Pregnancy often comes along with various questions with the baby and mother's safety involved. While many common questions involved what not to eat and how active to be, mothers-to-be may be concerned about which medical procedures they can undergo.
Pregnancy and MRI's
In the diagnostic imaging world, we get lots of questions too--one of the most common being: can I get an MRI while I'm pregnant? It's hard to know what the right thing to do is, but we are here to help.
When a woman is pregnant, we don't only have to worry about the health of the baby in the womb, but we also have to take care of the carrier of the child. Usually, people correlate ultrasounds as being the only imaging technique needed in pregnancy. Unfortunately, sometimes ultrasounds cannot produce a clear enough image if a problem does arise. This means an MRI may need to be used for the best image quality.
Why MRI's Are Safe
Some critics say that the radiation may pose a threat to the baby, but thousands of pregnant mothers have received MRI’s over the years with little to no threat to the baby's health. Fortunately, MRI's do not emit any harmful radiation so they are safe for mother's and their babies.
In conclusion, yes, you can get an MRI while you're pregnant. If your doctor recommends an MRI scan, you are safe to do so. An OMRI might be able to provide a better image of the womb as opposed to an ultrasound. Choosing an open MRI scanner will ensure you are comfortable during your scan. If you have any questions about MRI's, feel free to ask us!