ISMRM: Use MRI for some exams amid CT contrast shortage

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Use MRI instead of CT for some indications in midst of the current CT contrast shortage, according to an International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) editorial published on 2 June in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

The "current 'contrast crisis' brings to light new supply chain vulnerabilities in the delivery of imaging services and highlights the need to develop alternative imaging pathways for patient care," wrote an ISMRM group led by Dr. Scott Reeder, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

The editorial listed various measures radiology departments can take to conserve contrast, but it also suggested using MRI instead of contrast-enhanced CT (CECT) when possible.

"There is broad consensus across the Society that MRI/[MR angiography] is a clinically appropriate alternative to many clinical indications for which CECT or [CT angiography] are frequently performed," the ISMRM team wrote.

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