Anderson, answering a question from a concerned patient with kidney problems, said that some MRI scans can include contrast agents such as gadolinium in order to enhance the overall image. The contrast agents are generally injected into patients through an intravenous line in the hand or arm, Anderson said.
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According to Anderson, there is no effective treatment for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, which "triggers thickening of the skin, organs and other tissues."
As a result, Anderson encourages patients with kidney problems to consult their doctors prior to undergoing an MRI, as a different imaging test could potentially be selected.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis can "involve the joints and cause significant limitation of motion within weeks to months in some cases."