Ectopic Pregnancy

Preliminary Diagnosis: Ectopic Pregnancy

I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis?

The first line imaging modality is a Gray Scale and Color Doppler sonographic evaluation of the pelvis (transvaginal and/or transabdominal).

II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosing ectopic pregnancy.


  • Sonographic imaging does not expose patients to ionizing radiation.

  • Sonographic imaging is a highly portable imaging modality.

  • Sonographic imaging offers exquisite detail of the vascularity of the ovaries, uterus, and any potential ectopic pregnancies.

  • Sonographic imaging is the gold standard in evaluating for an ectopic pregnancy.

  • Sonographic imaging helps evaluate for any secondary complications from ectopic pregnancy.

III. What are the contraindications for the first-line imaging technique?

No specific contraindications to sonographic imaging exist.

IV. What alternative imaging techniques are available?

No specific alternative imaging techniques are available.

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