Some imaging exams, like CT or MRI scans, may require that you be given an injection of contrast medium into a vein. It is typically administered in your arm like when you have blood drawn, and it looks like IV fluid. Imaging is then taken of the area of concern. The contrast medium makes the vascular structures in your body appear brighter, “in contrast” to surrounding tissues and organs. This is very useful to the radiologist in evaluating your images and providing your referring clinician with important diagnostic findings.
Contrast medium is processed by your kidneys to be eliminated from your body. Patients who are diabetic or have known or suspected kidney disease may be at risk for adverse effects to their kidneys. We ask you or your referring clinician’s office if you have these conditions at the time we schedule your appointment.
If yes, we will request a current blood creatinine labwork result (within the last 90 days) to determine if it is safe for you to have contrast medium prior to your appointment.
When you arrive for your appointment, our technologist will ask more detailed questions about your medical history and also provide you with detailed information about the contrast medium. We can also use alternative media or take other precautions as needed. You will receive contrast only if medically necessary for diagnosing your condition, and then only with your written consent.
Your safety and comfort are very important to us. That’s why we ask!