Hello, not sure I can answer you properly but I had an MRI last year for diagnostic purposes with Gadolinium contrast. I felt really weird in the scan when the contrast went in but thought was just because I’d been lying still for so long. After I got dressed headed to the loo, looked in mirror and had about 4-5 itchy red spots (hives) across my face and neck. I went back to the unit and they said I’d had an allergic reaction to the Gadolinium. I had to then wait in unit for an hour to check it didn’t get worse, thankfully not but was told to head home and take piriton straight away.
I saw tthe consultant radiographer and he said I’d never be able to have an MRI with Gadolinium again as reaction could be a lot worse but there were plenty of other options for diagnostic and other purposes, CT, PET etc.
Maybe worth discussing with your team best way forward for you as doesn’t sound like and more Gadolinium would be a good idea!
I was diagnosed with Lobular icancer in 2012. Had neoadjuvant chemo, operation and radioterapy. The cancer was 7cm and 19 lymph nodes involved.
Over the past six years I have had combined together over 15 MRI scans (mostly breast) with Gadolinium contrast agent. I have been feeling real sick straight after last few scans I.e. nausea, bone pain, headaches, dizzines ...
In the coming months I have been scheduled for more regular breast MRIs + contrast. I do not want having contrast any more with my scans.
Would therefore welcome any real experiences and advice on whether breast MRI without contrast is going to be of diagnostic value? I have an option of having 3Tesla scans? Is it worth having MRI without contrast?