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Old 09-08-2017, 03:17 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?
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Old 09-08-2017, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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If you do a search there are posts - I've had both, I had a brain with and w/o contrast. It can cause a taste of metal/copper pennies - I had that. No biggie though.
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Old 09-08-2017, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I have had MRI's with and without contrast. The only difference I could tell was that with contrast the MRI lasted 15 minutes longer. I was not effected in any other way at all.
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Old 09-08-2017, 06:31 PM
 
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If you do a search there are posts - I've had both, I had a brain with and w/o contrast. It can cause a taste of metal/copper pennies - I had that. No biggie though.
Well, that kind of makes sense. Gadolinium is metal.

I'm worried about an adverse (i.e. allergic) reaction. No reason to believe that might happen, but being the obsessive idiot that I am, I downloaded the American College of Radiology's manual on use of contrast materials to find out what they do if there *is* an adverse reaction.
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:22 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I too have to have the same procedure done in a few days due to the migraines I have.
Let us know how yours turns out.
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Old 09-08-2017, 09:48 PM
 
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If there's a reaction, you'll be in the hospital, won't you? I never had an MRI with contrast, but have had 2 CT scans with it (not sure if it's the same). They always did some kidney test first to see if I would be able to rid my body of the dye (I assumed dye), so I bet there's some way they can check you for the metal. Good luck with the outcome.
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:35 PM
 
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If there's a reaction, you'll be in the hospital, won't you? I never had an MRI with contrast, but have had 2 CT scans with it (not sure if it's the same). They always did some kidney test first to see if I would be able to rid my body of the dye (I assumed dye), so I bet there's some way they can check you for the metal. Good luck with the outcome.
They're doing the MRI in the clinic. If there's a life-threatening event at the clinic, I believe their response is to put the pt in an ambulance and send them to Stanford, just a few minutes away.

They called today and said I have to have a blood test done tomorrow morning. I'm guessing that'll be the same kidney test you had -- to check glomerular filtration rate (GFR).
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:43 PM
 
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I too have to have the same procedure done in a few days due to the migraines I have.
Let us know how yours turns out.
Ouch. Sympathy for the migraines.
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Somwhere
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oooh, real medical care, near a major health center! I'm so jealous!
I've had MRIs, but I don't know if there was contrast.
Plenty CTs with contrast, no problems.
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Old 09-09-2017, 11:27 AM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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My mom has done it a few times, really my mom is afraid of everything, but she said it was nothing so you should be fine.
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