Imaging during pregnancy: What the radiologist needs to know
Diagn Interv Imaging . 2021 May 28;S2211-5684(21)00117-0. doi: 10.1016/j.diii.2021.05.003. Online ahead of print.
Charis Bourgioti, Marianna Konidari, Sofia Gourtsoyianni, Lia Angela Moulopoulos
During the last decades, there has been a growing demand for medical imaging in gravid women. Imaging of the pregnant woman is challenging as it involves both the mother and the fetus and, consequently, several medical, ethical, or legal considerations are likely to be raised. Theoretically, all currently available imaging modalities may be used for the evaluation of the pregnant woman; however, in practice, confusion regarding the safety of the fetus often results in unnecessary avoidance of useful diagnostic tests, especially those involving ionizing radiation. This review article is focused on the current safety guidelines and considerations regarding the use of different imaging modalities in the pregnant population; also presented is an imaging work-up for the most common medical conditions of pregnant women, with emphasis on fetal and maternal safety.
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