"Doctor, will that x-ray harm my unborn child?"

CMAJ. 2008 Dec 2;179(12):1293-6. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.080247.


Exposure to ionizing radiation can be a source of anxiety for many pregnant women and their health care providers. An awareness of the radiation doses delivered by different techniques and the acceptable exposure thresholds can help both patients and practitioners. We describe exposure to radiodiagnostic procedures during pregnancy and suggest an approach to assess the potential risk.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Radiation-Induced
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fetus / radiation effects*
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiography / adverse effects*
  • X-Rays / adverse effects