Frequent Questions

What should I do if I am pregnant and need to get an x-ray?

The first thing you should do is tell your doctor if you are, or might be, pregnant. Discuss together if the need for the procedure outweighs the potential risk to the fetus. If the procedure is necessary, ask about the use of shielding (like a lead apron) and ways to modify the procedure to limit the radiation exposure to the fetus.

The following are questions you can ask your health care provider:

  • Is this test necessary?
  • Is there a test that would give the same information (benefit) without the use of radiation or with a lower dose of radiation?
  • Can shielding be used to minimize exposure to the fetus?
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