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What Is an MRI With Contrast?

What Is an MRI With Contrast?

At Radiology Medical Arts (500 East 14 St. New York, NY 10009) our doctors and medical professionals are using a set of diagnostic techniques to diagnose and treat patients. With the advancements in medical imaging technology and a higher prevalence worldwide, you might have become more familiar with one type of imaging technology known as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ― and the value it offers to health care. You might be familiar with an MRI machine as a large, cylindrical piece of equipment generating a strong magnetic field around you. It creates highly detailed pictures of your body’s soft tissue to provide your doctor with substantial diagnostic and prognostic information.

Who Needs an MRI With Contrast?

An MRI scan with contrast only occurs when your doctor orders and approves it. During the procedure, they’ll inject the gadolinium-based dye into your arm intravenously. The contrast medium enhances the image quality and allows the radiologist more accuracy and confidence in their diagnosis.

When the radiologist adds the contrast to your veins, it enhances their visibility of:



Certain organs’ blood supply

Blood vessels


Uses of an MRI With Contrast

Assessing MS

Cancer Diagnosis

Image Clarity


Advantages of Contrast in MRIs

If the radiologist uses contrast during your MRI, the doctor generally won’t require any additional scans because of the initial MRI’s enhanced nature.

A contrast MRI is superior at measuring and evaluating tumors. Adding contrast makes it possible for the radiologist to detect even the smallest tumor and provides information about the precise location of the tumor.

The radiologist can interpret an MRI contrast scan better, since they have more clarity and generate better-quality images.


Side Effects

Most individuals don’t feel anything after they receive a contrast injection. However, a small number of individuals will experience adverse effects, ranging from mild to severe. The most common side effects are:


Skin rash

Pain at the injection site

Dizziness or warmth

Nausea and vomiting


If you feel unwell or have any of the following symptoms, don’t hesitate to stop by our offices or give us a call (212) 481-33333 or book appointment online at and get yourself checked.

We accept all major insurances such as: Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, GHI, United Healthcare, HealthFirst, MetroPlus, Fidelis, Affinity, Wellcare, and others.

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Dr. Daniel Beyda
Dr. Daniel E Beyda - MD
Diagnostic Radiology, General Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound, MRI, CT Scan, X Ray
Dr. Daniel Beyda is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist with over 20 years of experience in reading and evaluating...