Contrast material, or contrast dye, is a substance used to make
specific organs, blood vessels, or types of tissue (such as tumors) more
visible on X-rays. Contrast material may also be used during a CT scan, an
ultrasound, or an MRI scan.
Common contrast material substances include iodine, barium, and
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