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Cincinnati Children’s Continues High Quality of Care with New MRI Contrast

Post Date: March 12, 2024
Cincinnati Children’s Continues High Quality of Care with New MRI Contrast

You might have learned from previous radiology blog articles that gadolinium is an element that is used in MRI contrast. MRI contrast is a medicine that is injected into the veins. The contrast allows our radiologists to better visualize any abnormalities within the body. Some things show up on scans that we’d otherwise be unable to see without using contrast. Here at Cincinnati Children’s, our radiologists are very careful in only using IV contrast when it is truly necessary for the exam.    

Just like other medical advancements, MRI contrast has come a long way. Throughout the years, we have used several gadolinium products. Our radiology department prides itself in using the safest products on the market. Currently, our most commonly used contrast is called Dotarem. It has a very low risk of allergy-like reactions. Dotarem contains a small amount of gadolinium (metal) that can sometimes linger in the body. In most cases, this does not cause any problems. However, safety is always our primary concern.  

New to the gadolinium family is a contrast called Elucirem. We are excited to utilize this new product at Cincinnati Children’s for several reasons: A lot of research and testing has been done to show that Elucirem is even more stable than Dotarem, meaning it is less likely to leave any metal remnants within the body.  Elucirem has a high relaxivity, or sensitivity. This means that it has half the amount of gadolinium, but it enhances just as much. In fact, radiologists have noticed that abnormalities highlight even brighter than before! Elucirem has the same low risk of reactions as Dotarem. What a wonderful breakthrough! We get the same effect while administering half the amount of contrast.  

One of the awesome things about being ranked #1 in the nation is that Cincinnati Children’s is a leader in implementing these new advances in medicine. As we continue grow and learn, you can trust that your child’s safety and well-being is always our highest priority. 

Contribution: Alex Towbin, MD 

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About the author: Angie Asher

Angie has been part of the Cincinnati Children’s Radiology family since 1996. Over the years, she has worked in X-Ray, Cat Scan, and most recently in MRI. Currently, she is part of the Outpatient MRI Team, primarily working at the Liberty Township, Green Township, and Kenwood Campuses. Angie enjoys working in a stimulating environment and learning new things each day. In her free time, she stays active with her husband, two teenage daughters, and her Golden Retriever, Sonny.

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About the editor: Glenn Miñano

Glenn Miñano is a media specialist in the Department of Radiology, providing graphic design, photography, printing, video services, and administration of the department’s online properties. His works have been published in several medical articles, such as the American Journal of Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound. He has been providing these services to the Radiology Department since 1996.

About the editor: Meredith Towbin

Meredith Towbin is a freelance copy editor and writer. She has copyedited the Department of Radiology’s blog since it launched. She also works as a copy editor for the home improvement website BobVila.com. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost as well as other writing sites.