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can the x-rays penetrate the womb and harm the fetus?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: X-rays definitely penetrate the uterus and get to the baby. That's why they always ask if your pregnant before doing x-rays. Most x-rays that you might get are low enough dose not to hurt your baby. High doses of radiation, like for cancer treatment, can cause birth defects if early in pregnancy or increased risk of certain cancers later.
Dr. Kenneth Murdock
Radiation Oncology 53 years experience
Yes: X-rays can be harmful to the developing fetus, especially in the first three months of a pregnancy. There are usually signs in the x-ray dept telling you to tell the technicians idf you think you could be pregnant. Dental xrays are not a problem as the dental nuse will usually put a lead apron on your tummy before taking them.

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How will uterine fibroids influence my pregnancy?

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Increase risk: Fibroids most commonly do not affect pregnancy. However if they are large or on the inside lining of the uterus, they can cause complications such as miscarriage, preterm labor and preterm birth. Sometimes they increase the likelihood of a cesarean section.
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How does the fetus get nutrients early in pregnancy?

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The placenta: The placenta transfers fluid, nutrients and some medications from mom to the fetus.
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How does an X-ray show that the long bone growth is complete?

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See below: The x-ray will show if the growth plates of the bone are fully closed and fused.
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How much do dental x-rays cost for a child?

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Dr. Herman Liem
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It varies.: It depends on the kind of x-rays prescribed by the dentist. Full mouth x-rays cost more than bite-wings. A single radiograph is the least expensive but limited to just a few teeth. And x-rays on children usually cost less than adults.
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I have uterine cancer and also diabetic and high cholesterol. What will help me?

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Not suitable for a : Short answer. Each of the three problems you listed are serious and not suitable for a short answer. Please consult your doctor. You have my sympathy and best wishes.

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