Is Common MRI Contrast Dye Safe? What You Need to Know

I’ve undergone at least three – maybe four – breast MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging). And until I started working on this article, I had no idea that those imaging studies might pose a long-term risk to my health.

Karen Calechman didn’t know about the potential health risks of MRIs with a contrast agent – a dye – either when she reported for her breast MRI. Like me, Calechman has a higher-than-normal risk of developing breast cancer. Her healthcare provider, like mine, ordered the imaging study to check for cancerous tumors. But after she read a facility-provided form titled, “Important Patient Information About Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent,” Calechman hesitated.

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Jennifer L.W. Fink

Jennifer L.W. Fink is a Registered Nurse-turned-freelance writer based in Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Parents, Cancer Today and Ladies' Home Journal. Jennifer is also the founder and creator of BuildingBoys.net.


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