Radiographs during pregnancy

Radiographs during pregnancy

Many moms have doubts about x-rays during pregnancy. There are fears that X-rays may affect the fetus because several studies have shown that intense radiation can create problems for the future baby (for example, memory or eye problems).

However, the specialists point out that most radiographs do not present risks to the fetus. The American College of Radiography said that no X-ray diagnosis affects the fetus because the radiation is low in intensity.
Most x-rays, like dental x-rays, are not a cause for concern because X-rays are low intensity and have a local effect.
Doctor Ciprian Pop-Began advises mothers about this problem: "It is true that it is useful to inform the dentist about pregnancy and that x-rays are not recommended during this period, but performing an x-ray is not a reason to interrupt the pregnancy, especially if you keep good collaboration with the obstetrician doctor in order to adequately monitor the fetal development.

What should be considered is that in the case of radiographs performed in the area of ​​the abdomen, pelvis, stomach, lower back and kidneys there is a chance of a higher exposure of the fetus to radiation.

Although the risk of the fetus being affected by X-rays is low, specialists recommend pregnant women to postpone the X-ray until birth if it is not an emergency.
The advantages and disadvantages of performing an x-ray should be weighed. It is important to remember that before you have an X-ray, you must inform your doctor that you are pregnant.