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The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2000 December;44(4):317-24

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Radiation and pregnancy

Harding L. K., Thomson W. H.

From the Physics and Nuclear Medicine Department City Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK


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Irradiation of preg­nant wom­en ­either in the work­place or as a con­se­quence of clin­i­cal diag­no­sis is ­often unavoid­a­ble. This ­paper ­reviews the ­issues relat­ing to ­this top­ic. For clin­i­cal expo­sures the “missed ­period” ­rule is ­applied ­prior to ­most clin­i­cal stud­ies. However nor­mal phys­io­log­i­cal vari­a­tions in the men­stru­al ­cycle may ­need to be under­stood. The pos­sible ­effects of irra­di­a­tion, ­both deter­min­is­tic and sto­chas­tic, on the ­fetus are ­also ­described. The deci­sion pro­cess in rela­tion to irra­di­a­tion of a preg­nant or poten­tial­ly preg­nant ­patient is dis­cussed in ­terms of the reg­u­la­to­ry guid­ance. A dif­fer­ent ­approach is need­ed for stud­ies ­which clear­ly ­involve a low ­dose to the uter­us com­pared ­with stud­ies involv­ing a ­high ­dose, includ­ing ther­a­py. The ­issue of a preg­nant or poten­tial­ly preg­nant work­er in nucle­ar med­i­cine is ­also con­sid­ered. Restrictions on cer­tain ­work activ­ities may be nec­es­sary ­once preg­nan­cy is ­declared.
Other are­as con­sid­ered are bio­med­i­cal ­research and ­also the poten­tial for expo­sure of preg­nant wom­an in the ­home or in the work­place as a con­se­quence of oth­ers hav­ing a nucle­ar med­i­cine ­study.

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