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Sometimes as patients we assume that doctors, physicians, and radiologists are all knowing. However, it is important to be an advocate for your own care and safety. As many of you may know, gadolinium has been in the spotlight for its potential hazards. While some may recommend contrast for your MRI scan, as a patient, it is your choice whether or not to consent to contrast imaging. So the next time you are getting a MRI exam, ask your healthcare provider whether or not contrast is necessary and what are some alternatives.

In addition, you may want to ask your physician which gadolinium based contrast agents (or GBCAs) will be used if you do undergo a MRI scan with contrast. Listed are GBCAs that are FDA approved by their brand name: Ablavar, Dotarem, Eovist, Gadavist, Magnevist, MultiHance, Omniscan, OptiMARK, and ProHance. As a advocate for your own safety, take heed if you are not recommended a FDA approved GBCA. 

At Sound Imaging, MRI safety is our top priority. This is why we take our MRI services, like MRI repairs and MRI installations, seriously. As helpful and life-saving a MRI scan can be, nothing is without its risks. Another option to making your MRI facility the safest around is with SAMM System, the MRI CCTV camera system that allows for comprehensive viewing of the MRI room, or SAMM MD, with comes with sophisticated motion-detection software for increased safety. 

This is an adapted article. To learn more about the FDA stance on GBCAs, please visit their site. Picture is taken from this online source.

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