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I like to propose a topic. I would like to know what other hygienist do when they need to take x rays and they are pregnant. Thank.



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While pregnant the standard rules of avoiding the primary beam (the primary beam travels in a straight line) and standing at least 6 feet from the tubehead apply. I’ve not heard of any issues of pregnancy and taking radiographs. You can always get a radiation dosimeter badge to help ease your conscious. If you must stand closer than 6 feet, use a lead apron on yourself. My sister worked clear up until the day she went into labor, taking radiographs everyday, and I have a very healthy nephew! What you want to avoid is nitrous oxide; I’ve heard of many miscarriages due to exposure.

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I am currently pregnant, about 7 weeks along. Kara is right. My doctor said there is absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t take films on my patients. I just make sure I am at least 6 feet away and I have a dosimeter badge.

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