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Pregnancy Policy

During the first semester in the medical imaging program, all students will be taught basic radiation protection procedures. These instructions will include enough background so that female students will be able to understand the possible biological risks of ionizing radiation to the embryo and fetus. Female students shall read the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) guide #8.13 on possible biological risks to the fetus and embryo and sign an acknowledgement form stating that they understand these risks. NRC guide #8.13 and the acknowledgement form are found in the appendices of the MIM handbook. The signed forms will be placed in the female student’s CLC files.

  1. Students may voluntarily inform the department chair and the radiation safety officer in writing should a pregnancy occur during the educational period. The pregnancy then becomes declared. Student may rescind pregnancy declaration at any time in writing to the department chair.
  2. The possible risks to the embryo and fetus shall be reviewed and the review documented and signed by the radiation safety officer and the student. The student will then be referred to the department chair for discussion and documentation of pregnancy options.
  3. The student will decide and the program director document one of the following options:

    1. A leave of absence may be taken until the birth of the child. All medical imaging grades will be recorded as withdrawn (W) if the student grades are acceptable at the time. This will permit the student to return with no penalty. Student acceptance to clinical facilities depends upon availability of sites.
    2. The student may continue in the program upon the written recommendation of the student’s obstetrician or prenatal agency which has the student under its care. In this case, two badges will be used, one worn at the collar and on top of the apron during fluoroscopy and one worn on the belt and under the apron during fluoroscopy to record the student exposure and the fetal exposure respectively. Should recorded fetal exposure increase to 500 mrem or be received at a rate greater than 50 mrem per month at any time during pregnancy, the student will be required to take a leave of absence. See (1). All course objectives and rotations shall be equivalent to any and all students enrolled in this particular course. Adherence to policies 1-4 should eliminate almost all fetal exposure. Other counseling on radiation protection procedures shall be done as needed.
    3. The student may terminate the program. The college medical imaging program will counsel students, but has no responsibility for the decisions made by students regarding educational choices if they become pregnant during the educational period.