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A 33-year-old member asked:

is it ok to get a chest x-ray in the first trimester?

4 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
If necessary: Any type of test that exposes you to radiation (x-ray, cat scan) should generally be avoided in pregnancy. If such a test is medically necessary, the abdomen should be shielded with a lead apron to prevent exposure to the baby.
Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
In the first trimester, the uterus is still a pelvic organ, i.e., it still hasn't risen much above the pubic bone. Agree with adequate shielding, a chest xray will be no problem.
Nov 2, 2011
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
No one would: Provide a chest xray if they knew you are pregnant. Why? There is exposure to the developing embryo, which while small, is at a critical and active time of development. There is "some chance" of harm to the embryo, and some chance that you would lose the pregnany regardless of the x-ray, so unless extremly necessary, no x-ray exposure during pregnancy at any trimester.
Dr. Edward Druy
Radiology 53 years experience
Only if needed: Your uterus will be sufficiently shielded with lead aprons so the fetus will not be exposed to radiation, but as a general precaution you should only have the x-ray if it is needed to diagnose a serious illness such as pneumonia or extreme shortness of breath.
Dr. Tahir Chauhdry
Obstetrics and Gynecology 68 years experience
If you need a Chest X Ray...if not..don't get it. However, an abdominal shield is adequate.
Feb 25, 2013
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 24 years experience
Risk vs benefit: If the chest x-ray diagnoses a pneumonia that needs treatment and you can be safely shielded then the x-ray is warranted. You could also have a life threatening pneumothorax...The point is that you and your doctor have to balance risk and benefit.

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