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What is an x-ray?
X-ray is nothing but electromagnetic radiation commonly used in diagnostics. It allows you to assess the condition of bones and tissues. Unfortunately, he is not indifferent to health. About 99% of radiation is absorbed by the body. May lead to cell or DNA damage.
X-ray during pregnancy
A good practice before performing an X-ray is to ask a woman if she is pregnant. This is very important because this test can be harmful to the developing fetus. However, it is not certain that pregnancy X-ray will end negatively. There is plenty of evidence in the form of personal stories that, despite having an x-ray, sometimes even multiple, pregnant, the baby was born healthy.
A lot depends on the place of exposure, the type of apparatus used and the age of pregnancy. Although modern equipment emits much less radiation than years ago, there is still a risk, especially in the early weeks of pregnancy. Even when the tooth is x-rayed and protective clothing is put on the chest, pregnancy is a contraindication to the procedure.
How can an X-ray end in pregnancy?
It is particularly dangerous to x-ray the abdomen with high doses of radiation in the first weeks of pregnancy. It may (but does not have to) result in:
- damage to the central nervous system,
- fetal damage
- abnormalities in fetal development,
- increases the risk of cancer, especially leukemia in young children.
Do not X-ray if pregnancy is suspected
For safety, it is worth performing an X-ray examination when we are sure that we are not pregnant. If there is a shadow of the risk that we may be pregnant, it is better to move the test to another date. To avoid unnecessary risk, it's best to do the test during or just after your period, especially if you're trying to get pregnant.
X-ray during pregnancy
If the X-ray cannot be waited for resolution, the examination is performed during pregnancy. Currently, modern apparatus emitting a small beam of radiation is used, in addition, future mothers use special aprons to protect the belly from radiation.
X-ray of the tooth is the least risky during pregnancy, although many dentists, even considering the low risk, do not order this examination for pregnant women. They don't want to risk ...
In most cases, future mothers are ordered other tests, mainly safe pregnancy during ultrasound.