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Abdominal computed tomography during pregnancy: a review of indications and fetal radiation exposure issues.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20102690     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article reviews the radiation risks to the developing fetus when exposed in utero to diagnostic radiological procedures. The discussion focuses primarily on abdominal computed tomography as this is the examination that delivers the highest radiation dose to the fetus among the diagnostic radiological procedures performed during pregnancy. The review describes the common indications for abdominal computed tomography, the biological risks to the developing fetus, radiation dose, and dose modulation techniques as well as the need for establishing a pregnancy policy to guide performance of radiological investigations in pregnancy.
Mahesh K Shetty
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-01-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in ultrasound, CT, and MR     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0887-2171     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Ultrasound CT MR     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-15     Completed Date:  2010-03-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8504689     Medline TA:  Semin Ultrasound CT MR     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fetus / radiation effects*
Radiation Dosage
Radiography, Abdominal* / adverse effects
Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / adverse effects

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