Pregnancy Screening before Diagnostic Radiography in Emergency Department; an Educational Review

Journal Title: Archives of Academic Emergency Medicine - Year 2017, Vol 5, Issue 1


In modern medical practice, there is an increasing dependence on imaging techniques in most medical specialties. Radiation exposure during pregnancy may have serious teratogenic effects to the fetus. Therefore, checking the pregnancy status before imaging women of child bearing age can protect against these effects. Lack of international regulations and standard protocols exposes the patient to unexpected fetal radiation effects and the health professionals to medicolegal suits. Recently, the American Academy of Radiology and the European community of Medical Ionizing Radiation Protection released national guidelines regarding pregnancy screening before imaging potentially pregnant females. However, different methods of pregnancy screening exist among different radiology centers. This review aims to discuss the most recent guidelines for imaging females of childbearing age and highlight the need for an international regulation to guide pregnancy screening before diagnostic radiation exposure.

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  • EP ID EP338231
  • DOI 10.22037/emergency.v5i1.15243
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(2017). Pregnancy Screening before Diagnostic Radiography in Emergency Department; an Educational Review. Archives of Academic Emergency Medicine, 5(1), 60-.