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Is it ok to get a chest X-ray in the first trimester?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 doctors agree

In brief: If necessary

Any type of test that exposes you to radiation (x-ray, cat scan) should generally be avoided in pregnancy.
If such a test is medically necessary, the abdomen should be shielded with a lead apron to prevent exposure to the baby.

In brief: If necessary

Any type of test that exposes you to radiation (x-ray, cat scan) should generally be avoided in pregnancy.
If such a test is medically necessary, the abdomen should be shielded with a lead apron to prevent exposure to the baby.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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Dr. Christopher Powers
In the first trimester, the uterus is still a pelvic organ, i.e., it still hasn't risen much above the pubic bone. Agree with adequate shielding, a chest xray will be no problem.
Dr. Edward Druy
Radiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Only if needed

Your uterus will be sufficiently shielded with lead aprons so the fetus will not be exposed to radiation, but as a general precaution you should only have the x-ray if it is needed to diagnose a serious illness such as pneumonia or extreme shortness of breath.

In brief: Only if needed

Your uterus will be sufficiently shielded with lead aprons so the fetus will not be exposed to radiation, but as a general precaution you should only have the x-ray if it is needed to diagnose a serious illness such as pneumonia or extreme shortness of breath.
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Dr. Tahir Chauhdry
If you need a Chest X Ray...if not..don't get it. However, an abdominal shield is adequate.
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Risk vs benefit

If the chest x-ray diagnoses a pneumonia that needs treatment and you can be safely shielded then the x-ray is warranted.
You could also have a life threatening pneumothorax...The point is that you and your doctor have to balance risk and benefit.

In brief: Risk vs benefit

If the chest x-ray diagnoses a pneumonia that needs treatment and you can be safely shielded then the x-ray is warranted.
You could also have a life threatening pneumothorax...The point is that you and your doctor have to balance risk and benefit.
Dr. Carl Decker
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: No one would

Provide a chest xray if they knew you are pregnant.
Why? There is exposure to the developing embryo, which while small, is at a critical and active time of development. There is "some chance" of harm to the embryo, and some chance that you would lose the pregnany regardless of the x-ray, so unless extremly necessary, no x-ray exposure during pregnancy at any trimester.

In brief: No one would

Provide a chest xray if they knew you are pregnant.
Why? There is exposure to the developing embryo, which while small, is at a critical and active time of development. There is "some chance" of harm to the embryo, and some chance that you would lose the pregnany regardless of the x-ray, so unless extremly necessary, no x-ray exposure during pregnancy at any trimester.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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