Essentially, there are two perspectives on radiation and pregnancy… the exposure of patients who are or may be pregnant, and occupational exposure of workers who may be pregnant.


NOTE: The decision as to whether and how an x-ray procedure may be modified, deferred, or performed at all is a clinical decision, to be made by the qualified practitioner who weighs the benefits versus risk of x-ray exposure in management of a disease process. The list below presents some considerations that may or may not be applicable in certain situations.


Additional information related to this subject may be found in NCRP Report #53, Review of NCRP Radiation Dose Limit for Embryo and Fetus in Occupationally-Exposed Women , and NCRP Report #54, Medical Radiation Exposure of Pregnant and Potentially Pregnant Women.

The NCRP is located at: National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 800, Bethesda, MD 20814-3095. (301) 657-2652. Their internet site is NCRP.com.

Another resource is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission section of the Code of Federal Regulations, 10 CFR Part 20.1208. The NRC also may be located on the Internet, at Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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