MRI evaluation of acute appendicitis in pregnancy

Catherine Dewhurst, Peter Beddy, Ivan Pedrosa

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In recent years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become a valuable diagnostic tool for evaluation of acute abdominal pain in pregnancy. MRI offers an opportunity to identify the normal or inflamed appendix as well as a variety of other pathologic conditions that can masquerade clinically as acute appendicitis in pregnant women. Visualization of the normal appendix by MRI virtually excludes the diagnosis of acute appendicitis and may help reduce the negative laparotomy rate in this patient population. Here we discuss a comprehensive MRI protocol for evaluation of pregnant women with abdominal pain, focusing on the appearance and location of the normal and diseased appendix, and we describe an approach to diagnosing acute appendicitis and other conditions with MRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-575
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • MRI
  • appendicitis
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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