Some MRI procedures require the use of intravenous (IV) contrast. MRI contrast agent is called Gadolinium and will show up bright white on the images.
Every patient receiving Gadolinium contrast will be asked to fill out a contrast screening sheet. Based on the answers given or if you are older than 60, a blood test is required before the MRI can be scheduled.
The Gadolinium contrast is given through a vein in your arm or hand and will leave your body naturally within 12 to 24 hours. Please drink plenty of water to help flush the contrast.