Relating to a paper published by the journal Investigative Radiology online.

Animal study highlights main safety concern regarding use of MRI contrast agents in patients New results in animals highlight a major safety concern regarding a class of magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents used in millions of patients each year, relating to a paper published by the journal Investigative Radiology online. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . The study adds to concerns that repeated usage of specific ‘linear’-type gadolinium-based contrast agents lead to deposits of the heavy-metal component gadolinium in the brain. The total results will have a major impact on the multimillion-dollar marketplace for MRI contrast brokers, predicts Investigative Radiology Editor-in-Chief Val M.

However, the new study is one of a few to investigate young children going through the same medical procedures and adjust for confounding elements among those patients. ‘Fortunately, our study did not find a relation between neuro-degeneration and anesthesia in small children. The findings should help reassure parents that if their child must undergo surgery, a minimal amount of anesthesia does not may actually impact subsequent education achievements later on in life,’ stated Tom G. Hansen, M.D., Ph.D. ‘However, we cannot conclude that anesthetics are safe in all cases fully. More human data need to be gathered to exclude results in even more particular domains of neurobehavioral outcome.’.. Anesthetia does not appear to influence children’s brain Young children subjected to a brief, single anesthetic did not show any evidence of adverse long-term effects on the brain, according to a fresh Danish study published in the May issue of Anesthesiology.