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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Is the MRI Contrasting Agent Gadolinium Safe? (Part 1)

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When a doctor orders an MRI with contrast, gadolinium is usually the contrasting agent used. Gadolinium is injected into the patient’s vein after the radiologist takes the first round of MRI images. This helps the radiologist receive sharper, more readable images.
In the case of multiple sclerosis (MS), the images taken with a contrasting agent highlight inflammation. The highlighted areas can show new or active lesions on the brain and the spine.
Gadolinium offers extra insight into our body’s condition. But is it safe? That question is part of a growing debate in the MS community.
Recent findings have shown that in some cases, the body can retain gadolinium in its tissues and brain for years.     - Continue Reading
                      
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