Last reply 2 months ago
Contrast dye for yearly MRI scan?

Hi all, I have a question about the contrast dye used in MRIs. If I’m having a yearly MRI and there were no new lesions or symptoms last year, how important is it that they use the contrast dye? I really truly hate having a canella put in and I’m not very keen on the stuff they are actually injecting either. How much more information will it really provide?

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stumbler
6 months ago

@sarahjay , here’s a short bit about MRI Scanning , with a section on Gadolinium, the contrast dye used :-

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri


sarahjay
6 months ago

Thank you @stumbler . 🙂


debms
6 months ago

Having had 5 MRI brain scans a multiple spine/neck scans over the past 5 years the 6th brain scan last year was with contrast dye. This one picked up that I have a benign brain tumour that has been there through all the other brain scans but not spotted. In addition the dye enables the radiologist/neurologist to see if your MS is active! I hope this helps as it made me question what is the point of an MRI without dye.


studentandms
6 months ago

It shows if you have any current active leisons. For me the contrast is what finally gave me my diagnosis and gave an indication that I have quite active ms, which was proved a week later when I relapsed.


molly89
6 months ago

In the UK I was told at my last scan in Jan they would stop the MRI half way if they thought they needed to give the contrast dye. New rules. In the end I didn’t need it but have had it before.You may not need it.


sarahjay
2 months ago

I requested not to have it, and when I asked the consultant in the follow up appointment if that was ok, she said yes and also said that the guidelines about contrast dye are actually being changed now, to use it less routinely with people already diagnosed.


vixen
2 months ago

Hi @sarahjay. Yes, it’s not used routinely, I’ve had five MRIs and only the first was with contrast. My neuro told me that it is now believed that the contrast may stay in the body in trace form longer than people realised, so it’s only used as and when necessary. Different health authorities will also have different policies too, I guess……

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