Study Shows New Imaging Tech Could Reduce Gadolinium Dye Need
Researchers have been studying the effects of gadolinium dye as more people become injured from it. Plus, more studies are showing concrete evidence of retention in the body. Therefore, Stanford University researchers examined if artificial intelligence (AI) based image reconstruction could replace the need for gadolinium dye altogether.
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.
Imaging Study Shows Alternative to Gadolinium Dye
The study lead acknowledged his team has seen concrete evidence of gadolinium retention in the body and brain. Therefore, they decided to research if there are alternatives to the dangerous chemical. Stamford University researchers created a deep learning algorithm, which is a form of artificial intelligence that would analyze MRI datasets. Then, the algorithm could recognize patterns and features on a MIR image. The computer program showed quicker results with also fewer errors than a human radiologist tech.
About the Study
After developing the algorithm, researchers inputted over 600 MR contrast-enhanced MRI image scans. Each patient had three scans – without any dye (the control), with a 10% dye administration and then with a 100% dosing. The computer could reconstruct an image perfectly from 10% dosing as if it was a full dose. Therefore, the next steps will be using the algorithm in a clinical setting and tested across a wider range of MRI scanners.
This could mean the end of gadolinium dye and its destruction forever.
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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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