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MRI of the Acute Female Pelvis

  • Joseph W. Owen
  • Christine O. Menias
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Abstract

Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can be used as a primary or secondary modality in the evaluation of acute pelvic pain in women. MR avoids the ionizing radiation exposure of computed tomography (CT) and provides a larger field of view with greater detail than ultrasound. This chapter first addresses practical considerations including scanner strength, intravenous gadolinium contrast use, and essential MR sequences. Then pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and ovarian torsion are reviewed with an emphasis on the MR imaging findings. At the end of this chapter, the reader should be able to structure an MR protocol, implement it in an emergency department setting, and recognize the common causes of acute pelvic pain on MR.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyMayo ClinicPhoenixUSA

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