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Is it safe to get x-rays while pregnant?

Is it safe to get x-rays while pregnant?

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 more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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How safe are dental x-rays if I am pregnant?

How safe are dental x-rays if I am pregnant?

Use Lead apron: They are safe only if a lead apron is used to cover the abdomen if you are or suspect that you might be pregnant to avoid fetal alterations during development. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with having x-rays while pregnant?

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

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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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Can pregnant woman have xray done?

Can pregnant woman have xray done?

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

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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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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?

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?

Ultrasound: I would recommend following the cyst with ultrasounds. Most cysts in young women are benign and can be followed during pregnancy without the concern for needing surgical intervention. What are the ultrasound characteristics of the cyst? ...Read more

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Is it safe to have teeth x-rays and cleaning when you're pregnant?

Is it safe to have teeth x-rays and cleaning when you're pregnant?

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 more

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