I wasn’t aware that some Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) dyes have a history of causing severe health problems, some so serious that they’re life-threatening. Award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson reminds us of the scope of the problem.
Since 2017, I’ve reported on the increasing safety issues surrounding some commonly-used MRI dye known as “gadolinium.” I told the story with help from the wife of Chuck Norris who almost died from gadolinium toxicity after a series of MRIs.
After my initial report on Full Measure, the questionable dyes were banned in many countries. However, the FDA chose instead to issue a warning.
The problem is, not many people have heard of the warning and it’s not easy to find on the FDA website, as I reported.
Many doctors are also unaware. One expert explained to me that the medical doctors who refer patients for MRIs count on the radiologist to know about the dye warnings and risks. However, the radiologists who do know typically don’t see or consult with the patients, so the information is not transmitted.
My Full Measure story below is the only place I know of where the safety information– by brand, according to the FDA– is easily accessible.
There’s more at the link.
This report came as a real shock to me. I’ve had several MRI’s, most without dye injections, but a couple with them, and I’ve never been informed by any of my medical practitioners that there might be an issue with the dyes. I wish I’d known then what Ms. Attkisson has uncovered in her report.
Since almost all of us are likely to undergo an MRI at some time in our lives, I strongly suggest that you click over to the report, read it in full, watch the video clip Ms. Attkisson provides, and make notes. If your medical practitioner refers you for an MRI involving dye, you need to be fully informed, so as to be able to insist on the least risky procedure. In this case, forewarned is definitely forearmed!