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There are a number of different neonatal screening (newborn screening) programs in different countries testing for various "common" congenital abnormalities and infections. Perinatally the infant is tested physically for hip displasia and may have an x-ray to establish the extent of musculoskeletal abnormality. There are also a number of other systems (renal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine and genital) that can be assessed postnatally by x-ray alone or in combination with tracers or contrast agents.
Radiation is a known teratogen and can affect development, but there is ongoing discussion as to the associated fetal risk and that to maternal health of a range of conditions that are detected or analysed using x-radiation.
- Prenatal diagnosis - number of different techniques (non-invasive, invasive) for determining normal development
- Neonatal diagnosis (APGAR test, Guthrie test, Hearing test)
- Maternal diagnosis - often pregnancy will expose maternal health problems
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Congenital Hip Dislocation
(>>) right hip dysplasia is shown.
Fetal bowing and hypoplasia of the femur, tibia and fibula, and talipes equinovarus.
- X-ray Links: Fetal skeleton | Fetal skeleton abnormal | Fetal skeleton abnormal | Musculoskeletal Abnormal | Musculoskeletal | X-ray
Gastrointestinal Tract Abnormalities
A new site developed by NIH "GeneTests" provides medical genetics information resources available at no cost to all interested persons. It contains educational information, a directory of genetic testing laboratories and links to other databases such as OMIM.
Links: Gene Tests
- Hodson K, Waugh J & Nelson-Piercy C. (2011). Early life radiation exposure. Withholding imaging in pregnancy may be hazardous. BMJ , 342, d1486. PMID: 21406518
- Franco EL & Turgeon GA. (2010). Radiodiagnostic imaging in pregnancy and the risk of childhood malignancy: raising the bar. PLoS Med. , 7, e1000338. PMID: 20838652 DOI.
- Dasenbrock C, Tillmann T, Ernst H, Behnke W, Kellner R, Hagemann G, Kaever V, Kohler M, Rittinghausen S, Mohr U & Tomatis L. (2005). Maternal effects and cancer risk in the progeny of mice exposed to X-rays before conception. Exp. Toxicol. Pathol. , 56, 351-60. PMID: 15945274 DOI.
- ten Broek CM, Bots J, Varela-Lasheras I, Bugiani M, Galis F & Van Dongen S. (2013). Amniotic fluid deficiency and congenital abnormalities both influence fluctuating asymmetry in developing limbs of human deceased fetuses. PLoS ONE , 8, e81824. PMID: 24312362 DOI.
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- NIH PubMed Health Newborn Screening
- Nemours Foundation Newborn Screening Tests
- The Children's Hospital at Westmead NSW Newborn Screening
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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2023, December 2) Embryology X-ray. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/X-ray
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