GI emergencies in pregnancy

Author(s): Dr E Ni Mhurchu, Dr A Cahalane, Professor D Malone

Hospital: St Vincent's University Hospital

Reference: RAD Magazine, 41, 478, 25-26

Excerpt: 

Imaging modalities play an increasingly prominent role in modern medical practice and the pregnant patient is not immune to injury or illness requiring investigation. This particular cohort of patients poses an additional dilemma for radiologists and clinicians given the risk associated with fetal exposure to ionising radiation and contrast.

Utilising non-ionising imaging methods is the first step in minimising fetal radiation exposure. Ultrasound is considered the default modality for imaging during pregnancy with no significant adverse fetal associations demonstrated, although caution is advised with regard to the use of Doppler ultrasound given the high intensities that can result.

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