Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Useful Adjunct in Evaluating the Abdominal Pregnancy

  • Derek J. Wong
  • David A. Turner
  • James A. Meserow
  • Bruce Silver
  • Howard T. Strassner


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in obstetrics has been limited to evaluating congenital anomalies, pelvic masses, pelvimetry and placental position. Though ultrasound will continue to be the primary diagnostic tool in evaluating pregnancy, MRI will likely have increased utilization. We report a case of abdominal pregnancy where ultrasound exam diagnosed an intraabdominal pregnancy but had difficulty in accurately localizing the placenta. MRI had an important role preoperatively in evaluating the relationships of the fetus and placenta to the abdominopelvic organs. An MRI was obtained to define the relationships between the intestines, placenta, fetus and pelvic vessels. This study facilitated our surgical approach for delivery of the fetus. Based on this experience, we feel MRI clearly has a role in detailing the anatomic relationships in the surgical approach for an abdominal pregnancy.


Obstet Gynecol Ectopic Pregnancy Maternal Obesity Abdominal Pregnancy Internal Iliac Vessel 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek J. Wong
    • 1
  • David A. Turner
    • 1
  • James A. Meserow
    • 1
  • Bruce Silver
    • 1
  • Howard T. Strassner
    • 1
  1. 1.Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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