News | June 03, 2010

Large Contract Expands Use of MRA Contrast Agent

June 4, 2010 – The first national contract signed for a magnetic resonance imaging angiography (MRA) contrast agent was been signed, making it available to more than 27,000 medical facilities. The contract with Amerinet Inc., a leading national health care group purchasing organization, gives access to Ablavar (gadofosveset trisodium), an injectable MRA blood pool imaging agent indicated to evaluate aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) in adults with known or suspected peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

The agent helps produce high-resolution images and is uniquely designed for vascular imaging, making it possible for physicians to detect vascular disease less invasively than with conventional X-ray angiography. Additionally, the product requires no radiation or iodine and can provide both first pass and blood pool images with a single, low dose injection.”

Blood pool agents remain in the vasculature for an extended period of time, increasing the brightness of blood, resulting in high-resolution images. The albumin-binding properties of Ablavar make it uniquely designed for vascular imaging because it provides an expanded imaging window, making it possible to evaluate not only the location of disease but also the extent and severity of disease.

The agent was cleared for use in the United States in January and is the first and only blood pool contrast agent approved for magnetic resonance angiography to evaluate peripheral artery disease (PAD).

For more information: www.ablavar.com

Related Content

Gadolinium contrast agents (GBCAs) are partly retained in the brain, raising safety concerns, as seen in this MRI.

Gadolinium contrast agents (GBCAs) are partly retained in the brain, raising safety concerns, as seen in this MRI.

News | Contrast Media | September 12, 2018
In February 2018, a workshop was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, to explore co
Ligand Establishes Program to Develop Captisol-Enabled, Next-Generation Diagnostic Imaging Contrast Agents
News | Contrast Media | January 19, 2018
Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced initiation of a program to develop contrast agents with reduced renal toxicity....
FDA Holds MIDAC Meeting on Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents. Image by Marilyn Fornell
News | Contrast Media | September 07, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would hold a meeting of the Medical Imaging Drugs Advisory...
European Medicines Agency Issues Update on Gadolinium Contrast Agents
News | Contrast Media | August 29, 2017
August 29, 2017 — The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a final opinion that recommended restricting the use of
Guerbet Announces Plans to Streamline Contrast Media Portfolio, gadolinium MRI contrast
News | Contrast Media | July 18, 2017
Guerbet recently announced that it will phase out sales throughout the world of two products: Hexabrix (meglumine and...
ACR Offers Revised Contrast Media in Imaging Manual
News | Contrast Media | July 17, 2017
The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently revised its authoritative guide for the safe and effective use of...
Bayer Arterion contrast Injector used to administer medical imaging contrast for CT scans.

Bayer Healthcare's Arterion contrast injector system.

Feature | Contrast Media | June 19, 2017 | Dave Fornell
Here are several updates in medical imaging...
PRAC, European Medicines Agency, gadolinium-based contrast agents, safety recommendations, brain MRI
News | Contrast Media | March 13, 2017
The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency recently released new...
Lantheus Medical Imaging, Definity, FDA approval, label update, echocardiography, cardiac shunt contraindication
Technology | Contrast Media | February 02, 2017
Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a label update for Definity...
CT, computed tomography, IV contrast media, acute kidney injury risk, Annals of Emergency Medicine study

A new study in Annals of Emergency Medicine finds no association between intravenous contrast media used in computed tomography (CT) and kidney damage. Roughly 80 million doses of IV contrast media are given every year. Credit: American College of Emergency Physicians

News | Contrast Media | January 30, 2017
Intravenous contrast media (typically iohexol or iodixanol) used in computed tomography (CT) does not appear to be...
Overlay Init