Iâ€™ll be coming up for my annual MRI in a couple of months. Although my radiation was done at MGH in Boston, my local primary care provider arranges for the MRI and results get mailed to Boston. When I get my reminder letter from Boston, I call my pcp and being a little anal (me not my Dr.) I always mention that the MRI should be done with and without contrast.
Iâ€™ve had two friends recently tell me that when they were scheduled for an MRI with and without contrast, they were told that they needed to have blood work done first as a precaution because the contrast solution is excreted thru the kidneys. They got this news from the MRI staff, not their pcps so last minute rescheduling had to be done. They were told that the blood work check was a new thing.
My question to folks whoâ€™ve had recent MRIs or who will be having MRIs: Are they requiring a blood work first before doing an MRI?