Trauma CT of 17/40 pregnancy

Discussion:

There is a concern of potential harm to the developing foetus that causes precautionary practice to be put in place when imaging a pregnant patient.

In the context of trauma, a benefit to risk perspective is necessary to properly care for the injured pregnant patient. The degree of medical benefit needs to outweigh the risks of radiation.

While the dose of a CT scan is not insignificant, it is often well below any potentially harmful foetal absorbed dose thresholds outlined by the ACR and can be limited and optimised accordingly.1

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