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, 211 (5), 1063-1067

Evaluation of Gadolinium Deposition in the Brain After MR Arthrography


Evaluation of Gadolinium Deposition in the Brain After MR Arthrography

Stephen F Kralik et al. AJR Am J Roentgenol.


Objective: Although significant investigation has been done into the deposition of gadolinium in the brains of patients receiving IV gadolinium, there is little research concerning nonintravenous uses of gadolinium, specifically in conjunction with musculoskeletal MR arthrography. Although small in volume, intraarticular administration is an off-label use of gadolinium, necessitating careful scrutiny for patient safety. Thus, we investigated the relationship between intraarticular gadolinium administration during MR arthrography and the presence of intracranial gadolinium deposition on subsequent brain MRI.

Materials and methods: An institutional review board-approved retrospective study was performed of patients with no history of gadolinium exposure who underwent MR arthrography from 2006 to 2016 followed by an unenhanced brain MRI examination. ROIs were manually placed within bilateral dentate nuclei (DN), bilateral globus pallidi (GP), bilateral thalami, bilateral middle cerebral peduncles (MCP), and the central pons (CP) on T1-weighted sequences. The left and right ROIs were averaged, and ratios of signal intensity were calculated for DN/MCP, DN/CP, GP/MCP, GP/CP, thalamus/MCP, and thalamus/CP. Similar ROIs were placed and ratios calculated for age-matched control subjects who had a history of brain MRI but no prior gadolinium exposure. We used t testing to compare signal intensity ratios between patients and control subjects.

Results: A total of 31 patients met the inclusion criteria. We found no significant difference in signal intensity between patients and control subjects for DN/MCP (p = 0.40), DN/CP (p = 0.76), GP/MCP (p = 0.51), GP/CP (p = 0.86), thalamus/MCP (p = 0.93), and thalamus/CP (p = 0.30).

Conclusion: No association was found between intraarticular gadolinium administration for MR arthrography and detectable gadolinium deposition within the brain.

Keywords: MRI; arthrography; deposition; gadolinium.

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