MRI of Acute Abdominal and Pelvic Non-obstetric Conditions in Pregnancy

Amandeep Ahluwalia, Mariam Moshiri, Akshay Baheti, Sachin Saboo, Puneet Bhargava, Douglas S. Katz

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Purpose of Review: The evaluation of abdominal and pelvic pain in the pregnant patient presents unique challenges due to altered physiology and implications of radiation exposure on the fetus. In many instances, a radiologist must consider the potential risk of fetal injury from ionizing radiation and maintaining diagnostic quality imaging. This article will focus on the role of MR imaging and its applications in a variety of acute abdomen and pelvic non-obstetric conditions potentially affecting the pregnant patient. Recent Findings: Non-contrast MR imaging is routinely employed in the presence of an initial equivocal ultrasound. However, MR is playing an increasingly more important role in the imaging of the pregnant patient, potentially surpassing the utility of conventional imaging techniques. Summary: As radiologists become more comfortable interpretating abdominal and pelvic MRI, MR will play a bigger role in imaging the pregnant patient in the emergency room, in the years to come.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number25
JournalCurrent Radiology Reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Abdominal pain
  • Appendicitis
  • Emergency
  • MRI Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pelvic emergencies
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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