Undetectable death of embryo

# Undetectable death of embryo occurs during first few days of conception when exposure range is:
A. 0.1 – 0.3 Gy
B. 0.4 – 0.7 Gy
C. 0.8 - 1 Gy
D. 1 – 3 Gy

The correct answer is: D. 1-3 Gy.

Exposures of 1 to 3 Gy during the first few days after conception are thought to cause undetectable death of the embryo because many of these embryos fail to implant in the uterine wall. The period of organogenesis, when the major organ systems form, is 3 to 8 weeks after conception. The most common abnormalities among the Japanese children exposed early in gestation were reduced growth that persisted through life and reduced head circumference (microcephaly), often associated with mental retardation.

Ref: Oral Radiology, Principles and Interpretation, 7th E Page No. 25


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