Can I get an MRI while I'm pregnant?
Becoming pregnant is sometimes the most exciting time in a woman's or couple's life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Pregnancies carry more than just a baby, they carry a multitude of questions along with them as well. Knowing what foods to eat, how to best prepare for the delivery, and what prenatal care is the best are just a few of the many concerns that come to mind for those who are expecting.
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 though, sometimes ultrasounds cannot produce a clear enough image if a problem does arise. This means an MRI may need to be used.
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. The radiation of an MRI is low enough that it does not pose a threat to a patient, that included pregnant patients and the little patients in their womb.
So to answer the common question: yes, you can get an MRI while you're pregnant. If an MRI is needed for a pregnant mother, we would recommend that she get one.