Pregnancy and x-rays

  1. Hi nurses,
    I have a situation here. Right after I graduated I started working in the pain management field for many years. Got married and ended up moving to another state with my husband. We are looking to have a baby soon. I am being offered a position in pain management but I am aware that 70% of my day is in a flouroscopy room!! I do want to keep working and I feel that because of my lack of experience its going to be hard to find a job in another field. I don't want to decline the offer but at the same time I really want to get pregnant.
    I wish there was someone out there that could open my eyes and guide me a little bit. Or what is my next step if trying to get a job out of pain management? Please help me.
    Thank you so much.
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   somenurse
    I don't know much about the current safety measures for working around fluoroscopy, but, couldn't you just wear a "gonad apron" as we used to call them, (which actually, was much like an ordinary 'cooking' apron, covering entire abdomen, except hugely heavy). Seems like a good idea to do this even while just trying to conceive, in the event you are only a day or so pregnant.

    also, slightly off topic, but, i always insisted i get a "thyroid" cover, as well, and was always stunned so few others did that. For real, i'd often be only one in the room wearing one, and the thyroid is so sensitive to radiation.. BUT This was a while ago, though, perhaps nowadays those thyroid covers are more commonly used by all.

    but, hopefully, someone who knows just what safety measures are needed, will be by. You also might consider posting this question in one of the Specialty subgroups:

    Radiology Nurses:

    Pain therapy nurses:
    (the OR nurses might know a thing or two about proper safety radiation measures during pregnancy, too)

    good luck!!
    Last edit by somenurse on Feb 7, '13
  4. by   Rose_Queen
    Pregnant nurses/ surg techs in the OR where I work are not exempted from working in rooms using fluroscopy. I'm pretty sure it's the same for cath lab/ interventional radiology folks. They are to continue wearing lead and their regular dosimeter badge, and a second dosimeter badge is provided which is to be worn under the lead at waist level. Unless you are in these rooms without lead (and OSHA/radiology safety officer would LOVE to know that so it can be remedied), you should be fine. Of course, you should discuss your concerns with your physician/NP/midwife, as they are the ones who know you and your medical history.