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Fear of the unknown: ionizing radiation exposure during pregnancy.
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PMID:  22244469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Ionizing radiation during pregnancy can negatively impact a fetus. In light of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan, we discuss existing knowledge on the health effects of radiation and preventive measures for pregnant women. Overall, the risk of exposure to radiation is limited but severe defects can result from fetal radiation exposure >100 mGy equivalent to 10 rad (>1000 chest x-rays). While such high-level exposure rarely occurs during single medical diagnostic procedures, caution should be exercised for pregnant women. As a protective public health measure in light of a disaster, evacuation, shielding, and elimination of ingested radioactive isotopes should all be considered. Detailed radiation reports with health effects and precautionary measures should be available for a population exposed to more than background radiation.
Authors:
Reinou S Groen; Jin Y Bae; Kyoung J Lim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-6868     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Surgeons OverSeas, New York, NY; Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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