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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?

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 more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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What risks are associated with having x-rays while pregnant?

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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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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Hello, I would like to receive some information about the x-rays during pregnancy.

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I would like to receive some information about the x-rays during pregnancy.

Not sure exactly: what you are asking. Ultrasound is safe as well as MRI. After 14 weeks, regular xrays can be used s well. ...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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Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

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 more

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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.

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 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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Pregnant 1st month , will travel airlin. Do u think the x-rays devices in the airport have arisk to the fetuse،specially 1st month is genatic grow?

Pregnant 1st month , will travel airlin.  Do u think the x-rays devices in the airport have arisk  to the fetuse،specially 1st month is genatic grow?

Don't worry: Most airports do not use backscatter x-rays. The detectors they use most often are using magnetic fields to detect metal. The one that does use x-rays uses such a low dose that you should not worry. One general use backscatter scan radiation dose = 0.01 mrem one day of natural background radiation = ~ 1 mrem (10 backscatter scans) average commercial airplane flight (one way) = 4 mrem. ...Read more

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I'm 3 weeks pregnant. I'm in dental school. I have been taking x-rays this past month. I didn't know i was pregnant. Do you think it affected the baby?

I'm 3 weeks pregnant. I'm in dental school. I have been taking x-rays this past month. I didn't know i was pregnant. Do you think it affected the baby?

Probably not: If proper x-ray technique was followed, all the things you were taught in radiology, both you and the baby should be just fine. Congratulations! and if it's a boy, "arnold" is a great name. ...Read more

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I work in a dental office & take x rays on patients i plan to become pregnant soon. Should i wear a lead apron or just step back enough from exposure?

I work in a dental office & take x rays on patients i plan to become pregnant soon. Should i wear a lead apron or just step back enough from exposure?

Taking x-rays: If you have to ask this question then it becomes apparent that you should not be taking x-rays at all both for your safety as well as the safety of your patients. Taking x-rays involves the use of ionizing radiation and only qualified and trained personnel should be taking x-rays on patients. Research your state licensing requirements and certified courses for proper training. ...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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At 6 weeks pregnant had to have a root canal. Then i had to go to an endo because it was complex. She said the x-rays are dangerous and won't finish?

At 6 weeks pregnant had to have a root canal. Then i had to go to an endo because it was complex. She said the x-rays are dangerous and won't finish?

Tx during pregnancy: Obviously you may get a difference of opinion from different dentists. I personally strongly believe that you should have an endodontist confer first with your ob\gyn and then the three of you agree to what is best for both you and your unborn child. In over 40 years of practice, I have never had an ob\gyn advise against necessary treatment as long as proper precautions are followed. See comment:. ...Read more

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

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

Yes: Yes it is. The x-ray tech should give you a lead apron to place over your belly to protect the baby, and the amount of radiation used for dental x-rays is relatively low. The deep cleaning should not affect your baby at all. In fact, many dentists recommend dental cleaning during pregnancy, because the change in hormones can make your gums more susceptible to gum disease. ...Read more

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Since June 18, I have been taking Alprazolam .25 mcg. My Last menstruation was on May 16. I got two x-rays done and found out today that I am pregnant. Will it have any effect on the baby?

Since June 18, I have been taking Alprazolam .25 mcg. My Last menstruation was on May 16. I got two x-rays done and found out today that I am pregnant. Will it have any effect on the baby?

Xanax (alprazolam): No need for over concern since the xanax (alprazolam) dose is low & u intervened early. Work with your doctor on coming off of the medications & monitoring your pregnancy. Wish u well. ...Read more

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Pregnant and need abdomen xray, so can they use radiation shields?

Pregnant and need abdomen xray, so can they use radiation shields?

Yes: Early stages of pregenancy in general doctors avoid x-rays , will order only indicated, radiation exposure is very minimum, if ordered will cover with lead shields, exposing only part that need to be x-rayed. ...Read more

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Can a xray tell if you are pregnant or not?

Can a xray tell if you are pregnant or not?

No: Either blood tests or an ultrasound when the pregnancy is large enough can confirm pregnancy. an Xray could be dangerous to a pregnancy so you would never want to look that way ...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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Is it unhealthy to have a xray if you are pregnant?

Is it unhealthy to have a xray if you are pregnant?

Depends on X-Ray: Most x-rays can be safely performed during pregnacy by shielding (putting a lead apron) over the abdomen block any x-ray scatter. These include dental, chest and bone x-rays. X-rays of the abdomen can be performed if the health f the mother may be compromised if they are not performed for diagnosis. The technique is modified to reduce x-ray exposure. A ct scan for appendicitis for example. ...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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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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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