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In a pregnant patient presenting with abdominal pain and suspected appendicitis, an initial ultrasound should be performed to exclude obstetric causes for abdominal pain. MRI may be a reasonable next study if it is immediately accessible and radiologists with expertise in MRI interpretation are available. Otherwise, CT should be utilized.