Beyond ultrasound: CT and MRI of ectopic pregnancy

Linda Y. Kao, Meir H. Scheinfeld, Victoria Chernyak, Alla M. Rozenblit, Sarah Oh, R. Joshua Dym

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. Although ultrasound is the primary modality used in the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy, various forms of this condition and their complications may occasionally be further evaluated with MRI or may be incidentally detected on CT or MRI when an alternative diagnosis is suspected. CONCLUSION. Various types of ectopic pregnancy have characteristic imaging features. Radiologists should be familiar with these features and should always consider the possibility of ectopic pregnancy in the setting of hemoperitoneum or a pelvic mass in a woman of child-bearing age. Familiarity with the typical CT and MRI appearances of various forms of ectopic pregnancy facilitates prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)904-911
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume202
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • CT
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • MRI
  • Pelvic mass
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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