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MRI with Gadolinium – Better to be Safe than Sorry?

MRI with Gadolinium – Better to be Safe than Sorry? June 19, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: The FDA in December 2017 recommended that repeated use of MRIs with gadolinium contrast dye be minimized wherever possible, and when MRIs are taken closely together in particular. It’s like a Catch-22: an MRI can detect cancer but it can also pose certain risks -- is it better to be safe than sorry?
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“I was a Gadolinium Guinea Pig,” says Woman Diagnosed with Kidney Problems

“I was a Gadolinium Guinea Pig,” says Woman Diagnosed with Kidney Problems April 17, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Boulder, CO: Nicole had over two dozen MRI’s with gadolinium contrast dye before she discovered the risks and side effects associated with this heavy metal – side effects the FDA has known of since at least 2007, when it slapped a black-box warning on all gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI, detailing an increased risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis with kidney-disease patients.
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Take the MRI, Hold the Gadolinium

Take the MRI, Hold the Gadolinium February 27, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Tampa, FL: Studies have shown that a host of conditions are characterized by retention of gadolinium, and the proven retention of this heavy metal in brain tissue has been named “gadolinium storage condition”. Armed with these facts, Virginia says she refused to have a second MRI with contrast dye and her radiologist was okay with that.
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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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