Contrast Media

Contrast media, also called contrast agents, are used to enhance the blood and perfusion in tissues. This includes iodine based contrast for on computed tomography (CT), gadolinium based agents for MRI and lipid bubble contrast agents used in ultrasound.

An illustration based on simulations by Rice University engineers shows a gadolinium ion (blue) in water (red and white), with inner-sphere water -- the water most affected by the gadolinium -- highlighted. The researchers’ models of gadolinium in water show there’s room for improvement in compounds used as contrast agents in clinical magnetic resonance imaging.

An illustration based on simulations by Rice University engineers shows a gadolinium ion (blue) in water (red and white), with inner-sphere water -- the water most affected by the gadolinium -- highlighted. The researchers’ models of gadolinium in water show there’s room for improvement in compounds used as contrast agents in clinical magnetic resonance imaging. Illustration by Arjun Valiya Parambathu

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | September 20, 2021
September 20, 2021 — Gadolinium-based contrast agents, the gold standard in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to...
Avoiding contrast dyes for imaging tests not necessary if concerned about iodine allergy, peer-reviewed study concludes #MRI

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News | Contrast Media Injectors | September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021 — FDB (First Databank), a leading provider of drug and medical device knowledge that helps...
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A PET-CT head and neck cancer scan showing various image reconstructions. The top left image is the separate CT scan showing the anatomy. The top right scan shows the fused PET and CT scans with false color added to help interpret the image. The bottom left scan is an initial FDG PET image showing tracer hot spots in the neck and a lymph node in the right jaw due to cancer. The right bottom image is a delayed enhancement scan showing tracer uptake over time, with normal hot spots in the bladder, kidneys, testicles and brain, which normally have higher metabolic activity. The low-grade gray shading of the anatomy is due to the normal cellular metabolism uptake of the FDG throughout the body. 

News | PET-CT | August 04, 2021
August 4, 2021 — PET/CT systems are expected to continue to incorporate the highest clinical performance of PET as well...
According to ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), the resources required to warm iohexol 350 to body temperature before injection for computed tomography (CT) may not be warranted, given the lack of observed practical benefit.

Values represent number of patients, with percentage in parentheses and 95% CI in brackets (not reported for levels of severity of allergic/allergic-like reactions). 95% CIs were calculated using the Clopper-Pearson exact formula. For events with zero frequency, one-sided 97.5% CIs are provided.

News | Contrast Media | July 30, 2021
July 30, 2021 — According to ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), the resources required to warm iohexol 350...
IQ-AI subsidiary Imaging Biometrics (IB) was awarded a U.S. patent for its artificial intelligence (AI) software technology that eliminates the need for gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in medical imaging exams.
News | Contrast Media | June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021 – IQ-AI subsidiary Imaging Biometrics (IB) was awarded a U.S. patent for its artificial intelligence (AI...
According to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter (27 percent) of all deaths in the UK, which equates to more than 160,000 deaths each year — or one death every three minutes.

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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | May 12, 2021
May 12, 2021 — According to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter (27...
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) have joined the International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) in recognizing the relatively low risk and important clinical benefits of ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs), which are used routinely around the world to help detect heart disease, stratify the risk of heart attack or stroke, identify and characterize tumors throughout the abdomen, and monitor the effectiveness of cancer therapies in adul
News | Contrast Media | May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021 — The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Society of Echocardiography (...
The contrast agents global market is expected to grow at a high single digit CAGR from 2020 to 2027 to reach $7,033.5 million by 2027 due to the increasing incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases and demand for diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures, increase in aging population, expansion of contrast agent indications, the growth of medical imaging in the emerging market, increasing research activities and favorable reimbursement

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News | Contrast Media | May 03, 2021
Chemical substances that improve the visibility of specific organs, tissues, or blood vessels during a diagnostic or...
Sponsored Content | Blog | Contrast Media Injectors | April 29, 2021
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Gadopiclenol is a high-relaxivity macrocyclic contrast agent used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
News | Contrast Media | March 24, 2021
March 24, 2021 — Guerbet announced positive results from two Phase III clinical studies comparing the diagnostic...
(a) High-resolution 3D MRI brain vascular map using SAIO. Various blood vessels in the rat brain can be visualized. In addition to clinically important brain vessels including anterior cerebral artery, middle cerebral artery, posterior cerebral artery, fine vessel structures as thin as ~ 100 microns in diameter can be clearly visualized. (b) 3D MRI brain vascular map using Dotarem (gadolinium-based contrast agent). Resolution is low and microvessels are not visible. (c) For 3D reconstruction, multiple slice

(a) High-resolution 3D MRI brain vascular map using SAIO. Various blood vessels in the rat brain can be visualized. In addition to clinically important brain vessels including anterior cerebral artery, middle cerebral artery, posterior cerebral artery, fine vessel structures as thin as ~ 100 microns in diameter can be clearly visualized. (b) 3D MRI brain vascular map using Dotarem (gadolinium-based contrast agent). Resolution is low and microvessels are not visible. (c) For 3D reconstruction, multiple slices of MRI images of the rat heart were obtained after injection of SAIO. Rat coronary arteries (180 microns) which are 10 times thinner than human coronary arteries were successfully visualized. Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle and the blockage or narrowing of such arteries causes myocardial infarction or angina, but visualizing these arteries was impossible due to the limited resolution of current MRI contrast agents. Image courtesy of Institute for Basic Science

News | Contrast Media | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — Heart attack and stroke are the first and second leading causes of death in developed countries,...
Guerbet announced the launch of OptiProtect 3S, a new range of technical services for its injection solutions. OptiProtect 3S is designed to support imaging centers in the daily use and protection of their injection solutions.
News | Contrast Media Injectors | February 25, 2021
February 25, 2021 — Guerbet announced the launch of OptiProtect 3S, a new range of technical services for its injection...
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Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging headquarters.

Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media Injectors | January 21, 2021
Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) was founded 30 years ago and has grown to be one of the largest outpatient...
According to a new research report1 on the contrast media injectors published by MarketsandMarkets, the market was estimated to be $1.3 billion in 2020 and projected to reach $1.9 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4 percent over 2020-2025.

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Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | January 20, 2021 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
According to a new research report1 on the contrast media injectors published by MarketsandMarkets, the market was...
 new study published on European Radiology evaluates the image quality of low iodine concentration, dual-energy CT (DECT) combined with a deep learning–based denoising technique with ClariCT.AI for pediatric abdominal CT, compared with that of standard iodine concentration single-energy polychromatic CT (SECT).
News | Artificial Intelligence | January 19, 2021
January 19, 2021 — Radiation exposure and side effects related to iodine contrast agents are the two main concerns of...
This novel agent, based on the essential nutrient manganese, has strong potential as a safer alternative to currently used contrast agents
News | Contrast Media | December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020 — Adding a contrast-enhancing agent to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) significantly improves image...
Bayer Radiology is announcing Radimetrics v3.0, the newest evolution of its enterprise dose management application.
News | Radiation Dose Management | December 11, 2020
December 11, 2020 — Bayer Radiology is announcing Radimetrics v3.0, the newest evolution of its enterprise dose...
GE Healthcare has received U.S. FDA approval of its macrocyclic gadolinium-based MRI contrast agent, Clariscan (gadoterate meglumine), in pre-filled syringes. #RSNA20
News | Contrast Media | November 26, 2020
November 26, 2020 — GE Healthcare has received U.S. FDA approval of its macrocyclic gadolinium-based MRI contrast agent...
Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced it will be showcasing its full portfolio of diagnostic imaging solutions in an immersive digital experience at the first all-virtual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting being held November 29 through December 5.
News | Contrast Media Injectors | November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced it will be showcasing its full portfolio of diagnostic imaging...
Guerbet announced that it will highlight UNIK, a tailored solution for diagnostic imaging, at the 2020 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
News | Contrast Media | November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020 — Guerbet announced that it will highlight UNIK, a tailored solution for diagnostic imaging, at the...