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Gadolinium: The MRI Agent Linked to Brain Abnormalities

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  • The use of gadolinium-based contrast agents for enhanced MRIs has been linked to hypersensitivity in certain brain regions, with unknown consequences
  • The use of gadolinium-based contrast agents is linked to the development of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) in patients with severe kidney disease
  • The long-term effects of gadolinium-based contrast agents are unknown; only use contract agents if they are absolutely necessary (often they are optional and an MRI can be effectively performed without their use)

By Dr. Mercola

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the better choices if you need a diagnostic imaging procedure performed. Unlike CT scans or X-rays, an MRI does not use ionizing radiation that may cause DNA damage or cancer.


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