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Is a chemical used in MRIs a threat to marine ecosystems?

from Hakai Magazine

A rare earth element critical to the diagnosis of medical conditions is accumulating in the world's oceans — and no one knows exactly how, and if, it will affect the marine ecosystem. Nearly half a billion doses of the element gadolinium have been given to patients worldwide to date. Patients are injected with gadolinium-based agents before certain magnetic resonance imaging examinations. more


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