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It seems like gadolinium can't get out of the spotlight when it comes to MRI news and research. A recent study in the the RNSA Radiology journal notes that traces of gadolinium can be passed from mother to child if the contrast agent is administered during a MRI scan. 

The study did not test on humans, but used Gravid rhesus macaques, who were tested in another study as well. The primate subjects were kept in well-cared for settings and were not mistreated in the process to animal law standards. During gestation, the primates underwent an MRI scan with contrast. 

The research found that 7 months after delivery, small trace amounts of gadolinium concentrate were found in the infant macaques. While there were very small amounts shown in multiple tissue samples, this study did show that the contrast agent persists after delivery. 

What does this mean for the imaging community? It is worth to note that gadolinium has come under scrutiny a number of times. But is this just over amplified hype or a subject worth better safety standards? 

At Sound Imaging, we take MRI safety seriously. While you don't need to worry about MRI contrast agents with us, we maintain a high standard for MRI conditional equipment, such as SAMM MD and MRI Stereo. You can improve your patient's MRI experience without risking safety. 

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