Pregnancy

Information explaining protection measures to employ if you become pregnant is provided during the Radiologic Technology program orientation. Should you become pregnant, the decision to declare your pregnancy is considered to be voluntary. If you choose to declare pregnancy, the declaration must be in writing and document the estimated time of conception. Upon notification of pregnancy, University of Saint Francis faculty will provide you with further information and counseling.

If you become pregnant while enrolled in the clinical portion of the Radiologic Technology program, you will have the following options for progression:

  1. Voluntary Declaration
    • Voluntarily declare the pregnancy to the Department of Radiologic Technology in writing and submit a statement from your physician stating the estimated date of conception. You will continue in the program while meeting all program technical standards.
    • Upon receipt of this statement, you will be required to purchase a second personnel radiation monitoring device to be positioned under the protective apron at waist level. This badge will be labeled fetal dose. The fetal dose shall not exceed 50 mrem/month throughout the gestation.
  2. Voluntary Non-Declaration
    • Voluntary non-declaration of pregnancy to the Department of Radiologic Technology in writing allows you to continue in the program while meeting all program technical standards.
    • Due to the non-declaration of pregnancy, no additional radiation monitoring device will be used.
  3. Leave of Absence
    • If you are unable to meet the program’s technical requirements, you will be subject to the terms outlined in the department’s leave of absence policy.
    • All prerequisites and co-requisite requirements of the program curriculum must be met.
    • Absence of more than one year will require you to reapply to the program. Consideration will be given to previous coursework successfully completed.

If you are pregnant, you should follow acceptable practices of radiation protection, specifically:

  1. ALARA (as low as is reasonably achievable) and principles of radiation protection
  2. Minimize exposure time
  3. Maximize distance
  4. Use available shielding
  5. Do not turn back to X-ray while wearing an apron, or wear a wrap-around apron.

These practices will be reviewed with you and documentation of the review will be placed in your permanent student file.