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  1. #1 Can you feel X rays? 
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    I had an x ray taken of my mouth, they put a metal tube on to my nose pointing downwards at 45 degrees to catch my teeth. However after the lady (I forget her proper title) went out the room and a short time later (few seconds) when I guess its when the machine was turned on, I felt tingling straight through my nose and mouth. Just before the lady entered again it stopped. I only guess that it was the x rays, but looking on Google it seems you not meant to feel them, so whats going on? I don't have any fillings or anything artificial in my mouth.


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    The lady's title is either a nurse or a radiologist. For the x-rays, it's possible that you had a placebo effect, meaning you imagined that sensation.


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    perhaps a clinical test to check against the placebo effect. it is possible that most people don't however you have a genetic mutation that makes you somehow able to detect(perhaps via degrading chemicals) an x-ray.
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    No, you can't feel x-rays. Maybe there was a vibration when the machine was on, or maybe there was an electrical problem and you got a little shock.
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    harrold's electric shock idea is probably much more likely... do you have any fillings? particularly metal ones?
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    no dude ,
    its nothing to feel ,
    i have some chest X-ray recently ,
    but i didn't feel any thing ,
    even it made from 4 different angle ,
    i have a lung cite scan too ,
    but i don't feel any thing ...........................
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    No we can't feel X-ray because it's a laser view which scan our inside part without affecting it to our any part of our body.
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    Can you feel the love tonight? Can you feel it coming in the air tonight? Can you feel me dawg? If you meant it in a rhetorical kind of way, hey, why not...but no.you can't physically feel them...
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    I guess you could feel x-rays if they are intensive enough. That is if they are causing immediate damage. And it is the damage that you can subsequently feel. Or the x-rays are so damaging that you immediately die by means of vaporization. Then you feel nothing.

    I am assuming medical x-rays do not approach this kind of damage level, but you never know.
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    The radiation used in radiotherapy is ridiculously higher than in conventional x-rays (they say a chest x-ray radiation exposure is equivelent to flying London to New York and back). When i asked some radiographers and physicists on sight how much more powerful they just laughed at me and said you couldn't even begin to compare them. A few patients say they can feel 'something' at the time, but most don't. A while later though burns might appear.
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    This is just an FYI about dental X-Rays. About 2 months ago I had a full mouth X-Ray scan done. But they were not the standard type X-Rays, they were digital and I have to tell you that's the only way to go. They use weaker X-Rays for a shorter amount of time and just like a good digital camera the pictures are ready to look at without any development time. The whole process only took about one forth the time it would have taken the old way. Also I didn't feel a thing and did I mention the new machines are very quiet, they don't make that audible buzzing sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prometheus
    The radiation used in radiotherapy is ridiculously higher than in conventional x-rays (they say a chest x-ray radiation exposure is equivelent to flying London to New York and back). When i asked some radiographers and physicists on sight how much more powerful they just laughed at me and said you couldn't even begin to compare them. A few patients say they can feel 'something' at the time, but most don't. A while later though burns might appear.
    Sure, you can compare them.
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    I have never felt a radiograph. I felt like the heat of the machine in question to have more x-ray.you know it's close to my body, I could feel its heat.
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  15. #14 I have felt them! 
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    I registered specifically for this thread. I guarantee you that I have felt an x-ray before. I have felt it MULTIPLE times. It feels like a tingling or a very low current going through the portion of your body being x-rayed or whatever. The first time i told the doctor and he was like thats interesting. The second time (months later) i had forgotten completely about it. Im standing there getting my knee x-ray (i play sports) and i feel it again. and if feel it for every x-ray after that, they usually do like 3 each session so i guess i've felt it maybe 6 times.

    weird though... i have gotten x-rays in the past and didnt start feeling them up until about a year ago (i am 21 now)

    Honestly, I am 99% sure that this was no placebo. I would be willing to prove it to.
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