When doctors order MRIs for diagnostic purposes, they may also prescribed gadofosveset. This medication is a contrasting agent. It is injected into the veins prior to an MRI scan in order to increase contrast on the scan. This allows doctors to more easily see abnormalities such as tumors when they look at the results of the test.
Patients who have a seizure disorder should not take this medication because it may provoke a seizure. Similarly, people with heart disease are at elevated risk of a heart attack or heart failure after taking the medication.
Kidney disease can also be problematic for patients who need to take this medication. If the kidneys don’t work properly, they might not eliminate the medication from the body quickly enough. This can cause illness and further problems with the kidneys.