Gadoxetate disodium is a contrasting agent that is used to help make MRIs easier for doctors to read. It is injected directly into a vein so that it can affect the MRI; it is then eliminated from the body. The medication creates additional contrast on the output of the scan so that doctors can more easily find tumors or other abnormalities.
This medication can be dangerous to people who have kidney disease. If the kidneys don’t function properly, the medication may stay in the body for too long, causing other kidney problems and complications.
Patients should also tell their doctors about heart disease or other serious problems, as this medication may make those problems significantly worse.