MRI Intravenous Contrast Safety: UPDATE

Recent media publications have outlined possible dangers of MRI contrast injections containing gadolinium and it’s potential for deposits in the human body.

At Radius we use a macrocyclic contrast agent, a type which is deemed safe due to a stable chemical makeup which results in less likelihood of gadolinium being released and deposited in tissues.

More information can be found here:
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Do I need an injection of contrast dye during my scan? Why?

Some MRI scans may require you to have an injection of a contrast dye called Gadolinium, which used to assist the radiologist to look at parts of your body such as blood vessels and organs. You will be advised of the possibility of this injection at the time of booking.

The injection of contrast is given through a fine needle or cannula placed in your arm just before the images are taken, and has no side effects.

Is the contrast dye safe?

At the time of booking you may be asked for medical history such as allergies, kidney problems and blood test results to check it is safe for you to have the dye. The medical imaging technologist will prepare you for this injection and go through a consent form and any questions you may have when you are taken through for your MRI scan. Although it is called a ‘dye’ the contrast is clear, and not radioactive.

What happens after I’ve had the contrast dye?

There are no side effects and you are able to eat and drink as normal following your scan.


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