Gadopentetate is a contrasting agent that may be injected into the veins prior to running an MRI scan. This agent causes differences in the magnetic field that allow doctors to more easily see tissue when they look at the results of the scan. This helps doctors locate and diagnose abnormalities such as tumors or lesions.
This medication can cause serious illness in patients who have kidney disease. The medication needs to be eliminated from the body as soon as possible to prevent complications; patients with kidney disease cannot do this.
Patients who have heart disease or seizure disorders also should avoid this medication if possible because it can make these conditions worse. Some patients may have a seizure or experience heart failure after taking this medication.