Is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Safe?
MRI or MRA procedures are safe; the risk of developing NSF is associated with exposure (injected into the bloodstream) to gadolinium, which is in the contrast agent or dye. Some contrast agents do not contain gadolinium, i.e., Feridex I.V. and Teslascan, but they are only FDA-approved to evaluate lesions of the liver. Since June 1988, the FDA approved 5 gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in the US: Magnevist; ProHance; Omniscan; OptiMARK; and MultiHance. MRA and Gadolinium Off-label Use Gadolinium-based contrast agents are also used with magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), an imaging procedure used to evaluate blood vessels. However, it is only used off-label: the FDA has not approved GBCAs for use with MRA procedures. As well, up to 3 times as much contrast dye is used with MRAs compared with MRIs, which could potentially cause serious risk of NSF for patients getting an MRA. MRI Health Risk Legal Help If you have suffered losses in this case, please send your complaint to a l