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.

Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a significant problem resulting from the use of iodine contrast agents in computed tomography (CT) scans and cath lab angiography. It can have a negative impact on mortality. This article outlines some of the key information on the agents themselves, possible methods of action and how to prevent and treat CIN. How to prevent kidney damage in the cath lab.
Feature | Angiography | May 15, 2012 | Mark Michael, M.D., and Jeffrey A. Breall, M.D., Ph.D.
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a significant problem resulting from the use of iodine contrast agents in...
News | May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012 — Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc. announced new manufacturing and supply agreements with Jubilant...
News | April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012 — Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center have successfully used...
Technology | April 04, 2012
April 4, 2012 — Medrad (Bayer) recently introduced the Mark 7 Arterion angiographic contrast injection system. The...
News | April 03, 2012
April 3, 2012 — Incidences of renal complications, specifically acute renal failure (ARF) and new hemodialysis (HD),...
News | March 12, 2012
March 12, 2012 — A new study shows that the use of gadobenate dimeglumine, the highest relaxivity gadolinium-based...
News | March 09, 2012
March 9, 2012 — Researchers have developed a method to label transplanted cells so they can be tracked by magnetic...
Technology | March 07, 2012
March 7, 2012 — Covidien announced the global launch of the Optivantage dual-head computed tomography (CT) contrast...

Illustration of Definity use in Apical 4 Chamber imaging

News | February 29, 2012
February 29, 2012 — Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc. announced a strategic distribution arrangement for its Definity...
News | February 02, 2012
February 2, 2012 — AngioDynamics entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Navilyst Medical in a...
News | January 18, 2012
January 18, 2012 — PLC Systems Inc. announced that final results from the MYTHOS investigator-sponsored clinical trial...
News | January 06, 2012
January 6, 2012 - Bracco Imaging SpA has acquired Swiss Medical Care (SMC), a Swiss company headquartered in Lausanne...
Technology | December 29, 2011
December 29, 2011 — Medrad Inc. recently released the Certegra Informatics Connect.RIS vendor-neutral informatics...

Covidien's Optivantage injector system is radiofrequency identification (RFID) enabled to automatically record information from the syringe and sends it to the injector head.

Feature | November 22, 2011 | Dave Fornell
Automated contrast media injectors control contrast dosage, record the amount used and speed injections to keep up with...
News | November 14, 2011
November 14, 2011 – The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) reported that the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs...