a Surgeons OverSeas, New York, NY
b New York University, New York, NY
c Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
d Department of Genitourinary Radiology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Kangdong Seong-Sim Hospital, Republic of Korea
Received 21 August 2011. Revised 18 October 2011. Accepted 6 December 2011. Available online 11 December 2011.
Ionizing radiation during pregnancy can negatively impact a fetus. In light of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan, we discuss existing knowledge on the health effects of radiation and preventive measures for pregnant women. Overall, the risk of exposure to radiation is limited but severe defects can result from feta