Diagnostic Imaging Services became the recipient of an exclusive upgrade to our Hitachi Oasis 1.2T High Field Open MRI in Metairie. No other MRI of our kind in the state of Louisiana received this major improvement.

Image quality that was superior before is even more stellar, due to the addition of new data packages and MRI scanning sequences. The biggest advantage with our upgrade is we now have the ability to perform angiography studies through MRI without the need for a contrast dye.

For people who are sensitive and perhaps allergic to contrast materials, or for people who have kidney disease and may have a condition known as Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), being able to perform angiography without a dye is an excellent alternative. 

NSF is a condition that, to date, has occurred only in people with kidney disease. NSF is a systemic disorder with its most prominent and visible effects in the skin, hence its original designation as a dermopathy (dermopathy=disorder of skin).

NSF affects males and females in approximately equal numbers. NSF has been confirmed in children and the elderly, but tends to affect the middle-aged most commonly. It has been identified in patients from a variety of ethnic backgrounds from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The majority of literature-reported cases have resided in the United States.

Over the past several years, researchers have correlated the development of NSF with the increasing use of gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents in patients with kidney disease. Gadolinium, an element of the lanthanide series (atomic number 64) is the chief component of virtually all contrast agents administered for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While many MRI examinations do not require contrast enhancement, some studies, in particular those examining the blood vessels, benefit from the administration of one of these gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA).

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The result? Better diagnostic capabilities for the radiologist and the physician. Improved outcome for people who are patients undergoing these types of studies.