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Radiation, contrast media, and the pregnant patient

Rank, Wendi MSN, RN, CNRN, CRNP

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000423825.47499.b7

Patients and healthcare providers often become anxious over the prospect of radiation exposure during pregnancy. But is it really as dangerous as we think? This article explains the potential complications of radiation exposure in pregnancy, as well as contrast use during pregnancy and lactation.

Wendi Rank is a staff nurse at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, N.J.

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The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.

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