Imaging of Acute Abdomen in Pregnancy

Ashish Khandelwal, Najla Fasih, Ania Kielar

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Abstract

The approach to imaging in pregnancy is unique, as it is essential to minimize radiation exposure to the fetus. Ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging are the chief modalities for evaluation of the pregnant patient with abdominal pain. Use of computed tomography should not be delayed when there is a need for early diagnosis. This article discusses test selection and underlying reasoning, with a description of common imaging features of different causes of acute abdominal pain in pregnancy. Also discussed are current evidence-based recommendations for the use of iodinated and gadolinium-based contrast agents and the importance of patient counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1005-1022
Number of pages18
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Acute Abdomen
Abdominal Pain
Pregnancy
Gadolinium
Acute Pain
Contrast Media
Counseling
Early Diagnosis
Ultrasonography
Fetus
Tomography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Radiation Exposure

Keywords

  • Abdominal trauma
  • Acute abdomen
  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Cholecystitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiation exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Imaging of Acute Abdomen in Pregnancy. / Khandelwal, Ashish; Fasih, Najla; Kielar, Ania.

In: Radiologic Clinics of North America, Vol. 51, No. 6, 01.11.2013, p. 1005-1022.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Khandelwal, Ashish ; Fasih, Najla ; Kielar, Ania. / Imaging of Acute Abdomen in Pregnancy. In: Radiologic Clinics of North America. 2013 ; Vol. 51, No. 6. pp. 1005-1022.
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