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Dr. George Horng
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Does radioactive dye injection have side effects of blood infection?

Does radioactive dye injection have side effects of blood infection?

should not: The radioactive dye should be sterile and not cause infection. However, if the site of injection is not cleaned properly or the IV used for the injection becomes infected, there can be a risk of blood infection. ...Read more

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Radioactive (Definition)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more


Dr. Heather Curry
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Side effects of radiation dyes in system?

Side effects of radiation dyes in system?

Radioactive Dyes or: 'tracers' are special dyes usually given through an IV as part of a nuclear medicine study. Tracers contain a small amount of a radioactive isotope that decays naturally over time and is eliminated in the urine and stool. Most nuclear med procedures are painless except for mild discomfort associated with the iv. Allergic reactions to tracers are rare. Inform the tech if you could be pregnant. ...Read more

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Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
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Can MRI contrast dye have side effects?

Can MRI contrast dye have side effects?

Yes but rare: Mri contrast can have side effects but they are extremely rare. Contrast side effects are more common with ct. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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What are the side effects of MRI contrast dyes?

What are the side effects of MRI contrast dyes?

Check out this: link: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/mobile/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sfty_contrast

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Dr. John Overbeck
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Are there possible negative side effects from radiopharmaceuticals? I understand that radiopharmaceuticals is when radioactive substances are injected into the body, and i assume a low amount of radiation is ok, but when does the amount of radiation injec

In : In diagnostic nuclear medicine, our goal is to use the smallest amount of radioactive tracer that will give us the diagnosis. If you have ever been in a nuclear medicine department, you will be surprised at how long it takes to acquire an image. This is the trade off. Low tracer amounts yeild long imaging times. At some point, the patient can't hold still any longer. Your second question is when does radioactivity become harmful. Any sort of ionizing radiation can cause an increased risk of cancer. Sunlight, cosmic rays, and radiation coming from our environment will all cause a small increase of cancer rates. Because of this, we are always striving to keep our doses as low as reasonably achievable (alara). Please see :http://www.Ncsu.Edu/ehs/radiation/forms/alara.Pdf for more details. ...Read more

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I read in articles that the dye used for a contrast abdominal/renal CT scan can cause many severe side effects including renal damage/failure. True?

I read in articles that the dye used for a contrast abdominal/renal CT scan can cause many severe side effects including renal damage/failure. True?

True: IV contrast can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, especially those allergic to iodine or shellfish. IV contrast is removed from the body by the kidneys. If one is dehydrated or has baseline kidney dysfunction, administration of contrast may worsen kidney function, leading to temporary or permanent kidney failure ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of being injected with raidioactive isotopes for a bone x-ray?

Are there any side effects of being injected with raidioactive isotopes for a bone x-ray?

Very little: Radioactive isotopes for bone scans are very safe. The half-life of the isotopes is relatively short so the radioactivity gives a very little dose to body ,that unless someone is pregnant ,should not be of any concern . ...Read more

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Can you tell me about side effects of being injected with raidioactive isotopes for a bone x-ray?

Can you tell me about side effects of being injected with raidioactive isotopes for a bone x-ray?

See below: As there is radiation you should not get a bone scan if you are pregnant. Unless you are allergic to the agent there is no common side effect. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Chao
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The dye which is used for MRI is made up of what?Does it contain any radioactive substance?

No: There are about 7-8 marketed MRI contrasts in the us. The safest ones do not cause nsf. These are multihance, ProHance and eovist. None of these have been associated with nsf when used alone. Nsf is a skin condition which is extremely painful. It usually happens to people with poor renal function. So.. You should tell your doctor if you have poor kidney function. ...Read more

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