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of 'Approach to acute abdominal pain in pregnant and postpartum women'

Magnetic resonance imaging for the evaluation of acute abdominal pain in pregnancy.
Beddy P, Keogan MT, Sala E, Griffin N
Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2010 Oct;31(5):433-41.
The investigation of acute abdominal pain in pregnancy is challenging. The use of ultrasound may be limited due to the patient's change in body habitus and computed tomography is not desirable due to fetal irradiation. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has thus become increasingly popular in the evaluation of such patients, due to its lack of ionizing radiation, multiplanar capability and high contrast resolution. This review will detail the MRI technique required to image the pregnant abdomen and describe the MRI features of common causes of acute abdominal pain in pregnancy.
Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA. pbeddy@eircom.net