Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)
A Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) is a medical test that lets doctors diagnose and treat certain medical conditions. In an MRA, a detailed image of blood vessels is produced using a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer program. This type of technology can provide medical information that cannot be obtained from X-rays, ultrasounds, or CT scans. MRAs are used to find problems in the blood vessels that may reduce blood flow by providing images of the condition of the vessel walls. Often, this test is used to evaluate the condition of blood vessels that travel to the brain, legs, and kidneys.
Some MRAs are performed using a gadolinium-based contrast material to help produce detailed images. Gadolinium-containing materials are safe for most healthy people who can regularly flush toxins from their bodies. However, in patients with kidney problems, gadolinium that is not flushed from the body can cause a condition called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). MRAs use two to three times the amount of gadolinium-containing contrast materials than are used in standard MRIs, putting patients at increased risk for developing the condition.
NSF is a rare but serious condition that causes fibrosis – the hardening of tissues in the skin, eyes, joints, and internal organs. Patients with NSF develop large plaques and hardened areas of the skin, which can limit their range of motion and cause organ failure. Some patients are even unable to walk. If you are suffering from NSF because of exposure to gadolinium-based agents, you may qualify to receive financial compensation for your losses.
To learn more about the risks of gadolinium exposure and taking legal action to gain compensation for your losses, contact the experienced gadolinium attorneys of Williams Kherkher today at 800-761-3187.