Most Common Gadolinium Retention Sites
Many researchers have just studied the brain while determining sites for gadolinium retention. However, other studies have now found that besides the brain there are two prominent areas of the body that gadolinium dye remains for years. These are the skin and bones.
Gadolinium is a chemical element carrying the atomic number 64 and the atomic symbol Gd. Belonging to a group of elements in the periodic table called Lanthanides, the chemical is a rare earth element typically used in microwave applications, color TV tubes, synthetic gemstones, compact discs, and computer memory. The medical community uses this chemical element as an injectable contrast agent when patients undergo magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) scans.
Before undergoing an MRI or MRA, a gadolinium contrast agent is injected into the bloodstream and is stored in the blood vessels and abnormal tissue. This is so doctors can easily detect and trace any problems found within the body. Previously, researchers said this chemical element was safe for use in MRIs and MRAs. In fact, the element is very toxic.
The kidney expels the chemical after receiving the injection. However, regardless of kidney health patients can develop complications from the element spreading in the body.
Gadolinium Retention Sites
Even though a majority of studies focus on gadolinium retention in the brain, some researchers argue that the bones or skin possess more chemical deposits than the organ. the amount of Gd deposited in the brain is far less than that in the bones or the skin. Dr. Kenneth Maravilla, a University of Washington professor of radiology argues that gadolinium retention in the bones is 20 times more concentrated than the brain. Dr. Maravilla reasons that the high gadolinium retention amounts in bones derive from the chemical taking the place of calcium in bone construction.
Then, the other major area of gadolinium retention is the skin. Animal studies have shown that the overall capillary network makes the chemical pool in certain locations. This includes in sweat, tears and the skin. If gadolinium is in the tears, then it can also damage the vision of patients. This also directly contradicts other previous thoughts of using saunas as a treatment for gadolinium retention. The body would just continue to re-poison itself with the chemical.
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A gadolinium lawsuit may be an option for patients suffering from gadolinium retention and related complications. Gadolinium in MRI and MRA scans can create chemical element retention in the body. Therefore, this increases the risk of gadolinium deposition disease. These conditions are accompanied by symptoms that include severe physical pain and cognitive difficulties. Affected patients and their loved ones may be able to file a lawsuit and recover damages.
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