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MRIs are poisoning the environment with toxic metal

The lab test that we all thought was safe for everyone, magnetic resonance imaging (just magnets and radio waves! no radiation! yay!), turns out to be problematic: The process leaches toxic gadolinium into the water supply. Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University tested river waters in Tokyo for gadolinium, a contrast agent given to patients receiving MRIs, which renders everything from tumors to inflammation to blood clots visible on scans. (Translation: Gadolinium is literally a lifesaver.) The concoction is safe in the body because the gadolinium is bound to a chelating agent, which makes it nonreactive. Patients later expel the compound from their bodies through urine—which is when the problems begin.  Read more....

 

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