Hi alun - pm'd you.
Basically to put it into a perspective.
Sievert is a measure of the 'Equivalent Dose' of radiation and takes into account biological effects. Wikipedia has a decent explanation.
995 micro Sieverts or 0.995 milli Sieverts is approximately equivalent to 5 months worth of normal background radiation.
Depending on where you live depends on the level, the range is approximately 1.5 to 7.5 milli Sieverts, and the average is 2.2 milli Sieverts.
Various x-ray examinations carry different levels of radiation dose.
Here are a few listed with equivalent time worth of normal background radiation:
Chest X-Ray - 3 days
Abdomen X-Ray - 6 months
Barium Enema - 3.2 years
CT Scan of the Head - 1 year
CT Scan of the Abdomen - 4.5 years
Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan - 1.8 years.
These are just averages. It also depends on the patient, how big they are for instance. The larger the patient the more 'juice' you have to give in order to get a diagnostic image, so if you are skinny then a CT scan of the Abdomen might be worth only 3 years of background radiation instead of 4.5. Conversley if you are obese then the dose would be higher.
One bit of advice for all would be to question your Dr, why are they sending you for an X-ray, is it strictly necessary? Will it help the Dr make a diagnosis and plan treatment or does the Dr just like to fill in forms.
The biggest complaint from Radiographers is the quantity of unecessary X-rays prescribed by Dr's.