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Is radiation from airplanes harmful to my baby?

Is radiation from airplanes harmful to my baby?

Yes: The radiation in airplanes is safe during pregnancy. There's not been any study to date that has demonstrated fetal harm from casual commercial airplane flying. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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I heard that flying on an airplane exposes you to lots of radiation. True or false, and if true then why?

I heard that flying on an airplane exposes you to lots of radiation.  True or false, and if true then why?

Bottom line: I would not be concerned unless you fly extremely often and at higher altitudes. The higher the altitude, the less the atmosphere absorbs radiation but it takes over 150 hours of flight to achieve any significant levels of exposure. ...Read more

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On airplane flights, are you having any danger from radiation exposure?

Yes: But small amount from cosmic radiation, with in the safe limits. ...Read more

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Is holding babies safe when on radiation treatment?

Is holding babies safe when on radiation treatment?

Unless there: Is implanted radiotherapy, that remains with you when you finish a daily treatment, there is no hazard. Implanted 125-i seeds in prostate cancer brings radiation home in tiny exposire, but we suggest no baby on the lap. Breast brachy, xoft or mammosite variations, cx/pros hdr leave all the radiation where you get it. You carry none home to anyone. ...Read more

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Is there any dangers of cell phone radiation on babies?

Zero: There is no documented risk of cell phones to babies.There are always a few who like to speculate that anything we do has risk.We have all sorts of radio waves and other radiation generated from the sun that travels through us on a daily basis whether we have a decoder/receiver unit for them or not. ...Read more

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What to do about radiation from x rays and unborn babies?

Xrays in pregnancy: First, try to avoid radiation. If it is so important someone's health is at great risk, go ahead with the x-ray but try to avoid exposure of the uterus by covering it with lead apron. Really try to avoid big time radiation like CT scans. If the x-ray has already taken place before you knew you were pregnant, not much to do now except inform your OB so they are aware the exposure took place. ...Read more

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Can a person who is receiving radiation treatment hold an infant?

Can a person who is receiving radiation treatment hold an infant?

See below: Unless the radiation is delivered by implanted seeds, most people receiving external beam radiation are not going to place a child at risk. Check with your doctors to see which type of radiation that you are receiving. ...Read more

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Can people with radiation for cancer as children have healthy babies?

Can people with radiation for cancer as children have healthy babies?

Absolutely: Unless the ovaries or testes were in the radiation port, which is unlikely, these people do as well as anyone else. I reviewed the subject a few years ago, and survivors of wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, and childhood brain tumors all seem to be able to be moms and dads to healthy babies. Congratulations on your survival and your wish to share life with others. ...Read more

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Can babies be around patients who have had radiation treatment?

Can babies be around patients who have had radiation treatment?

Usually yes: It depends on the type of radiation treatment. Radiation that is directed at the body from a machine is gone as soon as the machine is turned off. You do not remain "radioactive". Radiation that is put into the body through an iv, an oral liquid, or implanted pellets or seeds stays with the patient, and the patient should avoid babies for a period of time. Ask your doctor or nurse. ...Read more

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