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Gadolinium Deposition Disease Risk from MRI Contrast Agent

Gadolinium Deposition Disease Risk from MRI Contrast Agent

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become a standard diagnostic tool. Radiologists who administer an MRI sometimes use gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) to improve the quality of the image. Many members of the international medical community agree that some GBCAs can have long-term effects on the body and brain. The risk that patients will develop gadolinium deposition disease (GDD) is one of the most serious potential consequences of using GBCAs to perform an MRI. Advocate Law Group Offering Free Gadolinium Case Reviews What Is Gadolinium? Gadolinium is a heavy metal. Like other heavy metals, including arsenic and mercury, it can be toxic, even at low levels. Gadolinium blocks the movement of calcium into certain muscle cells and harms bodily functions that depend upon an influx of calcium ions. Introducing gadolinium alone into the human body could expose patients to serious health risks. To minimize the risk of harm, doctors use a GBCA that is designed to shield the body from gadolinium by chemically binding it to chemical compounds known as chelating agents. Why Are GBCAs Used in MRIs? Doctors use X-rays to detect broken bones, but an X-ray does not provide a detailed view of the body’s tissues and organs. An MRI, like a PET scan and an ultrasound, allows physicians to get a better look at tissues and organs inside a patient’s body. An MRI scanner creates a magnetic field that causes the hydrogen atoms inside the body to line up in the direction of the field. Most hydrogen atoms line up in pairs, but some do not. Directing a radio frequency pulse into the magnetic field causes the...
Talcum Powder Lawsuits Filed by Women Who Developed Ovarian Cancer

Talcum Powder Lawsuits Filed by Women Who Developed Ovarian Cancer

More than 1,000 women with ovarian cancer have sued manufacturers of talcum powder and baby powder after learning of the association between those products and their disease. Juries have awarded substantial compensation to cancer victims who were not warned about the risk.

Low T Drug Makers Face Personal Injury Lawsuits

Low T Drug Makers Face Personal Injury Lawsuits

Medical studies indicate that testosterone supplement drugs may cause an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in middle aged and older men. Although the results are recent, medical professionals have been analyzing a possible connection between testosterone replacement and heart conditions for several years. With evidence suggesting the presence of serious health side effects coming to light, men who have used Low T drugs and experienced health complications may have cause to file legal action against the drug manufacturers for failing to warn patients of potential health risks when marketing the medication.

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