When you’re pregnant and we recommend a form of radiology imaging or diagnostic imaging, you may have some questions. Aren’t X-rays and radiology potentially harmful to unborn children? The answer is not as definitive as you may think.
It takes a substantial dose of radiation to induce a risk of birth defects.
Routine diagnostic exams like x-rays only utilize a low dose of radiation, so it’s highly unlikely that your baby will be exposed to threatening levels of radiation during simple procedures.
Even so, We take extreme precautions when it comes to pregnant women, especially during the first trimester. In general, pregnant women will not undergo MRI radiology unless it is absolutely necessary. We will also consult to decide on what course of treatment is best for both you and your baby.
Radiology imaging that does not involve exposure to the lower pelvic region is generally considered safe.
Radiology imaging can be used to save lives, but it’s important to understand the risks involved. There is likely nothing more important to a pregnant woman than the health and well-being of her baby, and while irresponsible or unnecessary radiation exposure can result in serious birth defects, doctors and radiologists will work with a pregnant patient to ensure the health and safety of both lives.