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FDA Approves New MRI Contrast Agent

FDA Approves New MRI Contrast Agent April 12, 2011. By Charles Benson.
Wayne, NJ The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new MRI contrast agent called Gadavist for people having the imaging conducted on their central nervous system, HealthDay News reports.
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New Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent Approved

New Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent Approved March 26, 2011. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved another MRI contrast agent that contains gadolinium, despite a black box warning alerting patients to the risk of MRI contrast side effects. The new MRI contrast agent will also include the warning about the risk of gadolinium kidney failure, although the FDA reports that it is thought to have a lower risk of MRI kidney damage than other contrast agents.
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MRI Kidney Isn't the Only MRI Health Risk

MRI Kidney Isn't the Only MRI Health Risk March 10, 2011. By Gordon Gibb.
Calgary, AB Risks involving MRI kidney and the impact MRI contrast agents have on patients suffering from kidney disease have been a concern over the last few years. Contrast agents containing gadolinium, which helps technicians produce a clearer picture, can cause harm if not expelled from the body efficiently following an MRI procedure. That's the kidney's role. When a patient suffering from kidney disease or kidney failure is given an MRI contrast agent, MRI dialysis is required to prevent the onset of horrific adverse reactions.
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Lawsuit against General Electric over MRI Health Risks Settled

Lawsuit against General Electric over MRI Health Risks Settled February 11, 2011. By Charles Benson.
Cleveland, OH A last-minute settlement was reached recently in a lawsuit against General Electric over the relationship between its drug Omniscan and MRI health risks, the Frederick County Times reports.
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MRI Health Risks beyond the Contrast Agent

MRI Health Risks beyond the Contrast Agent January 29, 2011. By Gordon Gibb.
Cleveland, OH Various MRI risks, such as MRI contrast side effects directly impacting the kidney (contrast agent toxicity resulting from poorly performing kidneys, which some refer to as MRI kidney), is not the only risk associated with magnetic resonance imaging. Patients with pacemakers can also experience MRI health risks, which leaves a doctor with somewhat of a conundrum—the risk of ordering an MRI on a patient with an implanted defibrillator v. eschewing the MRI and risking ill health stemming from whatever the MRI was intended to identify and isolate.
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MRI Health Risks—Contrast Dye Burn

MRI Health Risks—Contrast Dye Burn January 19, 2011. By Jane Mundy.
Oxford, MN Jennifer had a pacemaker implanted a few years ago and needed to have an MRI beforehand. She'd had MRIs before, and had no idea there were any MRI health risks. But this time was different. "As soon as the radiologist said, 'The contrast dye is coming through now,' my arm started to burn, and it became unbearable," said Jennifer (pictured below).
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MRI Safer Than CT, but MRI Health Risks Remain for Some

MRI Safer Than CT,  but MRI Health Risks Remain for Some December 23, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives you a recommendation, you take the ball and run with it. That's in effect what Bracco Imaging SpA has done, given the issues surrounding MRI contrast side effects and the potential health issues for those suffering from kidney disease or other kidney dysfunction.
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Mayo Clinic Gives Advice on MRI Health Risks

Mayo Clinic Gives Advice on MRI Health Risks December 13, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Jacksonville, FL Dr. Carl F. Anderson of the Mayo Clinic explains that it is important to know the type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) being conducted in order to know if there are any MRI health risks.
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MRI NSF: Patients with Renal Insufficiency at Risk

MRI NSF: Patients with Renal Insufficiency at Risk December 7, 2010. By Heidi Turner.
Des Moines, IA It has only been in the past 10 years or so that MRI contrast side effects have become more widely known, specifically the risks associated with the use of certain MRI contrast agents in patients with kidney failure. In some patients, MRI health risks include a risk of developing nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a potentially fatal condition with no known treatment.
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First Bellwether MRI Health Risk Trial Starts in January

First Bellwether MRI Health Risk Trial Starts in January November 25, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Akron, OH 2011 may turn out to be a bellwether year for anyone suffering from the effects of MRI contrast side effects, with the announcement that the first bellwether trial regarding the alleged link between gadolinium and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is scheduled for January.
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