a part of your body for diagnosis of illnesses.

X-ray is indeed hazardous for the fetus, most especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. The first trimester is a very crucial stage wherein essential organs have begun to form in the embryo’s tiny body. In some cases, the technologist will ask the patient’s last menstrual period (LMP) just to check if she may be pregnant. X-ray is bad for the fetus, as well as the baby.

On the other hand, because of the advancement of x-ray technology, x-ray is not used solely for diagnostic purposes. For the past few decades, x-rays have been used to treat cancers. X-ray is good for people who have cancers because it helps shrink cancer cells, thereby killing it.
So we might ask why x-ray is bad for the fetus or newborn and good for cancer cells. What are their similarities?

The answer: They are both developing.

Both fetus and cancer cells are both developing, making them more sensitive to radiation, unlike adults, they are not that sensitive to radiation because their bodies have already reached full development. Generally, x-ray is not good for people of all ages, however, it can cause detrimental effects on fetus and newborns because they developed to become mature. X-ray, therefore, is more sensitive to developing and reproducing cells like cancer and fetus. Though, x-ray affects normal (not cancerous) and mature (adults) cells, the damage are not as destructive as the effects of cancer and immature cells. Well, we can say that x-ray might be bad for you, but in some ways, it can be a life saver. We’ll never know what x-ray has to offer in the centuries to come!

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How to Top the Board Exam (A Guide to Academic Success)

Students got really nervous as the final examination is fast approaching. What more if it is a national licensure examination or commonly called as board exam. Passing the board exam is not a secret. Everyone knows the key to academic success, which is to study as hard as you can. Well, let me share my techniques on what I did to be included in the top 5. Let me just give you a background of my profession first, I’m a Registered Radiologic Technologist and I ranked 5th from the Radiologic Technology (RT) National Licensure Examination in November 2005. Currently, I am teaching RT professional subjects and as well as a coordinator for instruction from one of the top performing RT schools’ in the Philippines.
Here are some recommendations that I actually did and had worked for me. And I know this will work for you too:

1. Always aim to be top 1. I know it seems somehow impossible to reach. But the real rationale for this is that when you aim for top 1, you will study almost anything that might help you achieve your goals. And because you exerted your effort very well, if you will fail your plan to be top 1, then you can just land in top 5, top 10, or simply passed the examination. As for me, I failed to get to the top 1 and just landed on top 5. (I was quite disappointed about that.) Otherwise, if you just plan to simply pass, your study efforts might not be enough and you might likely fail from the said exam.

2. Time management. This word is becoming overused when it comes to obtaining an ultimate study plan. Remember, a study habit cannot be built overnight. It takes an effort, discipline and consistency to build it. Also, planning the subjects to study in advance help you organize the important topics to prioritize. Always study weeks before your exam, you may opt to take a review days or a night before your exam to have a more understanding on the subject matter. This will help you prevent from cramming.

3. Studying the entire bulk of materials a night or a day before the exam is a dead end. Unless you’re born genius, but if you’re just average, stay away from this technique, or you will just end up mentally-blocked on the examination day.

4. Do not let go of a certain topic if you don’t understand. Read your books or notes again and again or look for some reference to understand it. Try to ask questions and answer it after every topic.

5. Study in a silent and comfortable place.

6. Be organized. Gather your materials such as computer, ipad, pen, bookmarks, books, notes, etc. before you study. Getting those necessary things one at a time interrupts your study plan.

7. Stay away from social media. Put away your cellphone as much as you can.

8. If you’re on a fight with your girlfriend/boyfriend, set it aside. Set your priorities straight. Choose. Remember, if you choose your studies, it won’t fail you.

9. Study as if you are going to take the board exam tomorrow. Do not wait for a board exam review to review your past lessons. You may review as often as you want. In my case, I started reviewing when I was in third year college.

10. One last thing, just do your best and God will do the rest. Have fun; treat yourself for a job well done. Connect with your friends and loved ones. After all, study is not everything, but all the people who care for you.