I just found out that I pretty much have to get a pituitary MRI with and without gadolinium dye performed in order to further look into my Low T problems to rule out a pituitary tumor. I am worried about the use of the gadolinium dye because I have read how nasty this stuff can be. Has anyone had an MRI done using gadolinium? How was it? Did you suffer any side effects; either short term or long term? Did you do any kind of detox protocol to assist your body in riding this toxin?
I had an MRI of the pituitary with and without last week. Don't worry about the gadolinium, just get the test. What are you more worried about? An adenoma or the slight chance if a reaction? I was more worried about the adenoma.
I had this done twice. Very simple and painless no side effects. I used the contrast once via IV for the pituitary MRI, and once into my shoulder joint just recently for a shoulder MRI. There were no issues. Don't worry about it unless you are very unhealthy, or have major kidney problems, etc. It's fine.
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I've used the dye as well without experiencing any side effects.
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MRI contrast is NOTHING compared to the contrast agents used for CT scans. Renal impairment is a contraindication to getting CTs, whereas MRI is the study commonly ordered in its place, even with patients that are already in renal failure. Just trying to give you an idea of where the risk of this lies on a spectrum of tests that are ordered thousands and thousands of times every day.
Thanks for the input guys, I'm getting a little more relaxed with the idea; still have some reservations though.