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Radiation question - any radiologists out there?!

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confused70 Fri 29-Jul-16 15:14:46

OK, so I am pregnant and went to pick up something I had bought online. I went with my two young children. When I arrived the wife answered the door and asked me in. I went in and noticed a man sat a couple of metres away from us. When the wife came back she said her husband was very ill and was recovering and wasn't able to come too close because of a special scan. She gave my son who was crying a cuddle, shook my hand and then we left. I didn't think anything of it really until I was in the car (after being there about 10 minutes). Then it occurred to me that the husband might have had a radioisotope and had been radioactive. Clearly if I had known that at the start I wouldn't have gone. My questions are: (I) how much of an exposure would 10 minutes be about 2 metres away (ii) would that have any effect on the baby or my children and (iii) could the wife (who was clearly caring for her husband) have been giving off radiation as well from being around her husband and his contaminated belongings? Since then I am starting to look at every stranger I get close to and thinking whether they are radioactive too! I was thinking of getting a Geiger counter to allay my fears during my pregnancy but am worried that these may be dangerous to use when pregnant too! Please can anyone help with some informed advice? Thanks x

LolaStarr Fri 29-Jul-16 17:22:24

Im a health physics monitor, it's my job to find and deal with radiation and contamination in a nuclear plant. I really wouldn't worry. If he had been treated for prostate cancer with a radiation 'seed' he will be giving off radiation but only a small amount and certainly not enough to do you any harm. None of his belongings or his home would be contaminated, it's an internal dose and it doesn't work like that, contamination wouldn't be able to spread through the skin. His wife wouldn't have been 'giving off radiation' either. I'm pregnant and still working in an active area, you've honestly got nothing to worry about smile

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