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  •  Breast MRI with contrast... (3+ / 0-)

    is the best...but currently very expensive $2500...expand that and get the cost down to $500 a pop and we will be all set...

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    by dvogel001 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 09:12:26 PM PST

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    •  Contrast dye? No thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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      Contrast dye is hard on the kidneys. Anybody with impaired kidney function should stay away from it, and I know at least one person who is on dialysis because of it. It's a lot more "expensive" physically than you apparently think it is. Radiation from mammograms may be hard on the body and cause more cancer, but if contrast dye is hard on the body and causes more kidney disease, you don't have a very good tradeoff.

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      by Kitsap River on Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 02:49:41 PM PST

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      •  How many 40 year olds... (0+ / 0-)

        do you know with impaired kidney function???

        My mom who has had a kidney transplant gets some MRI's (not breast) with contrast and they are very careful and flush her out with extra fluids as a precaution...and she is fine...(her kidneys failed as a result of 40 years of being a type I diabetic...)

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        by dvogel001 on Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 06:46:28 PM PST

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        •  You'd be surprised (1+ / 0-)
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          I know quite a few. Of course, since I'm on the dialysis boards and so are they, it's not all that surprising.

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          by Kitsap River on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 08:57:02 AM PST

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          •  Obviously if you have kidney issues... (0+ / 0-)

            you do contrast only on a very selective basis...which a blood test will tell you if the kidney function is impaired...

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            by dvogel001 on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 11:23:52 AM PST

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