Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Concerns Over Kidney Injury From CT Contrast Seem Misplaced — Physician’s First Watch
Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Concerns Over Kidney Injury From CT Contrast Seem Misplaced
By the NEJM Journal Watch Editors
The idea that intravenous contrast material is an important cause of acute kidney injury is based largely on uncontrolled observations. A retrospective study in Radiology challenges this conventional wisdom.
The findings suggest that when contrast is essential to maximize a CT scan's diagnostic yield, mild to moderate renal impairment should not preclude administration of intravenous contrast.