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FDA Approves New MRI Contrast Agent Gadopiclenol


Requiring only half of the gadolinium dose of current non-specific gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), gadopiclenol can be utilized with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help detect lesions with abnormal vascularity in the central nervous system and other areas of the body.

Gadopiclenol, a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent that offers high relaxivity and reduced dosing of gadolinium, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1

Approved for use with MRI in adults and pediatric patients two years of age or older, gadopiclenol is a macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agent that aids in the diagnosis of lesions with abnormal vascularity in the brain, spine, abdomen, and other areas of the body.

Recently published research demonstrated that gadopiclenol provides contrast enhancement and diagnostic efficacy at half of the gadolinium dosing of other gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) such as gadobutrol and gadobenate dimeglumine.2

Co-developed by Bracco Diagnostics and Guerbet, gadopiclenol will be manufactured and marketed as Vueway™ (Bracco Diagnostics) and Elucirem™ (Guerbet).1,3

Alberto Spinazzi, M.D., the chief medical and regulatory officer at Bracco Diagnostics, said gadopiclenol is “a first of its kind MRI agent that delivers the highest relaxivity and highest kinetic stability of all GBCAs on the market today.”


1. Bracco Diagnostics. Bracco announces FDA approval of gadopiclenol injection, a new macrocyclic high-relaxivity gadolinium-based contrast agent which will be commercialized as VUEWAY™ (gadopiclenol) injection and VUEWAY™ (gadopiclenol) phamarcy bulk package by Bracco. Cision PR Newswire. Available at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bracco-announces-fda-approval-of-gadopiclenol-injection-a-new-macrocyclic-high-relaxivity-gadolinium-based-contrast-agent-which-will-be-commercialized-as-vueway-gadopiclenol-injection-and-vueway-gadopiclenol-pharmacy-bulk-p-301630124.html . Published September 21, 2022. Accessed September 21, 2022.

2. Bendszus M, Roberts D, Kolumban B, et al. Dose finding study of gadopiclenol, a new macrocyclic contrast agent, in MRI of central nervous system. Invest Radiol. 2020;55(3):129-137.

3. Guerbet. Guerbet announces U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Elucirem™ (gadopiclenol) injection for use in contrast-enhanced MRI. Cision PR Newswire. Available at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/guerbet-announces-us-food-and-drug-administration-fda-approval-of-elucirem-gadopiclenol-injection-for-use-in-contrast-enhanced-mri-301630085.html . Published September 21, 2022. Accessed September 21, 2022.

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