Pregnancy (Policy .15)
Information explaining protection measures to employ if pregnant is provided during the program's orientation. The decision as to whether a female student declares pregnancy is considered to be voluntary. Should a student declare pregnancy, the declaration must be in writing and document the estimated time of conception. The Program faculty, upon notification of student pregnancy, will provide further information and counseling to the student.
Students that become pregnant while enrolled in the clinical portion of the program have the following options available for progression.
- Voluntary Declaration
- Voluntarily declare the pregnancy to the Department in writing and submit a statement from their physician which states the estimated date of confinement and the student continues in the program while meeting all program technical standards.
- Upon receipt of this statement, the student 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.
- Voluntary Non-Declaration
- Voluntary non-declaration of pregnancy to the Department in writing and the student continues in the program while meeting all program technical standards.
- Due to the non-declaration of pregnancy no additional radiation monitoring device will be utilized.
- Leave of Absence
- Pregnant students that are unable to meet the program's technical requirements are subject to the terms outlined in the department's leave of absence policy.
- All pre-requisites and co-requisite requirements of the program curriculum must be met.
- Absence of more than one year will require the student to reapply to the program. Consideration will be given to previous coursework successfully completed.
The pregnant student should follow acceptable practices of radiation protection, specifically:
- ALARA and principles of radiation protection
- minimize exposure time
- maximize distance
- utilize available shielding
- do not turn back to x-ray while wearing apron or wear a wrap around apron.
These will be reviewed with student and documentation of review placed in the student's permanent file.