Magnetic resonance imaging of abdominal pain during pregnancy

Julia R. Fielding, Brian M. Chin

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The objective of this review is to demonstrate magnetic resonance imaging as an important adjunct to ultrasound and computed tomography in the evaluation of the pregnant patient with abdominal pain. With the advent of ultrafast T2-weighted pulse sequences, fetal and bowel motion cause minimal artifact on the images. An accurate diagnosis can often be made in a few minutes based on these high-contrast images performed in 2 or 3 planes. T1-weighted gradient echo images with and without fat saturation are useful for identifying blood and fat, especially in the case of adnexal masses. Gadolinium-diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid is rarely used to diagnose inflammatory or obstructive disease and is reserved for those patients with suspected malignancies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-416
Number of pages8
JournalTopics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Appendicitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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