Contrast Agent Medication Guides
The contrast agent used for MRI studies is called gadolinium and is injected in to your arm. It is a clear, colorless fluid, which is injected into a vein in your arm and is excreted by the kidneys through your urine. Gadolinium makes certain tissues, abnormalities or disease processes more clearly visible. Gadolinium contrast medium is generally very safe. Allergic (anaphylactic) reactions to gadolinium contrast medium have occurred but are extremely rare. These severe reactions generally respond very well to emergency drug treatment. We have a physician or physician’s assistant onsite to administer life-saving measures in the event of a reaction. Please click on the appropriate link to learn more about the contrast agent that will be used during your exam.
If you have any concerns about the use of gadolinium, please discuss these with your referring doctor.