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Pregnant Women (Diagnostic Techniques)

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales, in the light of increasing recent evidence of the risks to children born to women who have been X-rayed during pregnancy,s if he is satified as to the free and easy availability of safer diagnostic techniques that are accepted as competent alternatives to the use of radio-diagnosis, such as ultra-sound, in all Welsh obstetric centres.

I am satisfied that health authorities are aware of the importance of not X-raying women who are known to be, or could be, pregnant unless this is the only way to obtain vital clinical information. Ultra-sound equipment is available in all major obstetric units in Wales.