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    Default X-ray at 35wks.... Safe or not?

    I got a phone call from the public hospital I will be having bub at yesterday, advising me I have an orthopedics appointment in two weeks & I'm to have an X-ray done that morning. I explained that I'll be 35wks pregnant & wasn't it unsafe, the response was I have to have it and it should be fine.

    So not happy about having the X-ray and am going to refuse it. But would like to know if it is actually safe?

    The X-ray will be of my lumber spine - they'll be specifically looking at L4, L5 & S1 vertebrae.

    As an aside I already have a private orthopedic consultant who is managing my back but because he doesn't work out of the public hospital I'm birthing at the hospital won't call him if something goes wrong with my back during the birth. So I have to see this new ortho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybump08 View Post

    The X-ray will be of my lumber spine - they'll be specifically looking at L4, L5 & S1 vertebrae.
    The fact that it's your lumber spine area, just sends alarm bells to me. I would refuse it, IMHO. Although it is the lower lumbar region, and part of the sacrum, it's still a risk- nothing may happen, but it's better to be safe than sorry. I just got an X-ray of my foot done the other day, and the woman asked if there was a chance I was pregnant, so, if they're asking about a foot (so far away from possible bub and X-ray machine wasn't near tummy), it's strange they wouldn't be hesitant to X-Ray your spine- especially in that area!

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    I work in medical radiation and I would wait until after you give birth. It is considered safer fott bub in the 3rd trimester but even so, if the benefit does not outweigh the risk it should not be performed.
    To be honest, I find it very strange they would recommend you have it done, unless it were very necessary. What will happen if you put it off for a month or so?
    I would not feel comfortable performing an exam on you if it wasn't vital to your immediate health and well being and would imagine any other radiation worker would feel the same.

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    Thank you both for confirming what I already thought. I'm not comfortable having it done, it's purely for their convenience no other reason. Yes there's a possibility I've had more damage done since being pregnant but there's nothing they can do about it until bubs is born anyway. I have previous scans (MRI, CT) plus x-rays that they could look at but apparently they are to old and they're not interested in my reports from my treating orthopaedic.

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    My understanding is that radiation from an xray affects a developing foetus and by 35 weeks bub is basically fully developed, just putting on weight. But the X-ray would want to be for a good reason for be to have it done while I was pregnant and by the sounds of it it isn't really necessary ESP since you have recent (I'm guessing) scans etc etc. I'm not sure how much they would be able to see with an X-ray in that area anyway seeing bub would be in the road.

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    Just to add some info from a clinical person. We do x-rays on newborns especially bubs born early (35weeks being not uncommon as a delivery age) we check placement of tubes on 24+ weekers and the risks are quite minimal, the risks are higher in the first trimester as the development is fundamentally important. But at 35 weeks bub is simply getting fatter and lungs are getting stronger, the standard understanding now is that it's a very small risk to have an x-ray in the third trimester as long as there are good benefits and they outweigh the risks. So if they are concerned about your safety during birth then an x-ray would be beneficial and most definitely outweigh the very minimal risks. Hope that helps :-) good luck

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    I had an xray on my broken ankle at 22 weeks, 28 weeks and 34 weeks. The specialist said it was my decision wether to have them or not. I had the worst fracture and needed to know if I had healed or needed surgery after the baby was born. They gave me the lead apron to cover me.

    As it was my ankle, the other end of my body I decide to go ahead with it but being on your spine Im not sure as it is very close to baby. If you can wait until after the birth I would probably wait.


 

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