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X Ray Shielding When Pregnant
I had 4 x rays at the dentist without wearing a shield and now I am worried what will happpen to my 2 weeks unborn baby. Didn't know i was pregnant?
No problem!: The amount of radiation reaching your womb from dental x-rays even without a lead apron is negligible and comparable to the cosmic radiation you are exposed to daily just like everyone else. No need to fret and worry - take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and best of luck with your new pregnancy! ...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
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 6 more doctor answers
No: The small dose of radiation in x-rays do not cause birth defects. In fact, most diagnostic imaging studies do not expose the fetus to enough radiation to cause birth defects. It is still prudent to shield the pelvis and abdomen in any case if the imaging needs to be done and the area to be imaged does not include where the baby is. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am six weeks pregnant and need an emergency root canal. I've heard that x-rays aren't safe when pregnant. I'm sure not what to do.
The only type: of X-rays that pose a practical concern to the fetus would be when there is direct radiation to, or near, your pelvis. For example, a pelvic CT scan. With dental X-rays and shielding utilized when appropriate, there is essentially no increased radiation exposure to the fetus. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers