Fluorography during pregnancy
Fluorography during pregnancy is one of the most popular topics for discussion. And this is quite understandable, because it is a small, defenseless child, and whether it should be subjected to such procedures. As is known, x-ray irradiation negatively affects both cells and tissues of the body. And since in the process of fetal formation the cells are divided constantly, and as the various structures of the body continuously develop, how can one accurately know, what exactly does fluorography affect at the moment? Therefore, the direction of a doctor for fluorography in many pregnant women causes excitement, because how can one not worry about whether this procedure will damage the fetus and what are its consequences?
Fluorography is one of the most common methods of medical examination, with the help of which it is possible to identify both hidden diseases of the respiratory tract and pathological changes in the cardiovascular system. Thanks to this method, diseases can be identified in the early stages of pregnancy and, accordingly, in time to begin the treatment needed.
Fluorographic examination of healthy people is recommended not to take place more than once a year, because when it passes into the body gets a certain dose of radiation. That is why many future mothers refuse fluorography, fearing the negative consequences of its effect on the fetus.
Fluorography in pregnancy? Harmful or not?
And, true, to pregnant women, fluorography should be prescribed only as a last resort? if there is no way to avoid it. Such cases can be possible infection with tuberculosis, inflammation of the lungs and other dangerous diseases requiring an X-ray examination.
Doctors often argue that pregnant women should not be afraid of fluorography at all, because at its carrying out very small doses of X-rays are allocated. And do not forget that the radiation is sent to the chest area, which in theory should not have any opportunity to affect the organs of the small pelvis.
Fluorography in early pregnancy
Radiographic examination during pregnancy is prescribed strictly following medical indications, and is carried out solely under the supervision of a doctor. Safe for the fetus can be called fluorography, conducted after the 20th week of pregnancy: at this time all the vital organs of the baby are already formed.
But it is not uncommon for a woman, a few days after passing the fluorography, to find out that she is in the 2-3 week of pregnancy. It turns out that the fluorography was carried out at the earliest stages of pregnancy. What to do in this case?
Indeed, in early terms, if possible, fluorography is best avoided: the fetal cells at this time are actively divided, and therefore the impact on them of X-rays is now extremely undesirable.
If a woman who is in early pregnancy, fluorography is still needed, she has every right to use a special shielding apron.
As mentioned above, many doctors claim that thanks to modern technologies, fluorography during pregnancy can be carried out without harming the health and development of the baby. This opinion is confirmed by the fact that the body at fluorography receives a minimum dose of radiation, unable to exert any influence on the formation of the fetus. In addition, the devices used to conduct fluorographic examinations are equipped with a special built-in lead apron that protects the uterus, and the pelvic organs during this procedure. And the uterus itself is located far enough from the lungs, in connection with which it does not face any exposure.
In addition to this, it should be noted that the fluorographic films "possess" increased sensitivity, and the ionizing radiation of the apparatus is reduced to a minimum. All this, taken together, makes it possible to conduct a fluorographic examination during pregnancy without causing any harm to the health of the future mother and her baby.
And yet, despite the above, fluorography to pregnant women should be avoided (of course, as far as possible). If all the same it was carried out, then after the examination it is always possible to consult a geneticist. In addition, if the gestation period does not exceed 12 weeks, For a thorough examination of the fetus and its organs, ultrasound can be performed. As a rule, the results are in most cases positive: there is no data on the provocation of any anomalies in the development of the fetus by fluorography.