Imaging in pregnancy

Kelly-Ann Eastwood, Aarthi R Mohan

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Key content:
•The appropriate use of imaging in pregnancy is necessary for prompt investigation and management of acute and chronic medical symptoms.
•Healthcare professionals should consider carefully which imaging modality and scanned area of interest will yield maximum diagnostic information.
•The use of shielding techniques significantly reduces the dose of ionising radiation exposure to the fetus.
•Theoretical concerns regarding magnetic resonance imaging use in pregnancy have not been demonstrated in human studies.
•Gadolinium contrast should be avoided in pregnancy unless the maternal benefits outweigh fetal and neonatal risks.

Learning objectives:
•To review the safety of different imaging modalities in pregnancy.
•To understand the risks and benefits of various imaging techniques in pregnancy.
•To review the investigations required to image common medical symptoms encountered by obstetricians.

Ethical issues:
•Do obstetricians adequately counsel women regarding safety of imaging in pregnancy to enable them to give informed consent for the procedure?
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Early online date07 Aug 2019
Publication statusEarly online date - 07 Aug 2019


  • imaging
  • obstetric
  • pregnancy
  • radiation
  • safety

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