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Safety of MRI contrast dye

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:24 am
by LadyBug41
Today i was in the waiting room about to have another MRI. I've had a bout of vertigo and my neurologist recommended having one to check for disease activity.

I came across this article:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl ... po=13.3803

It outlines the potential dangers of galadolinium. I actually thought having a MRI was unnecessary as the vertigo had resolved and i was certain it wasn't MS related. So i walked out. Didn't go through with the MRI. I just felt like I'm doing everything possible to stay well, did i really need an injection of this?

I think from now on I'll consider MRIs in the same boat as steroids. Only if really necessary.

Has anyone else heard about the potential dangers of this chemical?

Re: Safety of MRI contrast dye

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:50 pm
by Valley
Hi

I am confused and curious. I have had an mri but no injection. Did not know for some mri's you had injections.

Valley

Re: Safety of MRI contrast dye

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:35 am
by spodaddyo
Hi Valley,

Sometimes MRIs are done with an injected agent that "enhances" active lesions.

That's the chemical in question. Like a lot of things in medicine it's not with a downside and a calculation of risk and reward must be made.

I'm not well-informed on the risks but enhancing agents are not without them.

Be well,
Shannon

Re: Safety of MRI contrast dye

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:11 pm
by kappamaki
National MS Society (US), has some good info about the concerns here:

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Sympto ... #section-3

Re: Safety of MRI contrast dye

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:03 am
by Ellen
I am not comfortable over-using the contrasts either. After my first 2 MRIs the Neuro recommended
them every 3 months for the first year to have comparison data. I could see no valid reason for it and choose to go by improvement in symptoms instead. If I develop a significant concern that I want the MRI information from, I would be open to one, but I avoid them generally.

Re: Safety of MRI contrast dye

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:50 pm
by INESS
Yes I read about it too. It seems that in some cases contrast is not completely "flushed out" by your body and they found remains of it in brain. Scary, I think watching your symptoms instead is much better option. Also you can always have MRI without contrast, still it will show new lesions if there are new ones.