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Letters Early life radiation exposure

Withholding imaging in pregnancy may be hazardous

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1486
  1. Kenneth Hodson, academic clinical fellow in obstetrics and gynaecology1,
  2. Jason Waugh, consultant in maternal medicine2,
  3. Catherine Nelson-Piercy, professor of obstetric medicine 3
  1. 1Northern Deanery, UK
  2. 2Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  3. 3King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  1. kenneth.hodson{at}

Failure or reluctance to image pregnant women contributes to maternal mortality.1 Rajaraman and colleagues state that x ray imaging of mothers during pregnancy increases the risk of childhood cancer and leukaemia.2 However, the risk is small and not statistically significant. Although controls were similar for many identified confounding factors, …

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