Gadolinium used for MRI Scan

A recent study, published in the May 2018 issue of Radiology, revealed that rodent brains retained gadolinium for an entire year after the metallic substance had been injected into their bodies. The study was conducted by researchers at the Guerbet Group and the University of Münster in Germany and included a group of nine-week-old rats that were given five doses of gadolinium over a period of five weeks and then followed for a period of one year. The purpose of the study was to determine whether toxic levels of gadolinium can remain in the brain after being injected into the body. Gadolinium has been under fire as many patients who received gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) prior to their MRI scans have developed serious and even life threatening side effects. These side effects have been the topic of gadolinium toxicity lawsuits filed across the country.

What Did the Study Show?

Lab Rat with Gadolinium retained in Brain

A year after being injected with gadolinium-based agents, the rats had retained high levels of the metallic substance in their brains. In fact, at the end of the one-year study, it was determined that the rats had retained 75% of the gadolinium in their brains. These findings fall in line with other tests that have been conducted, which also show that gadolinium stays in the body. Many times, the levels that are found in the body are toxic, which can cause severe damage to the nervous system and other painful symptoms. Because of this, many patients, advocate groups, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have questioned the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents.

Why is Gadolinium Dangerous?

Gadolinium contrast agentsGadolinium-based contrast agents are commonly used in every day diagnostic tests, such as MRIs. It is estimated that over 30 million gadolinium injections are administered each year. The substance is supposed to clear out of the body through the urine. However, it has been found that this is not always the case. Many times, gadolinium stays in the body and is retained in certain organs, such as the brain. The substance can be toxic and cause debilitating side effects, such as memory loss, severe pain in the joints, and trouble walking. It is alleged that patients and doctors were not adequately warned of the potential dangers that gadolinium-based agents can cause.

Contact an Experienced Gadolinium Toxicity Lawyer Today!

Gadolinium Toxicity LawyerIf you or a loved one have suffered serious side effects after undergoing an MRI with gadolinium contrast dye, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced gadolinium toxicity lawyers across the country who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a gadolinium toxicity lawsuit on your behalf. There are no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number anytime at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.

Sources:

  1. https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/pdf/10.1148/radiol.2018172746
  2. https://www.healthimaging.com/topics/neuroimaging/rodent-brains-retain-gadolinium-after-repeated-administration-gbca-year-after