A CT scan is a technique that involves using a computer to merge many X-ray images to create a cross-sectional, three-dimensional representation of the body's interior organs. Many pregnant women are concerned about the risks of having a CT scan and the potential side effects.
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Non-obstetrical illnesses or emergencies in pregnant women can sometimes need the use of CT scans and these conditions include renal colic, appendicitis, hemorrhagic ovarian cysts, ovarian torsion, pulmonary embolism, and trauma. In many cases, CT scans are extremely valuable for diagnosis, and they may be the only way to get a clear picture of the illness.
Risks associated with getting a CT scan
A CT scan exposes you to radiation at a slightly higher level than regular x-rays and pregnant women should not have CT scans unless the advantages outweigh the hazards of exposing the fetus to radiation.
Here are some concerns about getting a CT scan during pregnancy
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1 A CT scan uses ionizing X-ray radiation that is slightly higher than the radiation we are exposed to daily which can cause harm to the fetus.
2 Due to the carcinogenic and teratogenic effects of ionizing radiation, CT scans during the first trimester of pregnancy pose more harm to the developing fetus.
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