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Why Is X Ray Not Good For Pregnant Women
Depends on dosage: We cannot say x-rays are "safe". However, we can say that it is appropriate for physicians or providers to order one with a shield if the benefit of the information outweighs the risk. (the risk/benefit must be considered before giving medications to pregnant women also.) it is better if ultrasound or MRI can be substituted for a single plain x-ray; fluoroscopy should be avoided. Ask about dosage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Depends: If the part being studied does not include the pregnancy then the abdomen can be shielded and virtually no radiation will be delivered to the fetus. While most diagnostic exams will not have any immediate effects there is always a concern for increased risk of inducing malignancies in the future for the irradiated fetus. Least radiation is always preferable if possible. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Emergency, yes: In an auto accident or suspected non-abdominal injury, x-rays can be done. Ask for a lead abdominal shield and notify the treating entity that you are pregnant. The same is true for dental x-rays. Ohterwise, avoid x-rays especially in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to avoid developmental fetal problems. ...Read more
My dr said I have a 4cm ovarian cyst. I'm 5 months pregnant. She wants x-rays. I'm super nervous/scared. Should i be worried?
Yes.: Another question to ask is, is it safe to have dental diseases like decay, periodontal disease, abscesses, etc during pregnancy? Untreated dental disease can affect the health of the mother and fetus. Therefore, x-rays help the dentist diagnose such conditions. Make sure your dentist uses a lead apron with a thyroid collar for precautionary exposure measures. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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