Doctors Slam Excess MRI Scans Contributing To Gadolinium Toxicity
In 1984, the FDA approved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, and the medical community was thrilled. These amazing machines offered an internal view of the human body. This made it easier to diagnose disease, injuries, and physical abnormalities. However, today, this amazing discovery is now a multibillion-dollar industry. These scans earn big profit margins and contaminate patients with gadolinium. Now, many doctors are slamming excess MRI scans and highlighting the dangers.
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. Microwave applications, color TV tubes, synthetic gemstones, compact discs, and computer memory typically use the chemical. Also, the medical community uses this chemical element as an injectable contrast agent when patients undergo MRI or MRA scans.
The medical community believes that after they inject the body with this dye, it expels it naturally within a few hours. However, this is not always the case. The chemical agent can also stay in the body for months or years following a single imaging session. Therefore, it causes the body to develop a whole range of debilitating symptoms like brain fog, ligament tightening, balance problems, hair loss, cognitive symptoms and more.
Downfall of Excess MRI Scans
In 2016, a study found that 118 out of every 1,000 Americans received an MRI. CT scans are higher with 245 per 1,000 people. Doctors say excess MRI scans were not medically necessary. These medical professionals say there is no evidence that MRI and CT scans improve overall population health. More doesn’t necessarily mean better. Imaging can expose patients to radiation and gadolinium toxicity. Plus, unnecessary imaging can also detect abnormalities unrelated to the original test. Most of these are red herrings, causing diagnoses that aren’t useful, leading to treatments that don’t work, and causing stress and anxiety to patients.
Doctors are urging to reduce dependency on imaging especially those containing gadolinium. Information is useful, but too much information creates more problems for the patient.
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A gadolinium lawsuit may be an option for patients suffering from gadolinium retention and related complications. Gadolinium, used in dyes to increase the clarity of MRI and MRA scans, can create chemical element retention in the body, Therefore, this increases the risk of gadolinium deposition disease and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. 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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