Saturday, April 14, 2012

Q: 28 year old female with previous history of postpartum cardiomyopathy is again admitted to ICU with 28 weeks pregnancy and shortness of breath. Cardiology service wrote for Cardiac MRI. Nusre needs your input on safety in view of pregnancy? 

 Answer: Cardiac MRI is safe to perform after first trimester of pregnancy. So far, there is no evidence found that MRI is dangerous to a fetus. Only precaution required is to avoid MRI contrast in pregnant patients. 

Also, Cardiac MRI is safe with coronary stents, joint replacements, sternal wires, and prosthetic heart vales.

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