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Forum > Radition During Pregnancy: Radiation During Pregnancy
Colonscopy and CT Scan in Pregnancy

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Date: 2003-03-17

Question:
I am 10 weeks pregnant. I had an operation for colon cancer last year. I need to know the risk factors in getting testing done colonoscopy & ct scan.

Answer:
You should speak with both your obstetrician and surgeon. You may want to be referred to a perinatologist (obstetrician that specializes in high risk obstetrics). In general colonoscopy carries no added risk in pregnancy. A CT scan has some radiation involved. If it is indicated then it should be done as the risk is low, but not clearly defined. It would be best to wait until the second and third trimesters to perform if it is just a routine test. Ultrasound may be another option for testing the liver. Consult your doctor.

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