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Is a chest X-ray safe while pregnant? In second trimester? Is a protective cover necessary on stomach? They didn't cover my belly.

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Dr. Jeremy Berman
General Practice
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In brief: Yes

One chest x-ray is unlikely to cause harm. Radiation has it's greatest effect on a fetus during first trimester when organs are developing.
Cosmic radiation of flying across the country is equivalent to about half the radiation dose of a chest x-ray. So flying from seattle to ny and back you essentially receive the same radiation as a chest x-ray. A shield is generally used during a chest x-ray.

In brief: Yes

One chest x-ray is unlikely to cause harm. Radiation has it's greatest effect on a fetus during first trimester when organs are developing.
Cosmic radiation of flying across the country is equivalent to about half the radiation dose of a chest x-ray. So flying from seattle to ny and back you essentially receive the same radiation as a chest x-ray. A shield is generally used during a chest x-ray.
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