2nd October 2019


What are the side effects of MRI contrast dye?

Mild reactions include:
  • nausea and vomiting.
  • headache.
  • itching.
  • flushing.
  • mild skin rash or hives.

Similarly, what are the side effects of an MRI with contrast?

Less serious side effects may include:
  • headache, dizziness;
  • dry mouth, nausea, vomiting;
  • feeling unusually hot;
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • numbness or tingly feeling;
  • mild itching or rash; or.
  • cold feeling, warmth, pain, or burning where the medicine was injected.

How long does it take for MRI contrast dye to leave the body?

If you have normal kidney function the elimination half life of gadolinium contrast agents in the US (with one exception) is about 1.5 to 2 hours. That means that half will be gone from the body in that time. After another 1.5 to 2 hours another half will be gone, etc. until none remains.

What are the side effects of contrast dye?

The delayed side effects were divided into three main categories: skin, gastrointestinal, and general reactions. Skin effects included itching, rash, and hives. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea were the gastrointestinal side effects, and general side effects included headache, dizziness, and fever.
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