Radiation Exposure

Radiation is an energy that is produced in the form of particles or waves. It is produced naturally by sunlight, and it is also produced by humans during X-rays, cancer treatments, and in nuclear facilities. Long-term exposure to a small amount of radiation causes gene mutations and increases the risk of developing cancer. Brief exposure for a longer period causes radiation sickness. The symptoms are nausea, skin burns, and reduced organ function. In severe cases, it leads to death.

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My wife had a chest X-ray recently and accidentally found she was 4 weeks pregnant. Will radiation exposure harm the baby??

Query: Hi doctor, My wife had a chest x-ray yesterday, and we recently found out that she is 4 weeks pregnant. During a consultation with an gynecologist in our area, we were informed that radiation from the X-ray could harmed the developing baby, particularly the eyes, ears, and brain. The doctor also men...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to inquire about the method used to confirm pregnancy. If serum beta human chorionic gonadotropin has not been conducted, it is recommended to perform the test to confirm pregnancy and its progression accurately. It is advised to repeat the test after 48 ho...  Read Full »

I am worried about the radiation exposure during CT scan. Is there any other test I can do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old female. I am generally fit and not obese. My doctor suggested a CT scan for my heart. I am worried about the amount of radiation and contrast dye I will be exposed to. Are there any other tests I can do? And is this test too critical with my other findings? Symptoms...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome on icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your medical history and would like to explain that your symptoms (migrating and pulsating pain) seems nonspecific for any cardiac issue. Also, you have no apparent coronary risk factors (your lipid profile is fine with no known hypertensio...  Read Full »

Does radiation exposure during x-ray cause cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male. I am obese with weight more than 130 kg. I got plenty of tests done in a single year. Last year, I got my CT scan of full abdomen followed by five chest x-rays. One CT scan of the brain plain and bone densitometry (DEXA) scan in June and a CT PNS yesterday. Now ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Indubhushan Sureshprasad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. X-ray and CT scan uses ionizing radiation. Though these are harmful rays, in diagnostic radiology it is generally safe for the patients. Though you have undergone many investigations it is well below the maximum allowable safe dose for the patient. Amount of radiation...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about being exposed to a lot of radiation at the age of 65?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing pulsatile tinnitus for a year. I had a CTA of the brain with and without contrast, CT of the temporal bone, and an angiogram of the brain and neck. I went for another opinion, and my doctor suggested doing a CTV of the brain and redo temporal bone CT both with and...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is quite natural to be concerned about radiation hazards, particularly when doing several scans consecutively. However, please be assured that the radiation of each scan is kept "as low as reasonably achievable" (ALARA) so that it does n...  Read Full »

Is CT scan safe during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old female, and I was hospitalized for a week due to UTI. As a part of it, a CT scan was taken, which showed that I am completely cured. Then the next day, a blood test showed two weeks pregnancy. I am worried that the CT scan would have an adverse effect on the baby. Could...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question, and I understood your concerns. CT scan has strong radiations, and it is known to have adverse effects on the fetus. You should consult a gynecologist and decide further action. Hope you found the answer helpful. Do get back to more fur...  Read Full »

I was indirectly exposed to radiation four times during a CT scan. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, A couple of days back, I had to take my aunt for a brain CT scan. The CT scan operator asked me to be in the room. They gave me an apron, but my arm and head got exposed. They asked me to hold her head steady, so I held her chin while she slid into the CT scanner. During this, my hands...  Read Full »

Dr. Varun Chaudhry

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. CT (computed tomography) scan of the head has low radiation exposure. Although your head and hands were exposed, the lead apron would have reduced the total body dose. You said it was done four times, but I am unsure if the whole scan was done four times or just ...  Read Full »

Is there any risk of radiation if HSG test is done twice?

Query: Hi doctor, Three years back, I conceived for the first time without any medicine but unfortunately the pregnancy ended up in miscarriage. Since 8 months I am trying to conceive now. The following year I got a HSG test and was informed that both my fallopian tubes were blocked. Doctor said laparoscop...  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your problem. HSG (Hysterosalpingography) is a good test. It not only will detect the block, but sometimes because of the pressure of the dye being inserted inside, the tubes sometimes open up. So, it actually at times cures the problem as well. T...  Read Full »

Can a pelvic CT scan increase my chances of having cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a lower GI and pelvic CT scan with contrast done at the age of 36 years. I fly a lot. I want kids. Did this scan harm my eggs or increase my chances of developing cancer? Nothing was found in the scan, and the MSV was 8.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. The contrast CT scan pelvis has exposed you to radiation of 8 mSv as recorded on the machine. For a 36 year old female patient, this means you are exposed to an additional cancer risk of 0.09 ...  Read Full »

Is fluoroscopy for back pain advisable at 22 weeks of pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 weeks pregnant. For my severe lumbar injury, shall I get a procedure done under fluoroscopy? Would I be able to see the baby in the fluoroscopy? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fluoroscopy is not advisable while you are pregnant and it is not recommended at all. Do take local treatment for a backache and take more rest. If constipation is there, then take proper treatment for it. This will all help in decreasing pain. If it is not avoidable, t...  Read Full »

I had CT scans and other X-rays done. Am I at a potential risk for cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. I recently had a CT scan and other X-rays done. The CT scan was of my head and neck, including contrast dye. I also had a chest X-ray done and a few other X-rays taken by a chiropractor. Outside of the annual dental X-rays, I have not had any other X-rays, b...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. I understand that your anxiety is due to having several radiology examinations, which you usually do not have. I have reviewed the dose report that you attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity...  Read Full »

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