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amother






Post  Tue, Jan 31 2012, 5:53 pm
Was I supposed to get a heter to do a MRI with contrast?

I got an MRI and I told my Dh that the tech had to call in a nurse to do the IV. He asked if the dr specifically asked for the contrast or if they just did it because they use shellfish in the IV and its not kosher.
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Happy18









  


Post  Tue, Jan 31 2012, 5:56 pm
I don't think our rav would have an issue with it if its for medical reasons. I'm a little surprised that they use shellfish considering how many people are allergic to it.
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happyone









  


Post  Tue, Jan 31 2012, 6:32 pm
MRI contrast contains gadolinium not Iodine which is used for CT scans and is also found in shrimp / shellfish. It is not actual Shellfish that it's taken from! Besides, it does not go through the GI tract but through IV and shouldnt be a sheila at all.
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Liba









  


Post  Tue, Jan 31 2012, 6:35 pm
I was told it was fine. You aren't eating it. Smile
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Raizle









  


Post  Tue, Jan 31 2012, 6:36 pm
Doesn't kashrus only apply to things we actually eat?
As in bite, chew, swallow?
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amother






Post  Tue, Jan 31 2012, 6:44 pm
thank you everyone for replying and reassuring me that I didnt do anything wrong Whew
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amother






Post  Tue, Jan 31 2012, 6:51 pm
From what I have been told, this is not a halachic issue, but whether it comes from shellfish or not, I have been told if you are shellfish-allergic, you need to avoid it. Plenty of Web sites say other, but from personal experience I know I am allergic to shellfish and I have a very bad allergic reaction to betadine. My doctor told me to avoid ultrasound contrast agents.
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imamiri









  


Post  Thu, Feb 02 2012, 5:41 pm
Raizle wrote:
Doesn't kashrus only apply to things we actually eat?
As in bite, chew, swallow?


^^Exactly. This is Judaism folks, not Islam. Stop mixing the two.
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middy









  


Post  Thu, Feb 02 2012, 5:46 pm
amother wrote:
Was I supposed to get a heter to do a MRI with contrast?

I got an MRI and I told my Dh that the tech had to call in a nurse to do the IV. He asked if the dr specifically asked for the contrast or if they just did it because they use shellfish in the IV and its not kosher.


A dr has to order the contrast, a nurse does not make that decision.
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