What to Expect When They are Expecting: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Acute Abdomen and Pelvis in Pregnancy

Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2017 Nov-Dec;46(6):423-431. doi: 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2016.12.007. Epub 2016 Dec 15.


In this article, we discuss the challenges in the diagnosis of acute abdominopelvic pain in pregnant patients, role of imaging, and advantages of MRI over other modalities. Methods consist of pictorial review. We review the differential diagnoses and illustrate the MRI findings in pregnant patients with acute abdominopelvic pain, including gastrointestinal, gynecologic, urologic, and vascular etiologies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / diagnostic imaging
  • Abdomen, Acute / diagnostic imaging*
  • Abdomen, Acute / physiopathology*
  • Acute Disease
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Pelvic Pain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pelvic Pain / physiopathology*
  • Pelvis / diagnostic imaging
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pregnancy Complications / physiopathology