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Pulmonary Imaging During Pregnancy

DISHER, ANTHONY C. MD*; GEARY, FRANKLYN H. Jr MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181deaabb
Respiratory Disease in Pregnancy
Abstract

The diagnosis of pulmonary disorders associated with pregnancy is complicated by concerns about maternal/fetal radiation exposure, administration of contrast media, and medicolegal issues. This article reviews diagnostic imaging modalities, radiation exposure policy statements and provides a brief review of radiographic findings in selected pulmonary disorders associated with pregnancy. Clinicians should familiarize themselves with the benefit/risk of imaging modalities. Institution-specific imaging algorithms that minimize maternal/fetal radiation exposure are recommended. Institutional system-wide protocols would minimize confusion among healthcare providers.

Author Information

*Department of Radiology, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Correspondence: Anthony C. Disher, MD, Department of Radiology, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN. E-mail: adisher@mmc.edu

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.