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Foot xray in pregnancy -- is it safe?

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joesgirl Wed 07-Oct-09 14:13:22

I seem to have broken (or severly strained) my toe some months ago, and I have been holding off getting an xray done as I am still in my first trimester. Unfortunately the pain is getting worse and I will need to see a doctor soon.

Do you know if it is safe to have an xray of the foot in the second part of the pregnancy (obviously with all the needed lead protection)?

Thanks for your advice!

l39 Wed 07-Oct-09 16:53:18

If your doctor thought it was dangerous, they wouldn't do it.

I don't know if it helps at all, but when my mum went overdue with me she was x-rayed to see how big I was (very small as it happens) - without lead protection as the whole point was to see me - and I am and always have been in good health. They know better now obviously!

BulletProofMum Wed 07-Oct-09 16:59:37

Yes - they'll protect your bump.
I had my wrist X-rayed recently in early pregnancy.

mosschops30 Wed 07-Oct-09 17:01:07

Yes, I had to have a chest xray at about 20 weeks, they say after 12 weeks is better.

CMOTdibbler Wed 07-Oct-09 17:03:37

It's no problem at all, and in fact there will be no need for you to wear a lead apron either, as no radiation should be going that way at all.

I used to specialise in calculating radiation doses when ladies had had radiation exposure when they were pg, so do know what I'm talking about btw

mumsiebumsie Wed 07-Oct-09 17:15:55

That's reassuring CMOTdibbler as I had two dental xrays without a lead apron before I knew I was pregnant! Still plays on my mind but it was a very localised x-ray and subsequent research has mirrored your post.

joesgirl Wed 07-Oct-09 18:02:27

thanks a lot for the advice!

bibbitybobbityCAT Wed 07-Oct-09 18:07:08

I was not allowed to have an x-ray on my ankle when I was 10 weeks pregnant.

It wasn't an emergency (just a check up on me metal work which was playing me up at the time) and I had to wait for several weeks for another appointment.

But I would have thought that an x-ray sounds necessary in your case. You should deffo let them know and have the lead apron though.

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