MRI Dye (Gadolinium)
Gadolinium is a paramagnetic metal ion "dye" injected into patients prior to undergoing an MRI or MRA scan. The dye makes the results of the scan easier for doctors to interpret because it helps radiologists differentiate blood vessels from nearby tissue. Recent studies suggest that gadolinium may be associated with serious and potentially fatal side effects, such as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in people with existing kidney problems. NSF is a debilitating disease characterized by the formation of tight, rigid, and coarse skin, which can cause significant restrictions in joint movement. Patients with NSF can become dependent on a wheelchair within only a few weeks. NSF can also cause scarring of internal organs, which can be fatal. If you or a loved one has developed NSF or other injury as a result of gadolinium, contact the product liability lawyers at Robert B. Sykes Associates, P.C. today to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses resulting from gadolinium side effects.