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Assessing Health Implications of the Potential Radiation Exposure in the Community During Pregnancy: A Case Study



Abstract

The unintentional radiation exposure can have significant implications. We present a case of a 30-year-old pregnant female who was exposed to a potentially radioactive rock for over a one week period during her 13th week of pregnancy. After an arduous process of obtaining activity measurements, the most conservative estimate of dose, the female was exposed to, was found to fall within the permissible limits. We briefly describe the literature on fetal radiation toxicity levels and discuss logistical issues faced in managing such cases.



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Assessing Health Implications of the Potential Radiation Exposure in the Community During Pregnancy: A Case Study


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Jordan Wong Corresponding Author

Department of Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre

Haley Clark

Department of Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

Robert Corns

Department of Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

Scott Tyldesley

Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre


Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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  • Author Information
    Jordan Wong Corresponding Author

    Department of Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre

    Haley Clark

    Department of Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

    Robert Corns

    Department of Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

    Scott Tyldesley

    Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

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    Article Information

    Published: October 12, 2017

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.1770

    Cite this article as:

    Wong J, Clark H, Corns R, et al. (October 12, 2017) Assessing Health Implications of the Potential Radiation Exposure in the Community During Pregnancy: A Case Study. Cureus 9(10): e1770. doi:10.7759/cureus.1770

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: August 24, 2017
    Peer review began: August 30, 2017
    Peer review concluded: September 29, 2017
    Published: October 12, 2017

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    Wong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

The unintentional radiation exposure can have significant implications. We present a case of a 30-year-old pregnant female who was exposed to a potentially radioactive rock for over a one week period during her 13th week of pregnancy. After an arduous process of obtaining activity measurements, the most conservative estimate of dose, the female was exposed to, was found to fall within the permissible limits. We briefly describe the literature on fetal radiation toxicity levels and discuss logistical issues faced in managing such cases.



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Jordan Wong, M.D., Resident Physician

Department of Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre

For correspondence:
jordan.wong@bccancer.bc.ca

Haley Clark

Department of Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

Robert Corns

Department of Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

Scott Tyldesley, M.D., Professor

Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre

Jordan Wong, M.D., Resident Physician

Department of Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre

For correspondence:
jordan.wong@bccancer.bc.ca

Haley Clark

Department of Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

Robert Corns

Department of Medical Physics, BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

Scott Tyldesley, M.D., Professor

Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre