Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2582-0931)

Review Article Volume 4 Issue 7

Polytrauma in Pregnant Patients US, CT or MRI

Behar Toçilla*

Radiologist, Advanced Imaging Department, American Hospital of Tirana, Albania

*Corresponding Author: Behar Toçilla, Radiologist, Advanced Imaging Department, American Hospital of Tirana, Albania.

Received: March 17, 2020; Published: June 10, 2020

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Abstract

The pregnant patient presenting with trauma in emergency departments are challenging for the clinicians and radiologist. We will try to stress some key aspects of the imaging approach of pregnant trauma patients, beginning with some general information and a pictorial review of the recommended modalities that we can use facing this situations. Ultrasonography plays an important role in initial evaluation of the fetus with a limited role in evaluation of maternal injuries, but anyway it’s still first choice. Conventional radiography and computed tomography are the “workhorse” modalities for evaluation of pregnant trauma patients. Knowing the principles of their work radiologists must pay particular attention to radiation dose concerns. Magnetic resonance imaging is not the first modality for initial evaluation but for follow-up imaging. Radiologists must be familiar not only with the typical imaging features of injuries that are seen in other trauma patient but also with pregnancy-specific injuries, such as placental abruption, uterine rupture and a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Although pregnant trauma patients are infrequently encountered, familiarity with imaging findings of injuries in these patients is essential to providing the best care for the mother and fetus.

Keywords: Polytrauma; US; CT; MRI

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Citation: Behar Toçilla. “Polytrauma in Pregnant Patients US, CT or MRI". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.7 (2020): 08-14.



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