How safe is it to have contrast with MRI?. After my first attack I had 2 brain and spine MRIs. All were negative but I still had symptoms and then a year later I had a neg MRI. In April it will be more MRIs with contrast? I am worried they have no idea what I have but with yearly MRI with contrast I am worried how safe this is.
This is a very good question. Please refer to my posting from 9/17/15 for the most up to date information on this subject. I think it is best to minimize the use of gadolinium when possible. This can be done once a diagnosis is established by using volumetric imaging with registration of images to simply determine if white spots (T2 lesions) are new or enlarged since the last MRI scan. If these techniques are not used it is difficulty to determine new activity on MR imaging.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego