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Side effects of CT scan for preemie infant include radiation and learning disabilities?

Side effects of CT scan for preemie infant include radiation and learning disabilities?

Doubt connection: Any learning disabilities suffered by a premi that survives most likely represent factors that precipitated premature delivery & the need for resuscitation & intensive care, not the ct scan. Last year my patient, "littlest angel" (14oz @ birth) graduated from the honors program at baylor in 3 yrs.It didn't slow her down. She never got real tall but she is quite a survivor. ...Read more

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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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?

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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I used to sit my cellphone in my babies car seat and turn on white noise to help him sleep . Now I worry I exposed him to too much radiation! true?

I used to sit my cellphone in my babies car seat and turn on white noise to help him sleep . Now I worry I exposed him to too much radiation! true?

Don't know yet...: Some studies suggest that there is an increased risk of brain tumors with excessive use of cell phones, while other studies do not agree. I think the jury is still out on whether this type of exposure can lead to any health problems. However, even if there is an increased risk, the overall risk of a problem because of this is still very low. ...Read more

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Can head CT scans in an infant cause radiation and learning disabilities?

Can head CT scans in an infant cause radiation and learning disabilities?

Not exactly: A ct is by definition 'radiation', since it is a series of xrays computer reconstructed as sliced pictures of body tissues. It doesn't cause radiation but exposes the person to radiation. Modern ones may expose one to an amount similar to a transcontinental flight over the usa. Repeat exposure is a current topic of concern, but no specific learning disorder has been identified as connected to this. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of colon radiation on my child's health?

Are there long-term effects of colon radiation on my child's health?

I'm puzzled..: Is your child receiving abdominal radiotherapy, perhaps for neuroblastom or wilm's tumor? Or, are you receiving external beam and wonder if it affects your child? If the former, there can be small intestine problems, but unlikely at dose used. If it is your radiotherapy, you expose your child to no hazzard, and you do not bring any radiactivity out of the facility with you. ...Read more

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I'm expecting a baby, and high levels of radiation were detected near my home.Am i at risk?

I'm expecting a baby, and high levels of radiation were detected near my home.Am i at risk?

I would not worry mu: Un less there is an accidental exposure to radiation from a well known source, i would not be too concerned about radiation in your home and surroundings. Babies are well protected by nature..So very little can get to them while they are inside your abdomen. ...Read more

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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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Which is best way to minimize your child's exposure to radiation?

Which is best way to minimize your child's exposure to radiation?

Avoid midday sun: The biggest radiation source is the midday sun. When the sun is at it's highest intensity, it's a good time to cover up, go inside, find shade, etc. Also, imaging can cause notable radiation exposure. Not so much from xrays but from ct scans. Especially for those with small children, be judicious with head ct scans. If they bump their heads, observation for 6 hours is just as effective. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have my baby around people who are going thru radiation?

Depends: There is standard beam radiation that patients get to a specific field, which is fine for anyone to be around after a treatment. There is also radiation rods that can be implanted (prostate) and if so i would avoid having a kid sit in the patients lap during the treatment period. ...Read more

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Is there an age where it becomes safe to give my child a cell phone because of the radiation?

Is there an age where it becomes safe to give my child a cell phone because of the radiation?

Not the problem: Research seems to show that radiation is not a problem. Problem is screen time. Children should be limited to less than 2 hours/day of total screen time. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of baby radiation exposure?

What are the symptoms of baby radiation exposure?

The first: Issue would be potential source of exposure. There is natural background exposure, medical exposure and inadvertant exposure. Total bidy radiation causes symptoms depending on dose. The most lethal is CNS syndrome -seizures, GI - massive emesis, diarrhea, then bone marrow, causing aplastic anemia. ...Read more

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Does any radiation from a xerox machine affect my unborn baby?

No: Xerox machine do not emit radiation that is harmful to you are your unborn baby. The only radiation that copy machines emit is light. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a person receiving radiation treatments hold a child?

Please tell me, could a person receiving radiation treatments hold a child?

Depends: There is standard beam radiation that patients get to a specific field, which is fine for anyone to be around after a treatment. There is also radiation rods that can be implanted (prostate) and if so i would avoid having a kid sit in the patients lap during the treatment period. ...Read more