AGE, SEX, WARD, AND PREGNANCY BLOCKS
Refer to the top section of the SF 519-B. You will next have to verify that the
patient's age, sex, ward, and pregnancy status have been entered (figure 4-10). The
radiologist needs the patient's age and sex to evaluate the X-rays. The ward or clinic is
needed so that the radiologist's report will go to the right place. It is absolutely essential
that you ask your female patients if they are or could be pregnant. This information will
affect how you proceed. The X-rays may be cancelled or, if the X-rays should be
necessary despite the risks to the fetus, the X-ray dosage will have to be adjusted
accordingly. A pregnancy entry is also needed to protect against possible lawsuits.
Pregnant patients should generally not be exposed to ionizing radiation. If pregnant
block indicates "yes," you should double check with the referring physician before
Figure 4-10. Age, sex, ward, pregnancy blocks.