MRI in pregnancy

Can I do an MRI during pregnancy?

Is it possible to do an MRI during pregnancy?

Magnetic resonance imaging is the study of human organs, which consists in the action of a strong magnetic field on it. MRI has almost no effect on the course of pregnancy. It can be performed for the diagnosis of maternal diseases and careful examination of the fetus.

MRI can be assigned as a separate study of the fetal condition or as a study that clarifies the results of ultrasound. MRI enables you to determine the pathology of the baby's future, neoplasms, learn their parameters and precise localization. Thanks to magnetic resonance imaging, it is possible to diagnose disorders of the central nervous system, hernia, intestinal malformations and so on.

Future moms have an MRI scan of the brain or spine. And if a woman is afraid of large devices during pregnancy, then a brain examination can be done on an open device. In this case, only the head is loaded into the tomograph.

How does an MRI pass? Before the start of tomography, you should remove metal objects, ornaments and electronic devices. After that, the woman lays down on the research desk. He enters the tunnel of a tomograph. Inside this unit there is a special bell, intended for pressing in the event that there is discomfort or other bad feelings. The duration of the procedure is approximately 40 minutes. At this time, the tomograph makes a rhythmic tapping. It's loud. That's why patients wear special headphones. The results of MRI are given to the patient the next day.

Indications for MRI in pregnancy

that at will the future mother of such a study can not pass. For him, specific indications are required, agreement with the attending physician and specialist MRI. Sometimes they resort to it in order to avoid X-rays, since this method is safer. Indications for MRI can be as follows:

  1. The presence of fetal pathologies.
  2. Violations of the internal organs of the mother and the future child.
  3. Clarification of indications for abortion.
  4. Confirmation (refutation) of the diagnosis, delivered by analysis. It can be tumor formations.
  5. Impossibility of ultrasound examination due to obesity of the future mother or unsuccessful position of the baby in the last trimester.


MRI is not recommended to do until 12 weeks of pregnancy. After all, in this period the fetus is planted. The kid at this time is most susceptible to the negative influence of the environment. During the work of the scanner, a lot of heat is released, it is too noisy, so in the absence of special indications, this study is best postponed until the second or third trimester of pregnancy.

For MRI, there are general contraindications. This is the presence of pacemakers, spokes and dentures in the body, the presence in the body of metal endoprostheses, the weight of a person over 200 kg.

Claustrophobia is a special contraindication, and it is important during the bearing of the child. After all, it is difficult to foresee how the female organism reacts to a stressful situation.

Any study during pregnancy should be appointed by the attending physician or agreed with him. An obstetrician-gynecologist will never prescribe an examination capable of inflicting at least the slightest harm to a future mother and her baby. During this important period, the woman is selected for sparing and safe methods, which enable her to accurately diagnose illnesses and take the necessary protective measures in time.

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