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Old 09-09-2017, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village Colorado
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I have them done yearly, with contrast. No reaction, however I cant do CT contrast.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I've had it done because of the aneurysm I had. It really wasn't any big deal. I guess, though, when you consider the alternative, which in my case was not having a CT with contrast and not finding out if I had another aneurysm or if the one I had was leaking, then having a CT contrast was the least of my worries.
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Old 09-09-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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I've had around 10 MRI's with contrast in the last two years (thanks, sinus cancer!) It's no big deal. The blood test is to make sure your kidney function is adequate to excrete the contrast solution. Keep in mind that if they didn't think the contrast would give better images, you wouldn't be prescribed that particular scan.
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Old 09-09-2017, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I have had 6 brain MRIs with gadolinium since 2012.

No ill effects.

Oh, I glow faintly when I turn out the lights.

Just kidding.

Don't sweat it. That stuff is harmless. Unless you already have bad kidneys but you should be getting a lab test to check that out beforehand.
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I have had 6 brain MRIs with gadolinium since 2012.

No ill effects.

Oh, I glow faintly when I turn out the lights.

Just kidding.

Don't sweat it. That stuff is harmless. Unless you already have bad kidneys but you should be getting a lab test to check that out beforehand.
You know, you really should deal with that glowing problem. You've added 2748 new UFO reports in the last year alone.
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:25 AM
 
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Today's the day. Thanks everyone for your reassuring comments. Much appreciated. I think I'm gonna be okay.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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OF course you'll be all right. Come back and tell us what happened - we'd like to hear how you're doing!
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:28 PM
 
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So I have to have a head MRI on Monday. Normally an MRI wouldn't faze me; I tend to just doze even when the banging starts.

However, this time they're using a contrast material (gadolinium) because it's an image of my brain. I dunno, call me crazy but there's something about having a foreign material injected into my bloodstream that gives me pause.

Anyone reading this who's had this done?
I have had it done both ways, and I did not notice any difference.
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Old 09-17-2017, 06:44 AM
 
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I found the experience mildly terrifying, probably exacerbated by the nurse's inability to find a good vein to inject the gadolinium. Some physical side effects. I was dazed and dizzy getting out of the MRI, I was exhausted the rest of the day and had cloudy pee (never had that before).

The MRI was to see if my sudden unexplained hearing loss was due to a mass. Good news is that I don't have a brain tumor.

Less good news is that my ENT now wants me to have a CT w/o contrast. But that should be easier to deal with.

Thanks everyone for your comments. They really helped.
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:22 AM
 
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I found the experience mildly terrifying, probably exacerbated by the nurse's inability to find a good vein to inject the gadolinium. Some physical side effects. I was dazed and dizzy getting out of the MRI, I was exhausted the rest of the day and had cloudy pee (never had that before).

The MRI was to see if my sudden unexplained hearing loss was due to a mass. Good news is that I don't have a brain tumor.

Less good news is that my ENT now wants me to have a CT w/o contrast. But that should be easier to deal with.

Thanks everyone for your comments. They really helped.

I have had all these tests, but I do not recognize the abbreviation, which may be due to the fact that I have had many in Europe.

If it is a CAT scan, it's a breeze.
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