Transdermal patches & MRI machines

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   Posted 3/5/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone,
Just got an alert from the FDA on a letter going to physicians. For people wearing a transdermal patch there is  now warning of a ptential burns to patient wearing a patch during an MRI. Some of the patches have an aluminum backing and some contain aluminum that cannot be seen. These will heat up and burn the patient during the MRI. They suggest when being sent for an MRI to take an extra patch with you to be put on after the MRI because they say the patch needs to come off during the MRI. The recommend patients to remind their dr they wear patches when be sent for a scan and to be sure and tell the facility that you wear patches.

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   Posted 3/5/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for this warning Susie...
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   Posted 3/5/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Susie, thanks. I think I remember that question on the last form I filled out before my most recent MRI.

BTW, how are you feeling?


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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much. I have had these for a few weeks now and I wouldn't have thought about it myself. I think they asked about patches and stuff the last time I had an MRI but I cannot remember for sure. Never too safe to be sorry, especially with patches.

Every time I have had an MRI, it burned over the entire area that they scanned. The last one they warned me was super-high powered and would burn more than most if I had that type of thing before. Most people I have asked say they feel nothing but I start to feel like I have an acute sunburn after a few minutes in that thing. Anyone else get this in the giant smelly tube of holy loudness?

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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't get the sunburn, but was ROFL at your description of the MRI "tube of holy loudness"!

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