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Risks of Imaging Procedures

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Monday, 27 Jul 2015 05:16 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Several years ago, it was revealed that the contrast media for MRIs could affect kidney function, particularly in patients with prior history of kidney pathology. Therefore, it became routine to check patient’ kidney function before an MRI with contrast, the same way that kidney function is routinely checked for patients receiving iodine contrast for imaging procedures.

It was documented that both the MRI and the iodine contrast could severely affect the kidneys. It some cases, it could even cause kidney failure.

In addition, we have known for a number of years that surgical procedures — particularly coronary artery bypass — can cause a cognitive defect in about 40 percent of patients. And more recent data from Duke University showed that even less-invasive procedures, such as joint transplant, can also cause cognitive defects.

Now, data released by the Food and Drug Administration have shown that repeated MRIs with contrast can cause cognitive defects due to the presence of a chemical element called gadolinium.

This data has only recently been reported, but again demonstrates that the risk involved in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been very effective in treating cognitive problems, including the chemobrain reported as a complication of chemotherapy.

Remember that traumatic brain injury, including blast exposure, can produce brain damage as can be documented with SPECT brain scans. HBOT can then be used to treat the damage to the brain. Improvement can be documented with followup SPECT brain scans

Medical concepts are a changing pattern and it is important to be aware of newly reported adverse effects.

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