The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has identified a radiation limit of 0.5 rem for fetal exposure. The reason the NRC has established this limit is to protect the embryo/fetus from unnecessary radiation levels that may put the developing baby at risk.
The Department of Radiography is committed to working with students who choose to declare a pregnancy while enrolled in the program. The decision to declare a pregnancy is completely voluntary and the student may revoke in writing the declaration of pregnancy at any time.
The student who elects to declare pregnancy must complete the Declaration of Pregnancy Form and submit the form to the Department Chair or Clinical Director. The declaration form data includes an estimation of date of conception and anticipated due date. The form includes a statement indicating that the declared student is aware of the risks of radiation and that dose equivalent limit to the embryo/fetus for each month of pregnancy is 0.5 mSv (5.0 mSv or 0.5 rem for entire pregnancy).
Once a student declares pregnancy, a fetal monitor badge will be supplied to the student and fetal exposure will be monitored throughout the pregnancy or until such time as the student revokes the declaration.
Students who declare pregnancy may elect one of the following program modifications:
Students who do not disclose a pregnancy are assuming all risks associated with continuing in the program and progress through the program will not be modified.
Policy modified March 2011