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Safe X Ray Pregnancy
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 recently had a mammogram. The techn. took 1 or 2 additional x rays at the mammogram.Why? Can I get cancer due to additional x rays taken at the mam?
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
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
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
Extremely constipated. Doc ruled out obstruction via x Ray and ct scan. He said take 4 doses of Miralax daily and I can take it daily. Is this safe?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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