MRI for clinically suspected appendicitis during pregnancy

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2004 Sep;183(3):671-5. doi: 10.2214/ajr.183.3.1830671.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether MRI can be used to accurately diagnose or exclude appendicitis in pregnant patients with clinically suspected appendicitis.

Conclusion: Our results suggest that MRI is helpful in the examination and diagnosis of acute appendicitis in pregnant patients. MRI may therefore be a good alternative to CT in pregnant patients for whom sonographic findings are nondiagnostic.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Appendicitis / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Reproducibility of Results