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2. Are There Alternatives to Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents?

About half of all MRIs use a GBCA to enhance diagnostic imaging scans. In addition to monitoring severe kidney insufficiency, the dyes are used during MRIs that scan brain injuries, liver inflammation, circulatory disorders, and inflammatory joint disease. In 2017, the FDA put warnings on GBCA products that recommend people with adequately functioning kidneys should not stop having MRI scans using GBCA dyes, as no studies indicate GBCA is detrimental to these individuals. Additionally, a gadolinium contrast agent is not always necessary when performing MRI scans. Whether one is necessary is a topic to discuss with a physician.

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