Radiation Exposure Should Be Minimized

Often we can be diagnosed, whatever the condition, without the use of xrays. But in pregnancy we want to avoid unnecessary testing. Radiation exposure over the years increases cancer risks in us, and in the sensitive developing fetus that is more true. The numbers of x rays that would be safe to have in pregnancy is not firmly established. We generally say for dental x rays for instance, shield the baby and you can have the test.  So how safe are x rays? As I said, we don't know exactly, but here's a great table to compare one x ray test to another from one medical organization.


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