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Doctor insights on: Safe X Ray Pregnancy

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is it safe to take chest xray during pregnanacy ?

Is it safe to take chest xray during pregnanacy ?

Generally: It is generally best to avoid x-ray radiation exposure during pregnancy as a precaution. However, sometimes there is no good alternative, and exposure from a chest X-ray is low (comparable to flying from NY to LA) and your belly can also be shielded. ...Read more

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Dental work during pregnancy ok if xrays needed?

Dental work during pregnancy ok if xrays needed?

Yes with caution: In close consultation with your obgyn doctor the dentist can perform routine dental care.If needed more invasive dental procedures can also be performed.Howeever, the first trimester and the second half of the third trimester should be avoided. A lead apron should cover all vital organs if xray needed which should be limited to a single focused xray if an infection or severe problem exists. ...Read more

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Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Yes: Chest xray looks at the lung tissue superimposed on a the chest wall tissue including the ribs and all the muscles and thus can miss subtle findings. In addition, lung infection can be subtle, with presentation as a small focus of infection or a rather very faint infection area that can be very difficult to detect with xray alone. A ct study may be useful if necessary. ...Read more

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Should I do & how much radiation CT scans for one dental implant causes vs regular chest/head CT scan or one digital tooth x ray. I am curious to know

Should I do & how much radiation CT scans for one dental implant causes vs regular chest/head CT scan or one digital tooth x ray. I am curious to know

Radiation dose chart: We only want to take the minimum number and type of x-rays or scans in order to properly diagnose and treatment plan. Without that we might either miss something or the final result might be compromised. Here is a good website for you to look at: http://www.Ans.Org/pi/resources/dosechart/. ...Read more

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Had several x rays and CT scans this year . Maybe 7 cts and 14 x rays . Is this deadly?

Had several x rays and CT scans this year . Maybe 7 cts and 14 x rays . Is this deadly?

Not deadly: It's not deadly but you should make your doctors aware of all the radiation you've recieved. The bigger question is why so many cts? Are they all really necessary? ...Read more

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Would an emergency room transvaginal ultrasound miss any signs of pregnancy at 7 weeks pregnant?

Would an emergency room transvaginal ultrasound miss any signs of pregnancy at 7 weeks pregnant?

Depends: If your dates are absolutely correct, and you have not had any irregular bleeding, and you have had regular periods in the past, then at 7 weeks gestation, an ultrasound would reveal pregnancy signs. So if the ultrasound was negative for any intrauterine or extrauterine pregnancy, usually, this is corroborated with quantitative beta hCG levels. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I took full mouth xray 3 times last 12. Months, 1 digital, 2serious regular films. Took several more individual teeath xray, is it okay to xray so much?

I took full mouth xray 3 times last 12. Months, 1 digital, 2serious regular films. Took several more individual teeath xray, is it okay to xray so much?

Generally speaking : The number of exams you describe does not seem excessive. Using www.Xrayrisk.Com your total excess cancer risk is 1 in 2.9 million. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have an abdominal CT scan while pregnant?

Is it safe to have an abdominal CT scan while pregnant?

Best to Avoid: Ct scans may provide life-or-death information under certain emergency situations and in some cases the test is unavoidable. However, the radiation exposure to a fetus can be very harmful, especially during organ development early-on. Therefore, one must have a very good reason to order the test on a pregnant woman. ...Read more

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Kidney scan and 26 weeks pregnant - is the scan safe to do while pregnant?

Kidney scan and 26 weeks pregnant - is the scan safe to do while pregnant?

Yes: Most likely they are doing an ultrasound scan, which is perfectly safe. It is the same technology that is routinely used to look at your baby during prenatal checkups. What might be harmful is an x-ray or ct scan... Which would be much less likely to be ordered for a pregnant female, and should involve a very lengthy discussion regarding the risks/benefits. ...Read more

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If urine pregnancy tests were giving false negatives and a pelvic CT scan was performed at a possible 7 weeks pregnant, would the fetus show in scan?

If urine pregnancy tests were giving false negatives and a pelvic CT scan was performed at a possible 7 weeks pregnant, would the fetus show in scan?

Precautions: The radiology place I am sure would have taken the precaution of finding if you were pregnant before doing the scan and should have used a reliable test. And yes, if you were pregnant, as long as the area of interest shows the pregnancy they should be able to see it and give you advise…but then again, it should not happen. ...Read more

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Is xray radiation used during barium swollow test more intense than a normal chest xray?

Is xray radiation used during barium swollow test more intense than a normal chest xray?

Do you: really mean radiation intensity, or radiation dose? Total average does for the barium swallow is probably about 15x the dose for a chest xray. Intensity, or strength of the xray beam, is probably about the same. ...Read more

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Is zithromax safe to use at 6 weeks pregnant?

Is zithromax safe to use at 6 weeks pregnant?

Pregnancy Category B: Yes it is safe if prescribed by your doctor, Animal reproduction studies have faled to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well controlled studies in pregnant women So it is safe ...Read more

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Is 4.1 x 5.4 x 8.7cm considered an enlarged uterus? Never been pregnant

Is 4.1 x 5.4 x 8.7cm considered an enlarged uterus? Never been pregnant

Borderline size: The uterine size is borderline normal for someone who has never had children or been pregnant. This would be absolutely normal in a patient who has had children or pregnancies. ...Read more

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Questions on a CT scan with contrast dye. Ok if pregnant?

Questions on a CT scan with contrast dye. Ok if pregnant?

Depends on the need: A ct can be used in pregnancy when absolutely necessary and when other options are not appropriate. A ct scan has a higher level of radiation exposure than other imaging methods so it is not the first choice. Mri, sonograms and even x-ray would be chosen first. In some medical conditions a ct is the best option in spite of the exposure. Make sure you discuss the reason for the ct scan with doc. ...Read more

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