All female patients of child bearing age are questioned about menstrual history and possibility of pregnancy by the technologist as part of pre-procedural history collection. This information is documented on the requisition form. The patient must also sign the Pregnancy Test Waiver Form if the exam is for an abdomen, chest, pelvis X-ray/CT or nuclear medicine study.
Females who suspect they may be pregnant and who are scheduled for a nuclear medicine procedure and/or radiology exams that would deliver radiation to the reproductive organs and/or fetus should have a pregnancy test performed prior to undergoing any radiology procedures.
If you are pregnant, the technologist will help you complete an Informed Consent Form for Pregnant Patients upon arrival to the department.
If the radiology procedure allows, the pregnant patient will be shielded to protect the fetus during the X-ray exposure. In the event that shielding will interfere with the study, the referring physician will be contacted to discuss the procedure with the patient before starting the study.
Pregnant patients who are apprehensive about the procedure should speak with their physician regarding medical risks versus the benefits.