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Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

They can.: Mutations are sometimes caused by ionizing radiation (x-rays, ct-scans) applied to the maternal abdomen/pelvis during early pregnancy (4-12 weeks, before most women realize they are pregnant!). The mechanism is damage to the embryonic dna by the radiation beam. As most pregnant women get x-rays to other parts of their body with lead apron over their abdomen, the practical risk is close to zero. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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Will getting dental x-rays affect my pregnancy?

Will getting dental x-rays affect my pregnancy?

No: As long as you take the proper precautions (lead shield and cervical collar) your baby will not be exposed to any radiation. ...Read more

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Can I have a chest xray in week six of pregnancy .Is it safe?

Can I have a chest xray in week six of pregnancy .Is it safe?

Yes: A routine chest x-ray has a very small radiation dose, the x-ray beam can be limited to just the area of the chest (collimated) to further minimize dose. Your abdominal region would be further covered with leaded shields so that only an extremely tiny dose could reach the uterus. Any risk would be difficult to quantify. I trust there is a good reason for the chest x-ray? ...Read more

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Can i get a chest X-ray at 13 weeks gestation?

Can i get a chest X-ray at 13 weeks gestation?

Yes: If you need it. The dose to the fetus would be negligible. Nevertheless, they should shield you belly during the exam. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy be detected by an xray visually?

Can pregnancy be detected by an xray visually?

Maybe: It depends on the age of fetus, as the xray would only depict fetal skeleton. This is not the way to diagnose a pregnancy however! while a single xray would not cause a bad outcome in pregnancy, it is best to avoid radiation exposure while pregnant! ...Read more

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I'm pregnant .I got pain in my back before pregnancy by 2months.They don't want to give xray before.Now i'm pregnant .Wht shall i do?

I'm pregnant .I got pain in my back before pregnancy by 2months.They don't want to give xray before.Now i'm pregnant .Wht shall i do?

Stand as straight: Up as you can, sleep on firm surface, no heavy lifting, x-ray would probably tell you nothing! unless you have had trauma ; not even then in some cases. ...Read more

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How early can u see a pregnancy on xray/ultra sound?

How early can u see a pregnancy on xray/ultra sound?

About 6-7 weeks : Depending on the first day of your last period usually we see a pregnancy around 6-7 weeks (we see a thickening of the uterus lining first around 4 weeks, then a sac with fluid with a little dot (fetal pole) around 5 weeks. If we look with a transvaginal ultrasound we see it around 6-7 (with heartbeat). If you are not sure about dates we do a bhcg; 1500 transvaginal, 2500 abdominal ultrasound. ...Read more

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After HSG Xray is there any possibility to get the tube more open if there had some blockage & therefore chance of pregnancy will increase?

After HSG Xray is there any possibility to get the tube more open if there had some blockage & therefore chance of pregnancy will increase?

Treatment by Gynecol: If there is a blockage in the salpinx (Fallopian tube), then theoretically relieving the blockage will increase the odds of fertility; however it depends on the cause of the blockage. Scarring from infection affects the FUNCTION as well as the strcture of the tube, & so relieving the blockage may not help. Talk to Gynecologists about the issue; they should b able to guide u towards better fertilit ...Read more

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pregnant in fifth month,in the first 2 or 3 weeks of pregnancy i took dostinex (cabergoline) tab,drank alcohols\cigarettes\had chest xray on week1or 2,any harms?

Tough to say: All these things are certainly NOT recommended when pregnant, but there have been many other examples of women doing the same types of things, and the babies have been fine. Time will tell, and be sure to keep regular appointments with your OB/GYN, stay healthy, and be well. Best wishes. ...Read more