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    What are the side effects of CT scan and MRI scan dye?

    Posted by Ravi Sohal on Wed, Sep 23, 2009

    ct mri dye contrast side effectsCT scans and MRI scans are high tech imaging studies that give doctors the ability to look at the internal anatomy of the body in great detail. One of the tools used to help in differentiating normal structures from abnormal structures like tumors, aneurysms, infection, is IV contrast dye. The dye used in CT scans is based on low osmolar contrast material and for MRI scans on gadolinium. The dye is injected through an IV catheter placed in a vein (usually in the arm or hand). The contrast highlights different tissue types bringing out vessels, tumors, inflammation, cysts, etc, that might be missed if the dye was not administered for the scan.

    Many patients are unaware of the side effects of the dye or misinformed (and uninformed) about the risk of contrast administration. A recent contrast injection study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN looked back at over 450,000 dye injections. Below is a brief summary of their experience:

    • CT scan dye side effects were 0.15%
    • MRI dye side effects were 0.04%
    • Most common side effects were hives and nausea
    • 19 patients had a severe side effect (requiring medication, treatment)
    • 1 patient died which is a mortality risk of 0.0003%

    Clearly there is a risk of a severe reaction to the dye or even death. However, as the Mayo Clinic reports the vast majority of their patients did not have a reaction.

    Although reactions to contrast are rare, it is standard practice to inform you of the possibility of dye administration and its potential side effects. However, keep in mind that many imaging facilities will not have a verbal discussion with you regarding IV contrast administration. It's usually in the paperwork you fill out before the test. Make sure you read and understand what you are signing in advance!

    Have you had a contrast dye injection? What was your experience like? Leave your comments below.

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    posted @ Thursday, September 24, 2009 6:47 AM by Hari Babu

    I hd a MRI 3 times now abd theydid use the dye NO ONE Infomed me ofthe risk with the dye. It was later that I found out about it. I understand that it helps find things but having the die 3 times in 6 months? Im worried about the side effects how do I know if I will have NSF?

    posted @ Monday, September 28, 2009 11:24 AM by Stephanie Van Horn

    I had a contrast dye injection for a cardio CT scan. I had a severe reaction to it. My whole body felt very heavy, I felt faint and nauseous and my eyes were extremely blood shot and I had patchy swellings on my face and under my eye and I also had uncontrollable body shakes. I was immediately given a high dose of antihistamine and also a steriod injection. I had to remain at the hospital for the rest of the day and could not drive home. I really did feel dreadful and was left with a very back headache. They also informed me that on the 2nd shot of the injection during the scan my heart rate raced sky high. I will now no longer be able to have any contrast dye injections. I was not fully aware about the injection before the scan.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 06, 2009 12:55 PM by Niki

    When I had my ctscan w/contrast, the tech but the contrast in my arm instead of the vein. I looked like popeye. My arm was swollen and bruised for a week. I wonder if this could cause any damage.

    posted @ Saturday, October 10, 2009 10:31 AM by Kathy

    My wife just had a ct scan done with the contrast dye, for a potential kidney donor, and she broke out in little red bumps that look like hives. she took benadryl tablets and but is still experiencing hot flashes along with the hives.

    posted @ Saturday, October 17, 2009 11:17 PM by Eric

    I had a CT scan with oran and IV contrast this morning. I got so incredibly sick to my stomach that I was gagging and heeving during the test. The immediate ill feeling left me shortly after the test was done. Now I just feel 'blah' and sleepy. OH and they really should TELL you you are going to feel like you are peeing on yourself. I freaked out!

    posted @ Wednesday, November 04, 2009 11:15 AM by Kim

    I've had three cat scans with dye in the last year and a half, abdominal/pelvis scan. The first two times, my legs were shaking pretty bad, but I think they were before I went in due to nerves. The last time I didn't have any shakes, only my throat got pretty dry, which could've been from not being able to eat/drink since the previous night. I'm a cancer survivor, so I'm happy to check up and make sure I'm clean. Cheers,

    posted @ Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:55 AM by Matt

    I am having this test tomorrow, and really appreciate your comments. I am a litte on edge about getting the contrast but feel it is important to really get a good view of what is going on. I will update tomorrow if good or bad experience.

    posted @ Thursday, November 19, 2009 2:27 PM by Denise

    I had one today, the people giving the test kept missing the vein, they thought they got it in then my vein blew up after 4ccs. THey didn't want to try it anymore, SOOO I get to go back and try it again, they want me to drink a ton of water before I go in. It helps the veins, but now I'm looking at my hand and its swollen, and I either think I'm having a reaction to it OR they missed the vein and shot 4ccs in my body. I'm not happy with the whole experience and I have had this done before with out any problems, I hope everything works out, and I unfortuantly will have to go get the the thing done again, I am going to have words with the people's managers and make sure they have someone that is competent to put the needle in.

    posted @ Thursday, November 19, 2009 6:25 PM by Eric

    I had one yesterday and the only side effect I had was feeling warm all over when the contrast was injected. The tech however had told me this would happen. After the test I drove myself home and had breakfast because I was starved.

    posted @ Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:00 AM by Brian Madigan

    My daughter had 2 cat scans within a matter of days 3 years ago..since then she gets sick alot and stays sick for a long time.. very often it's nothing they can pinpoint but it is obvious that she is very ill..she is sick right now with some type of infection but they don't know they prescribed a strong antibiotic and she is beginning to get better...just wondering if anyone else out there has anything similar to this going on.. this may have nothing to do with the cat scan but doesn't hurt to ask..

    posted @ Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:28 PM by Cheryl

    I had a ct scan done for possible inflammed appendix (I just had the stomach flu) after the test about 2 hours I had a horrible back ache and aching in the pelvic area almost to the point of needing pain medication, I toughed it out and it made me think it was from the contrast die or the orange drink (Contrast fluid?) before the test. I hope it didn't hurt my kidneys???

    posted @ Friday, November 27, 2009 5:03 AM by janet tapocik

    I have had 3 angiograms and angioplasties,with excruciating shoulder pain each time..I mean sobbing pain. The last time during the procedure the Doctor told me to raise my arms upward,it pushes the dye out of the shoulder joints..amazing,the pain stopped immediately..wish I had been told this the other 2 times..the rest of the procedure went smoothly with me smiling .

    posted @ Saturday, November 28, 2009 2:22 PM by jenny

    I had a CT scan 6 days ago with contrast IV. i woke up the next day with a badly swollen red face - very hot to the touch and itchy. the next day the face swelling was better but my eyes werenow almost swollen shut and the itching was bad. By day 3 there was no more facial swelling - but the itching was still there - mainly on my chest, waist, earloabes and neck. I noticed that my lymph nodes were all swollen in my neck - which is of course concerning because i was being scanned for cancer - swollen lymph nodes can be caused by allergic reactions - hoping to get clarification in 2 days once i meet with my dr to review the results. I haven't been able to find more than just basic information about the allergic reactions to this contrast substance - nothing says it lasts more than a few hours and here i am on day 6 and still in physical discomfort - my skin is itchy and very dry - no amount of expensive face creams will keep it hydrated for more than a few hours - lips chapped. I can't be the only one going through this. but i can't find a similar story online - that's why i decided to add mine. hope it helps someone.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 02, 2009 7:37 PM by Julie

    I had a CT scan on Monday, two days ago. While I had the ejection I felt nice and warm.(I am always cold) It scared me a little when I was told I would feel warm and it would feel like I pee myself. It felt actually finally nice and warm. 
    Last night (one day after the procedure) I started feeling itchy on my stomach and back. I have severe rash that burns, hurts and itches like crazy 24/7. I went to the emergency at the Hospital and they gave me a anti hystamine which is supposed to help but it just makes me calm and sleepy. It gets the itch under control but my stomach, bum and inside upper legs are red and full of little bumps. It doesnt go away and next I will go see a Doctor again. The Doctor I saw felt it was hives from the Dye. I know it is a reaction to something but just not sure if it is from the Dye. I didnt have anything unusual to eat that could have give me a rash. 
    I did everything I was told when I had the CT scan. drink lots of water and not tan. Its just unbelievable to have such a rash.

    posted @ Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:49 PM by skinnygirl

    I have had several CT scans w/ and w/o contrast in the past 4-6 months. They DID tell me the side effects and all that goes with the dye injection as well. I think that finding out what is wrong w/ you is important and they would not have found the tumor in my kidney had they not done the CT scan w/ contrast. I count my blessings everyday. I did not break out in hives or a rash nor have a headache or any other sypmtoms.

    posted @ Monday, December 07, 2009 9:03 AM by Veronica

    Had CT with dye injected earlier today. Feel starnge / nauseous in my stomach. Appetite etc ok but feeling in my stomach like I am in horror movie and being frightened all the time.

    posted @ Friday, December 11, 2009 4:05 PM by Tony Connell

    I had second CT with contrast dye scan for chest area two days ago. I also had illeostomy so solid waste goes into bag (for 5 years). Everything fine but then last night my solid waste stopped coming and all my liquid waste went through the stoma (which goes into bowel)--a straw colored liquid. I produced very little urine through kidneys. This morning also felt lightheaded and slightly nauseous. Don't know if this all from the dye or not.

    posted @ Friday, December 18, 2009 12:14 PM by dennis

    Hello - i had previously posted about a CT injection reaction (a few posts up) I wanted to give a status update. the redness and swelling finally subsided after 8 days. My skin is still dryer than normal but i'm making sure to moisturize throughout the day and it's getting better - the lymphnode swelling was in fact caused by the reaction. Here are a list of products that i found helpful for the hives and swelling. 
    - gold bond extra strength itch lotion - helped ease the itching for 30-45 minutes. Arius allergy medication - i had tried others but they didn't seem as effective, allergy medication seems to effect different people in different ways - this one worked for me. 
    Cortizone cream did nothing at all for me though it was recomended by the Dr (in a very small amounts) 
    Oher advice i would suggest is if your skin is red and itchy - try to not touch it often - it's hard but i found that as soon as i caved in and scratched or touched, the hives got worse...sometimes just the pure mental aggitation of focussing on the hives and getting upset about it made it worse. 
    I found that the medicine along with doing something...anything to get my mind off of the discomfort made a huge differencein the some cases the hives subsided.... and ladies, forget about wearing a bra if you can - it made the rash so much more worse than anywhere else on my body. 
    hope this information is useful - i'd encourage all of you to post an update once the symptoms get better - since thats the information we were all looking for in the first place - help the next guy or gal out :) - good luck.

    posted @ Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:50 AM by Julie

    My daughter had a MRI with contrast. She completed the procedure without any problems. But after 2 hrs. she started having severe pain from the site of the dye towards the whole hand through which the dye has passed. In some areas it is more and as if some thick objects are inside. Used some antiinflammatory gel, tablets, antihistamines and even a course of antibiotics. Hot compresses also continued. Even after 10 days still continues the pain. Now there is some relief.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 23, 2009 2:54 AM by SURESH

    The last contrast dye application, before the 24th of Dec, 2009, was in the 1st half of the eighties, at which time the side effect was as if I were dying. Since that time I have always had that in my medical records, so that the medical personnel is aware. I did not have any side effect at the time, when contrast dye was used on the 24th of Dec, 2009

    posted @ Friday, December 25, 2009 1:19 PM by Bill Buitendyk

    I had this just the other day, and about 10 minutes after drinking the contrast, I felt a great deal of nausea. I went to the washroom, felt like vomiting, started getting chills, and persistent ringing in my ears. I left the washroom and my vision went black and I nearly fainted. It came back after two minutes, and I continued on with the injection into my arm. The injection was said to feel a bit warm, but when they did it, my entire arm started cramping uncontrollably and it felt like it was burning, so I asked them to stop, and that was only half of the dye apparently. I wonder what caused all of these things.

    posted @ Friday, January 01, 2010 5:43 AM by Darryl Thompson

    I had two cat scans in 2007, one in July and the 2nd one in December. I have red bumps on area of my body and itching all of the time. I have had blood tests for alergies, biopsy, many different meds prescribed by a doctor. Nothing seems to stop the itching. I figured after two years it must go away, but no chance, still itching. Any suggestions. 

    posted @ Monday, January 11, 2010 8:12 AM by Alan Ray

    I had an MRI Today Jan 2010 and specifically asked if there were possible side effects and the tech said there were none! The nurse botched my 1st IV and I made her try the 2nd attempt in my other arm. I was nauseous during the test but it passed. I felt the dye when it was injected - it felt like boiling water going through my veins but didn't hurt, was just startling. When I got home I was super hungry & ate a sandwich and went to sleep for 4 hours. When I woke up I ate dinner and then was extremely nauseous and threw up. Now I am drinking a bi-carbonate to settle my stomach. Ask for a valium when you are getting an MRI because you have to lie still for a long time & it will relax you & lessen feelings of claustraphobia.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:05 AM by allee

    i had an mri scan with the dye. It didnt work in my arm so got it put into my hand. i was under the scanner for around 10 mins when i felt severe pain in my had where the dye was being injected. i had to stop the scan. they said the dye had leeked and sent me on home. later on that night my hand and wrist began to swell and was in a lot of pain. this lasted throughout the weekend so i went to a&e and was told i was allergic to the dye. i ended up on on antibiotics, antihistamines and anti inflamatories.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:39 PM by nao

    I had the mri scan and dye injected into my hip 2days ago, it was very painfull as the dye went in and it felt very wierd and my leg felt very heavy. after the injection i passed out twice, which was very scary as my blood pressure dropped very dangerously. now im still in alot of pain with my leg is this normal??? it is horrible i cant move!!! aimee

    posted @ Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:00 AM by aimee

    I had a CT Scan with Iodine on January 8. Immediately following I had pain in my left calf and right arm from elbow to shoulder. I saw my doctor on January 11. She did not see any bruising and told me not to worry. On January 17, I had a stroke from a unknown cause. I had no risk factors and am in good health. The hospital said it could not be related to my pain in my calf and arm from the iodine. Fortunately, it was mild stroke. Any one else with this excperience?

    posted @ Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:18 PM by elaine

    Today, I had a ct scan and the dye gave me very bad lower back pain. It also made my heart race and a little dizzy. When the test was done my pulse and blood pressure taken everything was normal. when I got home I felt very slug and tired. I tried to drink some water and it tasted really bad. That was my experience with my ct scan.

    posted @ Thursday, January 21, 2010 8:17 PM by Nancy Rosario

    I had a CT Scan in June 2008 and another CT Scan Dec. 28, 2008. I have had hives and itching for over 2 years. Been to Doctors, Biopsy, nothing, blood test, nothing, many different meds and nothing seems to stop the hives and itching. I wished someone could figure out how to get this to go away.

    posted @ Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:39 PM by Alan Ray

    I had a CT scan today with contrast. I was not informed of the side affects prior to the injection. The process was for me to drink Barium at 9p.m. then again at 730am. My appt was at 830am. I entered the radiology department and they started an IV on me and walked me to the CT scanner. I did not have to get undressed. I laid on the bed and they attached an IV line that was hooked to a VERY large Syringe that was attached to the scanner. Then they left the room the machine bed was pulled up then back throught the round xray portion of the machine. The tech told me to hold my breath and then the bed went up and back again. Then without warning, they had the contrast go into the IV which ran into my Left arm. I felt the liquied go into my arm and I suddenly felt very hot starting in my neck with a funny flavor in my mouth. I stopped caring about that when the hot feeling went down the rest of my body. I was instantly concerned because I felt like I was cooking from the inside out. I was really VERY hot which made me panic a little. When I asked is this normal they said it was. No hotflash I have ever had has been this hot. It came and went in a matter of a few minutes. It has been 8 hours and I do not feel good. Not sure what is wrong but I feel very lethargic. I hope this helps whoever reads this prepare for their MRI with contrast. I wish I had some of this info before I left this morning for my test. They really should be required to tell you this information so it is not such a surprise. I think everyone has a different response and maybe that is why they don't tell you.

    posted @ Friday, January 29, 2010 4:36 PM by Sharon

    I had a CT with contrast dye scan for chest area two days ago. I wasn't told to take some fluids beforehand! I felt a very warm flush through my body and the metal taste in my mouth, as well as a more rapid heartbeat! I got dizzy when I wanted to get up after they were finished. In the waiting room I starting feeling a bit disorientated: dizzy, headaches and nauseous, as well as getting hot flashes. I could barely get out of bed yesterday - terrible muscle pain and stiffness (I do also suffer from Fibromyalgia)and a general sick feeling. I felt very tired and still do. I also get stomach pain off-and-on. My lower back was/is also very painful and I think it is my kidneys. I drink lots of water, but don't urinate accordingly (much less). O yes, I also experience a sore throat during the coarse of the day. So, now I feel sick and very tired and would like to know what's going on with my kidneys?!

    posted @ Sunday, January 31, 2010 4:23 PM by Heidi

    I had a CT of my chest this morning (Feb 2, 2010). I was told nothing by mouth for 4 hours prior, which meant my last liquid was at 10pm last night. It is the 3rd chest CT since May, 2010. After each one I am fine at first, but between 20-40 minutes after I get the worst case of chills- like what happens when you have a high fever. It lasted about 45 minutes while I was drinking 4- 5 glasses of water to try to flush the dye out. The chills have passed, but I am extremely achy and lethargic. I called the lab and neither the nurse nor the radiologist thought it was an allergy. Neither had ever heard of such a reaction. Since I have to have this test repeated every 6 months, I would like to find something I could do that might help prevent or lessen the effect.

    posted @ Tuesday, February 02, 2010 2:37 PM by Kathy

    I had a ct scan where I had to drink the orange contrast plus I had to get the IV contrast. This was on 1/24/10 till this day I still have a metal taste in my mouth, and after my test I didn't have anything to drink for about 15 hours and even then I didn't drink much. Wondering if the dye could still be in my body?

    posted @ Wednesday, February 03, 2010 3:11 AM by ShannonW.

    I had CAT scans yesterday for chest, stomach and abdomen, with contrast. Other than the usual hot feeling when the contrast dye started, I felt no particular side effects 9itching, etc.). But last night about 9 pm I noticed that my lymph glands in my throat were extremely swollen; shortly after that, the area between these glands also swelled up (I presume this is my thyroid). There was no pain, but it is pretty scary. Naturally I cannot get hold of my doctor to aswsk about this until later today. I already take Claritin,so I am hoping that this will help. I feel pretty certain that I just need to wait for the iodine to be absorbed by my body - I hope! I have had CAT scans before with contrast and never experienced this. May be another effect of my chemo.

    posted @ Thursday, February 04, 2010 8:12 AM by g ziagos

    I had CT scans before chemo, but this was the first time I had any AFTER chemo. The iodine contrast caused thyroiditis the evening after the CT scans. My throat glands swelled up, then my thyroid. No pain, but it was very scary! I chewed raw garlic and it had gone down somewhat in the morning. But at dinner that night, everything swelled up again - I realized it was probably from the sea salt I use on my food. Now the area is a little sore and still a little swollen, but it appears to be ok.

    posted @ Friday, February 05, 2010 7:20 PM by ginny z

    I had MRI with contrast (brain) last Friday (Feb 4) and experienced no side effects.

    posted @ Tuesday, February 09, 2010 11:03 AM by Susan

    @ Cheryl, I am going through the same problem. I get fever and my WBC count goes high. Doctors suspect presence of some infection in my body but are not able to find out what it is. 
    They have done all the tests and every test is normal. 
    CT scan, MRI, bone marrow. I have gone through all of them but nothing turns out and its crazy. They give heavy antibiotic nothing else. 
    suggest something if you have a similar story.

    posted @ Tuesday, February 09, 2010 11:41 AM by ankit

    Has anyone ever exp blisters on their tongue/lip after a ct with contrast dye ? I've been having the scans for 5 yrs (post stomach cancer) and have always been okay apart from the warm feeling.

    posted @ Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:54 PM by Rosy

    Hi Rosy, 
    Did you have the blisters within a few hours of the dye injection? It could be a mild reaction to the contrast. Some people develop allergies after repeated exposure...

    posted @ Sunday, February 14, 2010 6:56 AM by Ravi Sohal

    Many years ago, I was injected with dye for a kidney x ray and almost died on the table. My throat closed, heart raced, blood pressure went way up, and I passed out. Now I need an MRI for my liver. Even though I'm being told the contrast dye is totally different than what I reacted to, I'm unable to give permission to be injected. Any thoughts?

    posted @ Monday, February 15, 2010 4:10 PM by Marilyn

    I had a CAT scan about 3 weeks ago. The information I received had a warning for diabetics. I am not diabetic but hypoglycemic (which is a blood sugar issue). The day after the dye was put into me, I had a severe hypoglycemic crash (I have never had one that severe, ever) and began to shake like I was chilled (but I wasn't). As I said, this was three weeks ago and I am still dealing with the hypoglycemia symptoms (insomnia, anxiety, lightheadedness).

    posted @ Wednesday, February 17, 2010 5:24 PM by Jim

    I had a CT scan fall of '09 with contrast. Had the warm fuzzy feeling when it was injected but a few days after the test, I experienced that warm feeling in my right buttocks. It would come and go in 10 seconds. No pain, just the onset of the warm feeling and then fading away. Months later now, it has moved to the back of my right thigh. Anyone experience this? My doctor says it might be a pinched nerve. ????

    posted @ Thursday, February 18, 2010 6:06 PM by Suz

    I had a CT with contrast dye of the abdomen 2 days ago. The test went ok, but on the way home I developed an almost Migraine like headache that is still present! I am also dizzy as a bat and walk like a drunk person. Nausea also is affecting me even when I am not trying to walk. How long does this last? Is this a well known side effect? Why do they not mention it with the other symptoms and does it mean that I should not have the dye in future? My sister and mom reacted severly to the dye when they had it in the past...

    posted @ Friday, February 19, 2010 3:05 PM by Sue C

    I had an experience just a few weeks ago, after being admitted in the hospital for chest pains, I had to have an CT w/dye injected into my veins, the whole experience was terrible, instant burning throughout my body, my ears began to ring and sense then still do, I felt nauseated, dizzy, my vision was blurred, my nerves went hay wire, and I began to get constant, sharp, stinging pains in my legs and shoulders, my neck ached on the right side, as well as the right side of my head, these pains are still effecting me today. I wasn't given any heads up on what can happen by getting this procedure done, but I thought it would be for the best, sense I was admitted for chest pains.

    posted @ Monday, February 22, 2010 12:29 PM by Pamela Lawson

    I had a CT today with both an injected dye and Barium Sulfate drink. 
    The Barium caused diarrhea about an hour after ingestion, so be prepared for that. 
    The dye caused a flush similar to amyl nitrate, which I suspect is some agent used to dialate the blood vessels for the dye. There are some body aches afterwards, but nothing major. Curiously, my singing and whistling have improved - must have coated mouth and vocal cords. The technician recommended drinking plenty of water afterwards to flush the dye in order to prevent kidney damage. This is also probably a good idea to counteract the dehydration from the Barium. Now I know where I will be spending the rest of my afternoon - whistling on the can.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 24, 2010 3:08 PM by billy

    I was in the hospital from 2/10 until 2/17 with extreme stomach pains I had 2 st scans, one with dye injected. an xray every day no contrast, I was on a regime of two anti biotics through iv. my stomach went down I had a colonoscopy sp? everything was clear for chrons etc. but a few days after getting out of the hospital, I have broken out with a rash under my right arm and it goes around to the centr of my back, it hurts and is blistery. Could this be from the anti biotics? what should I do? Thank you.

    posted @ Saturday, February 27, 2010 2:45 AM by susan

    I have had several abdminal/pelvic ct scans and also head/brain ct scans. I had no adverse reactions except for the hot feeling during the administration of the dye. My husband, however, had an angiogram with contrast and was allergic so he broke out in hives. Very bad  
    for him. I am wondering why physicians do not do contrast ct scans on elderly patients and what the risk is som type of kidney damage I believe? 

    posted @ Tuesday, March 02, 2010 11:12 AM by Roxanne Mott

    I had a ct scan yesterday and after the procedure the severe headache started. I have never had migraine headaches but I am sure the headache I have is very similar to a migraine. I am not planning on having a ct scan again.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 11:32 AM by Mark

    Yesterday, March 5, i had a ct w contrast. i noticed when the tech started the IV, blood was squirting out of it. I knew something wasn't right, then they injected the dye and my arm tightened and the pain was immense. I started yelling at them to stop and they didn't until they looked at me. My arm turned green then a blotchy rash was all over me. The tech said I was allergic, but I had this test many times before. They started another line and I was ok, yeah i had the usual warm feeling but nothing like the first injection. i now realise that he put the line in my ARTERY! Today my arm aches and am having a lot of stomach troubles. Any advice? Is this dangerous to have the dye in my artery?

    posted @ Saturday, March 06, 2010 1:46 PM by Teisha

    I had an MRI with contrast and was surprised how quickly it was over.The person who was doing the procedure was in contact with me the whole time and I was given an alarm in case I felt panicky.It was almost like being on a building site with several different noises going on but otherwise painless and not worth getting worried about.

    posted @ Monday, March 08, 2010 8:13 AM by Maureen Plainse

    Cat Scan with contrast done last Wednesday - fine during the test and after. The following evening, started with itchy heated blotches, then getting worse and worse. I am now on day 5 of swelling, hives everywhere on my body, lips, stomach, face, eyes, legs, chest, back...everywhere. I have made 2 trips back to my doctor, and 1 emergency room visit - I would not wish this on anyone. I cant sleep, I cannot get comfortable any which way I try. ABSOLUTLEY NO contrast for me ever again! My question??? how long is this gonna last?

    posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2010 11:40 AM by Ellen Fallon

    CT w/contrast yesterday. no problems. felt a little warmth after the dye was injected, but nothing major-just a tiny bruising where the tech put in the IV...

    posted @ Thursday, March 11, 2010 6:57 AM by spike

    Glad I found this site. I had a CT Scan approximately 3 weeks ago, and decided to look up the side effects because since my CT Scan I've developed a bad headache in the back of my head, neck pain and a feeling of pins and needles in my left pinky finger, my right arm is achy and feels painful at times since the injection of the dye. I'm awakening from sleep to a lower left back pain that shoots right through starting in my back through to my abdomen it doesn't appear to be coming from my spine. Test revealed no Kidney problem other than a slowing down of my left kidney function and a cyst. Originally thinking I have a pinched nerve, but now I'm wondering if it is effects from the dye. It would be nice to know if it's after effect of the dye on the system.  
    The test did reveal I have a abdominal aorta dissection. My original complaint of flank pain on the left side of 6 years still has not been diagnosed.  

    posted @ Saturday, March 13, 2010 8:05 AM by Kim

    I had an MRI in the eighties. Before it I was of normal size. I notice my legs and arms start to grow immediately after the MRI. For years my legs grew to now un human size. My thighs are about 50 inches around. My skin on my legs is tight and hard. I'm told it's from the gadolinium. I need help to find ways to cope and legal help or lawyers that will steer me in the right direction. Terry

    posted @ Monday, March 15, 2010 3:08 AM by Terry DeLaGarza

    Had a CT scan 5days ago suffering from itchy skin and burning feeling to head and having flaky skin on face its like being burnt during suinbathing anyone else experience this and how long it goes on for?

    posted @ Monday, March 15, 2010 10:47 AM by andy

    I had my ct coronary angiogram scan yesterday near noon time. By afternoon, I had slight fever n vomitted. It was bad. Could have made worst by the slight cold that I already have. After the contrast was injected into me, I also felt sudden pain at the area where I was injected. I lt felt that something was pulling off my flesh. I had quickly informed rge radiologist. Age abs her colleague quicly attended to me but said that everything was fine. Could be due to the saline.

    posted @ Saturday, March 20, 2010 10:33 AM by Wendy

    I had my cat scan done on Friday, I was informed of the procedure, what it will feel like, up and including being subjected to 8 months worth of radiation, that you naturally pick up in day to day living. 
    I was also questioned when i had the last scan and they do not do more then one, unless it is a life and death issue more then once a year. 
    The people that mentioned getting two close to each other, with nasty side effects are likely suffering from radiation poisoning and should see their doctor about it. 
    I had no side effects , just a few annoyances, like the tech, not finding my vein. But hospital policy is, they get 2 tries , IF no luck, they need to find superior to find the vein, if none is available they reschedule. 
    I was also sent home with a phone number, had i any concerns and symptoms; i could call.People are reading this for reassurance and i urge you to remember that everyone is  
    All this said and done, the worst part of my scan was before hand, hearing about all the horror stories other had to tell DIFFERENT. You have a right to know what the procedure is, but you also have an obligation to provide all the information, such as medicine your taking, last x-rays are all crucial information for your safety. 
    ANY PROCEDURE you are subjected to, you have the right to know what to expect, understand it fully...some drs are not very forthcoming with this information, insist on answers anf if that annoys the dr, just tell him, its your life, not just a job , YOU NEED TO KNOW

    posted @ Sunday, March 28, 2010 10:00 AM by Violet

    Had CT scan 30th march 2010 It was a mechanical injection that popped the vein and the contrast went into my flesh istead of my vein . My hand felt as though it was exploding the pain was extreme. Hand and arm to the elbow became extremely swollen and I spent the next two days in hospital for what should have been a half hour visit to the imaging room. Am now wondering what effect this contrast is going to have on my tissue and joints in my hand. Has anyone else had this happen to them.

    posted @ Thursday, April 01, 2010 9:31 PM by lesleigh

    i have had about 7 cat scans within 4 months since nov i am losing my hair and i am very itchy all over no one seems to know why i am losing my hair or why i am so itchy please help

    posted @ Saturday, April 10, 2010 10:52 AM by grace

    I had a head MRI and chest CT scan yesterday. I had the dye for the CT. They told me I would feel hot flushes, a metalic taste and I would feel like I was going to wet myself. All of these did happen. Later, when I got home, I experience terrible stabbing pains in my head (forehead). I suffer from migrains and headaches anyway, but I don't think I have experienced one like the one I keep getting. I don't know if these are side-effects or not. But I am worried. Paracetamol doesn't seem to help either. Help?

    posted @ Thursday, April 22, 2010 3:27 AM by Evangeline

    Had an MRI brain scan with gadolinium some years ago. I was not aware of side effects so was somewhat shocked by urgent need to vomit (whilst inside the scanner) within s couple of seconds of the dye being injected. Had a head/ face/ neck CT scan with Opti Pak two days ago and have had brilliant red chest and very white face intermittently since. However, surely this is not major when you consider the reasons for the scans (tumours in my case).

    posted @ Friday, April 23, 2010 1:16 PM by Bob Owen

    I had a dye injection six days ago to determine the state of my bones. Immediately after the technician finished with the test, I left and when I removed the bandaid, I noticed a large lump at the injection site. I returned a couple days later and the doctor said I had an allergic reaction. He as given me an antibotic, but it is doing nothing with the large lump. Does anyone have any information on such a reaction? Thanks for the help.

    posted @ Saturday, April 24, 2010 8:30 PM by Anderson

    Are there any one who has something positive to say about this procedure? I'm getting ready to have a CT Scan of my lungs and I need some positive input if anyone has any.

    posted @ Monday, April 26, 2010 2:44 PM by sandy

    for an mri wear earplugs!! 
    the dye was ok

    posted @ Monday, April 26, 2010 6:38 PM by christine

    Most contributors are sharing their bad experiences. Keep in mind that there are millions of CT scans done every year without any issues...

    posted @ Tuesday, April 27, 2010 8:23 PM by Ravi Sohal

    For those that want to research more about gadolinium contrast being used during MRI/MRA/CT scans, type the following phrase into a Google browser without the brackets: [the train radiologist didn't see coming].You can read my experience plus researched links to discussing nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. The co-inventor of Magnivest, Dr. Weinman proved long ago that two gadolinium contrasts were linked to the development of fibrosis in lab animals. His research was ignored and not published resulting in the drugs being approved for human use. The two specific gadolinium contrast Dr. Weinman found a link between them and NSF was Magnivest (Bayer) & Omniscan (GE). He re-stated in a public forum that they had known there were potential problems with gadolinium contrast since the 1980's. 
    Read page 61 of this ACR manual link below, guide on use of contrast media, version 6, 2008: 140 confirmed cases of gadolinium contrast/NSF, only 27 radiological facilities responded to survey!! 
    Leading pathologists (Dr. Abraham) as well as others are concerned about the build-up of gadolinium metal in the patient population due to the enormous use of gadolinium contrast. Minimum single bolus dose is about 5.7 grams for a 240 lb patient,,,that's right,, 5,740 milligrams of gadolinium metal/chelate per bolus dose. I had one bolus dose of gadodiamide and developed nephrogenic systemic fibrosis,,,,,,one dose,,,one time,,,,my life is a living hell.  
    If that doesn't bother you enough to re-consider allowing a known unstable toxic heavy metal gadolinium (contrast) to be injected into your body, then read the following Government Accountability Office audits of the FDA post marketing drug adverse event monitoring program,,,,it basically isn’t functional. Reporting drug adverse events are solely voluntary in most, if not all states, meaning that less than 1% is ever reported and even those that are the FDA cannot properly process them. Read the GAO audit reports of the FDA below, plus my researched links above,,,,your lives may depend on you making descisions,,,not the for profit healthcare industry. I am living proof that once you develop a drug related disease/adverse event,,,the medical community will abandon you. 
    Empower yourselves in this solely for profit healthcare industry. 

    posted @ Sunday, May 02, 2010 6:50 AM by Danny Bailey

    Today I had a CT scan done...and I started itching about 4 hours later. My hands, arms, & neck itch very badly. I really thought I had peed on myself when the warm dye entered!!! LOL!!! I was only told I'd feel warmth...not like I had just wet myself. :-)

    posted @ Monday, May 03, 2010 3:41 PM by Anna

    Hi Anna, 
    The itching sounds like a delayed reaction to the contrast injection. Let your doctor know!

    posted @ Monday, May 03, 2010 3:49 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I wanted to say thanks for allowing my previous post above (May 02, 2010). Since you allowed that information to be presented to the patient population within this forum, I will say this as a compliment to the radiological community:  
    It was good to read that the radiology community began to move away from the use of Omniscan/gadodiamide/GD-DTPA-BMA in the patient population on your own without regulatory action, as Dr. Kanal & others had already done, when data began to indicate it's direct link in a patient developing gadodiamide associated nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. 
    thank you

    posted @ Monday, May 03, 2010 6:28 PM by Danny Bailey

    Corrected link to the American College of Radiology ACR): 
    Manual on Contrast Media Version 6, 2008. Page 61 discussion of gadolinium contrast and the development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. Data from a survey of radiological units across the country, to which only 27 radiological facilities responded. On page 61 within the manual of contrast media version 6 ,2008 corrected link shown below,,,they found 140 confirmed cases of gadolinium-contrast associated/induced nephrogenic systemic fibrosis from only 27 facilities responding. That is a high rate of gad/nsf. 
    This is a link to the ACR Manual on Contrast Media version 6, 2008 (.pdf) document: 
    I apologize for the link error in my May 02, 2010 post above. 
    thank you 

    posted @ Monday, May 03, 2010 7:11 PM by Danny Bailey

    I went to the ER yesterday. I was having ab. pain in my pelvis area. A CT scan was order and I was injected with dye through my IV. I felt a warming feeling and felt as if I might need to urinate. When they were pushing me back to my room I began to have a horrible pain in my right side. I think I have a high tolerance for pain, but this pain was more then I could handle. I cried and moaned and was given more pain medication 2x's to finally get the pain to reduce. I sweat to the point it was dripping down my face and down my back. It took about 10 minutes to get relief. I'm not sure if it was due to the dye or not? The Dr. had no idea either? They was able to find out with the help of the CT that I have a cyst on my bladder. I'm going to let my doctor and any other medical forms that I had a reaction to the dye.

    posted @ Friday, May 07, 2010 11:09 AM by Marguerite

    I have been getting alot of emails in the past asking if I had problems from a MRI. I always deleted them before but yesterday I decided to read the entire email. I started to put things together in my mind, after one of the questions was if you had a rash around the eyes. Well, I do have a rash around my eyes at the corners and going around the front about an inch long both sides. I've had this for a couple months. The redness has lessened but it still itches from time to time. Before this several months ago I went to the ER because out of nowhere I started developing a swollen itchy painful rash on both arms. I was diagnosed with having the hives. A few months after that was healed up, I started getting a rash on my legs and buttocks with the same degree of discomfort. That also has healed. My treatment was anti itch creams and benadryl. But with this rash around eyes I have been using plain lotion because there is a warning about getting it into the eyes. My experience with CT scan was normal but about 17 hours after at home I vomited. I had a repeat CT scan with dye a few months laters because I wanted a second opinion. No vomiting or sickness afterwards. Now I am putting everything together in my mind after reading the side affects and other people's experiences and I am wondering about it all too. My second opinion results turned out that I don't have the major problems the first CT scan found. Anyway, I just took a benadryl seeing if I can't clear up this rash around my eyes. I use it sparingly not to over do that. And if it doesn't clear up within the next couple weeks, I'll go to primary doctor for a dermatology referral.  
    I had an MRI ordered for a different problem and it was ordered without contrast. The tech told me she was going to use contrast because that what the radiologist wants to see everything better. I refused the contrast, so she made a note of it that I refused contrast to the radiologist. This is the same radiologist that missread my CT scan. I know this because I had the CT scan looked at by another radiologist. Along with getting another CT scan at a different facility. My primary doctor read the results and told me I was normal. Now if I end up going back to him for this rash around the eyes, I will bring it up about the dye from the CT scans. KG

    posted @ Friday, May 07, 2010 7:40 PM by Kathy Gunther

    I had a CT with contrast on Thursday. Today is Sunday. This was my second in two years. First one just made me warm in the pelvic area. No big deal. This time I got warm and felt a weight on my chest. After I had a headache and nausea. Now every day I am fine until about 1pm, then sudden nausea and a bad headache. I was informed, but did not know it would take this many days to recover.

    posted @ Sunday, May 16, 2010 12:47 PM by DLH

    when i got my ct scan for my abdaman the dye made me really sick and when they said it was going to feel like i was peeing it really didnt,im a female to me it felt like i was on fire,now i have problems with going pee.but that was what happened when i got my ct scan good luck.

    posted @ Monday, May 24, 2010 3:39 PM by Dawn

    I received a CT scan with contrast dye about a month ago. I felt very uncomfortable at the time due to the strange sensations. I had difficulty lying still during the scan.  
    Now a month later, I'm having burning, tingling pain throughout my body. It's the same type of sensations that I felt during the scan. Also, experiencing severe muscle spasms and cramps in my legs and thighs. Is this connected to the CT scan/contrast dye? Has anyone else had this experience? I'm very worried. 

    posted @ Monday, May 24, 2010 4:47 PM by Alicen Boyer

    I have evidently had different 
    side effects from the dye. (Severe 
    nerve pain and skin cracking and 
    non-healing on right hand.) This 
    followed the administrating of the 
    dye in both armpits. Anyone else 
    had this problem. It's been since 
    2003. No one takes it serious?? Pain and skin problems begin the 
    following morning after scan.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 25, 2010 2:41 PM by c. richardson

    Had a CT Scan done today for chest. Scan went fine. Dye felt warm. 6 hours after I have a headache. Right eyeball feels like it is going to pop out.  
    I'm going to drink a few brewskies to flush the old kidneys and get the dye out lol.

    posted @ Wednesday, June 02, 2010 5:16 PM by Greg

    has any one had severs dirrhea after cat scan with dye

    posted @ Monday, June 14, 2010 8:14 AM by robert ,

    I had a CT scan w/dye yesterday. I questioned the doctor about it. He was adamant, so I made him give me Benadryl beforehand, but I didn't know about the long-term side effects. Tonight I have a flushed face, headache, the shakes & a small rash. For a while I had a metallic taste in my mouth. I drank a lot yesterday, but not enough today until tonight.

    posted @ Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:26 AM by Whitney

    Had CT in November 09 due to pneumonia. Dr. wanted to rule out blood clot in lungs. Experienced what they warned me of, metallic taste, warm flush, and sensation of wetting myself. The warm flushed feeling (very uncomfortable and as intense as the day I received the contrast) continued on and off for 4 months as well as absence of menstruation. Periods returned, yet abnormally, warm flush is gone. Too young for menopause and timing too coincidental. Can't find any information as to direct link. Some Dr's I spoken with won't express an opinion. Some have said not likely since the contrast leaves the system quickly. Had a blood draw today they are checking my thyroid and hormone level.

    posted @ Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:09 AM by LMG

    I had. PET scan w contrast dye a year ago and got extremly nauseous , once I got home I got sick and threw up. 
    I sure that the fact that I was really hungry and thirsty since I had an afternoon apointment did not help 
    I understand that it was necessary , since I was having a Lumpectomy the next day, just not a pleasant reaction. 

    posted @ Sunday, June 27, 2010 9:09 PM by Sylvie Forrest

    My husband went for a PET/CT scan on Wednesday. had to stay clear of everyone for 6 hours post scan. He felt fine until Wednesday night. Slight headache with fever. Thursday, symptoms got worse....after 1pm with severe chills and fever, mild nausea. Only thing that breaks fever is cool shower. Now it's Monday and he still feels disoriented, has fever on and off and gets chills....Any suggestions? He has bladder cancer and had a tumor removed the first of June. Hasn't had any treatments yet.

    posted @ Monday, June 28, 2010 10:01 AM by MAG

    I had a cat-scan to see how expensive a mass on one kidney was. The results were not that intrusive, but still they want to take out the kidney "just in caes". I don't what it is, the dye, or the scan but I started feeling light-headed the day after, and still do. 

    posted @ Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:32 AM by Don Puckett

    I had a CT abdoman/pelvic w/ iodine through veins.went through 3 pictures but chest started hurting and I could not breath,also face became blood red. abdoman excusiating pain doubled me up,could not move,my chest became worse and worse w/pain, I was given at least 7 injections in emergency room w/5 doctors that did not seem to know what to do,I felt like I was going to die,after about an hour some of the pain subsided. My chest is still so sore and difficult to breath..there was no Doctor available during the scan, not until I thought I could not breath again...what is going on in our we have any recourse, do I have any sort of legal case, how do these doctors and hospitals get away with this? How about our rights. Who will help us? What about our rights?Is there an attorney firm that will do we go about it. Please, the must be stopped...people are being killed by untrained medical tests like these, when it is known there are allergies, no doctors around at all? IN MY CASE I wrote in big letters on my entrance sheet, I am allergic to Iodine! IN ADDITION, NO DOCTOR IN THE ROOM, JUST TECH. Seems like a training program with human lives as stake!

    posted @ Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:34 PM by Jean Brown

    In response to Jane Brown ..... On the 21st of June I went through the same experience. I had had a MRI for a low back pain on the right side. The MRI showed a mass on the left kidney. I was put in touch with a Urologist. Because there was some possibility that I may have an allergy to shell fish the CT that was ordered was postponed and a ultrasound was preformed. The mass was seen as being solid, but not did not appear to be invading the renal pyramids area of the kidney, but I was told It could still very well be cancer .... The Urologist wanted a CT, and so because I was scared into believing that a CT was the only way to make sure the 4cm x 2cm x 4cm was not invading beyond the interior of renal cortex the I reluctantly had the CT using the iodine injection. No doctor was there, I could hear three techs talking as if they were in conflict as to what to do next. The next day I felt lightheaded, and after ten days I still do. I cannot walk to the other end of the house now without feeling winded. They found I have a massive plague buildup around the aorta, and a possible lung problem during the CT. I'm 70 years old, the urine sample were normal, the blood test were normal. They had me drive three and a half hours one way for a ten minute consultation before the CT, and wanted me to make the trip again after the CT, I refused the second drive, and ended talking over the phone, which took six minutes, saving me another seven hour drive over mountains and arrow winding roads. I can't understand way a simple X-ray wasn't taken before the CT, if there were the possibility I might have a reaction to the iodine, but what is more disturbing is that is that they want another CT of the chest area. Why can't an X-ray be taken to make sure there is a good reason for another CT ...... in any case I will not allow the use of iodine again. I also know now that the iodine could have caused a flake of plague to break off and caused a slight aneurism. I also now have a problem with my right eye with floaters and a wave that was not there before the CT. Cat Scans might be one of gods blessing ..... but possibly not for many.

    posted @ Wednesday, June 30, 2010 2:58 PM by

    I had a CT scan on June 1st for severe headaches in the back of my head. Everything went just fine. A couple days after I developed a rash on the palms of my hands and the bottoms of my feet but they didn't itch (thank God) and now for the past two weeks the skin is peeling off my hands and feet. They feel dry and cracked like sandpaper. Anyone else have this problem?

    posted @ Monday, July 05, 2010 1:06 PM by sheri

    When the dye was introduced into my body my tunge felt like it was being stung by a hundred bees and i started sneezing and keeped sneezing until I pulled the IV out of my arm because the nurse ran out of the room to get the doctor after saying this shouldnt be happening. it took two mins before they came back and when the doctor saw that I took out the needle he was mad. I said im not paying for this shit. put on my clothes and booked home. Good luck to your next ct or mri.

    posted @ Thursday, July 08, 2010 9:37 PM by jeff

    I had went in the hospital cause I had some fluid in my lungs so they took me down to x-ray to have a catscan done with the dye injected into me but instead of starting a new iv they used the one I had and didn't know that the dye was too thick to go through the gage of the needle so it blew up in my arm. Now I'm paralized on the left arm and hand and perm damabed kidneys i'm being told that the dye is setteling in my joints and now going to have knee surgery....If anyone can help me with this it would be most appreceiated.....I"m lost

    posted @ Monday, July 19, 2010 3:42 PM by Freda

    Just had my very first CT scan done today, for gastric problems. First, they had me drink a barium shake a few hours prior, then took me in to have the scan done. I was warned about the hot, "flushed" feeling, the signs of an allergic reaction (hives, itching, etc) and very, very enthusiastically warned that, while I would be convinced that I'd peed myself, I was *not* actually going to. 
    While the material was being injected, I did feel a hot, flowing feeling in my body, and it really, really did feel like I'd urinated. Once the warm feeling got to my chest, I began having palpitations (I have a sensitive heart, and get palpitations rather easily) and a racing heartbeat. I felt sort of dizzy and nauseous, but the feelings only lasted the duration of the scan. Once I'd complained of palpitations, the tech paged a nurse to come examine me and administer an EKG, which was normal. She explained to me that the ST contrast material has a vasodilatory effect, which can affect your heart beat, especially if you have a sensitive one like mine. I also developed some very bad chills and a slightly drunk feeling afterward, which were relieved with an extra blanket and about an hour of waiting.  
    Now, all I want is a sandwich... but I'm on a liquid diet for the next day or so.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 21, 2010 10:32 PM by Jecca

    my reaction to contrast dye when i had to have my kidney dialysis graph in my arm worked on because it kept clogging up. both of my eyes swelled shut,itchig on my body and i woke up with a bed sore on my bottom and ear lobe itching with a rash. this is my reaction. i also read on line if you never had reaction to contrast dye befoe the docor need to do some further test. this is the only time i ever had a reaction to contrast dye after 10 or more times.

    posted @ Sunday, July 25, 2010 6:16 PM by barbara

    I had a CT scan today with the barium sulphate (which was disgusting) and injection. I felt the warm sensation and the metal taste in my mouth and when I went to get up I felt very dizzy and disorientated--probably shouldn't have driven straight home. Several hours later, I feel woozy, I have a headache and just want to sleep. After the info I've found on the net, I think I'll try and drink lots of water to avoid bowel problems and flush it out asap!

    posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:47 AM by Meg

    Had CT scan with oral and IV contrast after surgery in June. Became violently ill with vomiting, fever and itching. Thought is was because I had not eaten in several days and just had surgery on June 14. CT was a few days later. Had a CT on July 27 with both oral and IV contrast. Took anti-nauseau med before scan but still had vomiting, fever, chills, itching about 2 hours later and into the night and next day. Any similar reactions from anyone?

    posted @ Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:27 PM by Chris

    I am suffering currently w/a horrible reaction from ct/scan dye. I had a ct scan two and a half weeks ago to rule out blood clots in lungs. Test was negative, and ER DR said small amount of fluid in my lungs..and said I have pleurisy. I had pain in chest and back, and bad headache with ear and neck pain. Ibuprofen was recommended, and helped some. It's been almost 3 weeks, and still had flu-like virus. Dr sent me for an echo of heart. Cardiologist thought test may have shown some disection problem. To rule that out, told me o go right to ER and have another CT scan. So I did. I never had any reaction from dye before. I had Ct Scan Thursday night, which was good news, no heart problems. However I woke up Friday morning covered w/huge red patches all over my body. Worse on neck and chest. Red and itchy with hive like welts. My face is swollen and red like 4th degree burns. My Dr said to take Benadryl (2 tabs) every 4 hrs, and I'm taking Prednisone 40 mg once daily. After 24 hrs, no real change, but face is slightly lighter. I also have low fever 100.8 on and off. I also had nausea very badly. No one said having these tests so close together could trigger a reaction like this. I think everyone should be given Benadryl as a precaution b4 they inject them with his dye. I also have read that if you are persistent, hospitals DO have non allergic dye, but hate to use it bcuz of the high cost. This was my horrible experience and it continues.

    posted @ Saturday, July 31, 2010 3:47 PM by banana

    That is interesting! I had forgotten, after my 1st CT-Scan, I did develop a bed sore on my bottom. Didn't think much about it. Then had the severe reaction w/2nd CT scan. Interesting what this radiation is doing to our bodies!

    posted @ Saturday, July 31, 2010 4:09 PM by banana

    I received a contrast 2 ways this evening. First, I had to drink an awful 1 liter dye of basically lemon-flavored sh#* and then I was given the IV contrast that made me feel very warm all over and I felt like I peed my pants! he only side effect so far that I have had this evening since my hospital stay is major cramping in my belly. Hopefully that side effect will go away.

    posted @ Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:25 AM by Stacy

    My 72 year old mother went in for a Cat Scan with dye and had a reaction to the dye and had a seizure and wss in a coma for 6 days on life support. She had gone without oxygen for a number of minutes and ended up brain dead. We had to take her off of life support after 6 days. What a horrible experience. God Bless Her!

    posted @ Sunday, August 15, 2010 2:24 AM by Cheryl Tyrrell

    I had a CT scan yesterday, with oral and IV contrast dye. I did feel the warm sensation, but my biggest side effect sofar seems to be diarrhea.. Maybe from the oral stuff? Anyone else have this? I also have a pretty dry throat, and I saw someone else also posted this as well. Maybe also from ingesting the dye? I just hope this diarrhea goes away soon. I shouldn't complain though, I guess it could be much worse!

    posted @ Wednesday, August 18, 2010 9:21 AM by Kristin

    Went to the hospital for chest pain on Monday August 16th and they actually did 3 ct scans w/contrast 1st one didn't scan in enough time 2nd one the dye didn't inject and the 3rd it finally worked and now face is red, swollen, eyes puffy,eyes have white puss in corners, skin on face is pulled very tight all over.Feels burnt. Body aches muscles arms and legs. Head is itching horroble.First time I have ever had reaction to dye before. Could it be because they did three test?

    posted @ Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:11 AM by Becky B

    I fell and had trauma to my head. As a result, I had a CT Scan with IV injection. This was on Monday, 8/16. I felt the flushing during the injection but no side affects immediately following the procedure, Tuesday morning when I woke up I noticed I had a rash/flushing on the front of my body. I called the doctor and I was told to take benadryl. Today is Friday, the 20th. I still have the itching and the rash is still there. I have been drinking plenty of fluids also to get the dye out of my system but so far no change. Also I started with a severe cough the same day as the rash but thought perhaps I had a sinus problem. Cough still severe and with the itching and coughing all night I'm not able to sleep. Is there anything else that can be done for the treatment? I would appreciate any advice/help for some relief.

    posted @ Friday, August 20, 2010 6:15 AM by Marlene Chism

    I had a CT /w contrast yesterday for headaches, I felt warm my eyes burned a strong taste in my mouth and like I wanted to pee. after the test I became very sleepy, its been 24 hours since my test and I still feel the same burning in my throat my chest and eyes... 
    they should tell people about side effects before they give them the scan? 
    And why is only the basic side effects posted on all the medical websites....every one on here complained about itching or rash and warm feeling...what if someone has a severe reaction where can they get info?

    posted @ Saturday, August 21, 2010 5:15 AM by Maguerita Vegas

    It sounds like you a had a minor reaction to the contrast dye. You'll need to notify your doctor and make sure that if ever have another CT scan with dye you let the imaging center or hospital know you have had an allergic reaction in the past. Like any allergic reaction antihistamines are a good first choice. But if the symptoms persist keep in touch with your doctor and he or she may need to prescribe or recommend additional treatment.

    posted @ Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:23 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Side effects to the dye should always be mentioned in the paperwork you signed at the imaging center. Double check the forms to make sure you were informed of the risks of the test.  
    Feeling warm during the injection is expected (they should have told you just before the injection). The itching, rashes, coughing etc are considered minor side effects. Moderate or major side effects include severe allergic reaction, kidney damage and cardiac shock.

    posted @ Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:28 PM by Ravi Sohal

    My hand felt like it was going to explode when the dye went in. After the scan i had a very dry mouth, was shaking all over and had a rash on my face. i felt sick and faint. the doctor injected piratin (10 doses at once). this stopped the shakes but i fainted and was sweating a my heart was racing when i woke up. i thought i would die. i will never have this scan again with the dye

    posted @ Sunday, August 29, 2010 5:28 AM by christine

    I had a CT scan on 8/18/10 with the oral and IV contrast. Before my procedure, I gave the radiology dept a list of all medications I am currently taking, which is quite a few. Although on the day of the procedure, I did not eat or take my medications. I took Boniva a day before (8/17, my once monthly dose) and the day afterward, I took my regular diabetic meds along with Tamoxifen. Immediately I started having body aches along with swollen feet and ankles. No one told me that I should wait 48 hours before taking certain meds, but I did some research online and found this out. My feet and ankles are still swollen and calls to my doctor were not returned. I am beginning to think that going through the hassel of the side effects of this contrast/dye they're injecting in my body is not worth it. I hope I am wrong, but at the same time I hope medical science can come up a milder and less damaging substance to be used with all scans.

    posted @ Sunday, August 29, 2010 8:26 PM by BFP

    I had a CT scan of my Abdomin & pelvis and had some stuff that I had to put in water and drink, and when they did it they also injected dye into me, I had this done Wed the 25th of Augest and the day after had diaheria and been having thin stools since. 
    I will never have another one done.

    posted @ Monday, August 30, 2010 10:12 AM by

    I just had my CT Scan yesterday in the pelvic area...doc says I have fibroids and possibly endometriosis etc. Well, they gave me the Orange Contrast one hr prior to the scan and the IV contrast as well(takes 3 attempts at least to find my veins because they are so hidden..had to do it on my hand...not fun). I was very nauseated and kind of a little drowsy after the drink. Well, the tech had advised me prior that I would feel warm in my body*with the IV) which I did but I was also a little disoriented..felt like the dye was going into my head..didn't feel right. However after the scan I was fine...didn't each much when I got home but drunk fluids. Now today I could not go to work because I am having stomach is feeling so weak and my left side where the iv was done is also quite sore to all the way to my neck/shoulder area. Is this normal? I am hoping this does not go for long. Please advise

    posted @ Wednesday, September 01, 2010 7:51 AM by Melisa

    Well, after reading all these horrible testimonials, I guess I should feel glad that so far my husband only has the scarlet rash with no itching. He is in chronic liver failure, small cell cancer of the lungs and lymph nodes, type 2 diabetes, osteonecrosis of bi-lateral knees and one hip. He has many, many MRI's and CAT scans with contrast dye. Sometimes 2-in one day. Oh, did I mention his back is now broken after falling 4-times and now he has compression fractures vertebrae from t10 all the way down. 
    I feel lucky that he has a wonderful attitude and you'd never know he was ill by just talking to him (seeing him is another matter).  
    Thanks for all the imput guys. I was worried about the rash and can't see an MD until Tues. Federal Holiday you know. But thats ok. He finished his chemo therapy and will be starting radiation next week (every day for at least 6-weeks) - wow - now that has me worried.  
    Anyway nice talking to you and keep your chins up - it could be a lot worse. Laughing and smiling and helping other people helps alot!! Thank you!!

    posted @ Sunday, September 05, 2010 6:57 PM by Christy

    I had a reaction the the dye when I had the CT scan at age 10. The needle they used was scary enough, but i sat there like a trooper. Once the dye was being administered, i could feel it as if they put hot fluid in my veins, almost instantly i started sneezing so violently, i couldnt catch my breath inbetween. I was recently told that it could not only be idoine, but possibly sulfa. This has helped me provide a precautionary list of medications i am allergic to.

    posted @ Sunday, September 12, 2010 7:13 PM by Liz

    Had CT Scan w/contrast over a year ago.Had rash and itching the day after and stil do a year later. Also became allergic to polyester which makes the rash and itching worse. No one has answers toget rid of these symptoms.

    posted @ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 9:52 PM by Ron

    I had a CT three months ago. From that day until now I have had trouble sleeping. I went from seven hours of good sleep every night, to two hours at best, and not without taking a sleeping pill an hour before going to bed. A day later a rash started in my groin and covering my legs. My sinuses would not drain for over two months. I still have pains in both ears and down my neck that persists. I will never have another CT, not when three blood and urin tests show no sign of any health problems. This all started because of a low back pain that comes only when strained, and that I've had for over 40 years from shoeing horses. I wonder what doctors did before CT. I also wonder how many laws suits have been filed in the last few years?

    posted @ Friday, September 17, 2010 11:28 AM by Don Puckett

    I had one large hive right between my eyebrows, and one on my arm. They said to make sure I did not get injected with dye again. Tomorrow I have a ct scan of kidneys and they are making me drink some kinda banana flavored chalky drink yek

    posted @ Saturday, September 18, 2010 9:46 PM by sheila nicolini

    I ended up in ER after my catscan. 
    Does anyone out there know a good lawyer handling cases related to cat scans side effects? I want to sue for what I went through!

    posted @ Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:59 PM by Don PUckett

    Went for MRI at 8:30 this AM. Now it 12:30 PM and I am getting abdominal cramps and have had 2 BM's so far. did not mention this as a side effect of Gadolinium

    posted @ Monday, September 20, 2010 11:28 AM by Fred

    Hi Don, did you have the dye injected into you also or just the Ct Scan

    posted @ Tuesday, September 21, 2010 4:29 AM by SHANEB

    Yes ..... and two day later ended up in the ER

    posted @ Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:38 AM by Don Grey

    Had constrast fluid injection today with MRI scan - felt sick within seconds of injection going in, no warnings of this. Slept for 3 hours after returning home from hospital and still feeling nauseated 12 hours on. Otherwise not a bad experience.

    posted @ Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:44 PM by Marie

    Just had a CT scan w/ contrast yesterday evening. I had to drink barium sulfate 4 hours and 1 hour before the test (that stuff was nasty!) and not eat anything for 4 hours before. The tech placed the IV in my arm without any problem and it was virtually painless. He thoroughly explained that I might feel warm all over, metal taste in my mouth, and feel like I was peeing. So I was very prepared. The CT scan was quick and easy. I did feel warm, metal taste in mouth and felt like I was peeing myself, but it just lasted a few minutes. I felt fine immediately afterwards. My CT scan was done at 5:30pm. I drank lots of water when I got home and throughout the evening. At 2am I woke with severe chills. Chilled to the bone, shivering. Grabbed a sweatshirt and sweatpants and pulled them on, peed a ton, and took my temp thinking I must have a fever. But my temp was normal at 98.6. I also had a headache and my body felt like it had been hit by a truck -- achy all over. A tad queasy but not too bad. This morning at 6am I woke up drenched in sweat and a stronger headache. Back of my neck, my back and my chest also ache. But overall the aching isn't as severe as it was at 2am. I feel exhausted. I plan to drink tons of water today.

    posted @ Friday, September 24, 2010 8:15 AM by Kari A.

    Had a CT scan yesterday. The spot where the dye was injected is black and blue. My neck and top part of back hurt quite a bit and I still feel dizzy...

    posted @ Friday, September 24, 2010 6:06 PM by Viviane

    I had a CT scan yesterday morning and didn't come out with a rash at all until late yesterday afternoon. I woke up this morning with my face bright red, itchy and swollen and my chest, stomach, back and arms are covered in an itchy red rash. No-one told me this could be a side effect. I have taken antihistamines and although it has taken the swelling down in my face (so I can no longer see my eyelids!!!)it has not eased the rash and itchiness! I feel so lethargic it's ridiculous. When will this wear off as it seems to be getting worse!?? Has anyone got any suggestions please?

    posted @ Thursday, October 07, 2010 1:12 PM by Dawn

    What worked for me with the itching (but not entirely with the rash), was a warm soaking bath, not hot. I then used rubbed on, carefully, witch hazel. Keep taking the antihistamine. Make sure your doctor, and the radiologist know about the rash, and other side effects. Remember to most in the medical world you are a checkbook. 
    I had my CT over four months ago, and I'm just now beginning to get over all the side effects. Never again! 

    posted @ Saturday, October 09, 2010 11:50 AM by Don Grey

    I had contrast dye with a CT scan this morning, and now have a severe headache & neckache several hours later. I was given methylprednisolone the night before and the morning before so that I wouldn't have an allergic reaction (which I've had in the past). Not sure if my headache/neckache is related to the dye or not.

    posted @ Monday, October 11, 2010 2:11 PM by Diane

    Thanks, appreciate the advice, witch hazel definitely cooled the rash down. I spoke to the Radiologist and he told me it was quite unusual and seemed really uninterested which left me feeling really annoyed. I went to the Doctors in the end and she gave me some really strong antihistamines - they really worked. My skin was so hot with the rash I'm now left with really dry flaky skin on my face. Of all the creams I've found nappy cream really helps. Never want to go through this again! Still think they should warn you of the potential reaction!

    posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 1:14 PM by Dawn

    I had a CT scan on Thursday morning at 11am. Initially I felt a little strange and sleepy. By the late after noon I felt resonably normal. That night I woke up at around 2am COMPLETELY DIZZY and with a fever!!!!! The entire following day I had been dizzy and sleepy as well. It is now Saturday morning and I am still dizzy. I spoke to my Dr last night, and she thought it was very strange. Now I need to go in for an MRI but dont want to if this is what I have to expect.. I was NOT informed of any possible side effects.........

    posted @ Friday, October 15, 2010 3:45 PM by Djhhb

    I had a CT Scan for my chest and pelvic region two days ago. I had not immediate negative reactions. Last night I had a severe headache at the base of my skull. I have never had such an ache in that area so I assume it was the CT Scan. I was extremely tired and went to bed and stayed for 10 hours! I woke up with a sore throat but it went away after a short time. I was just wondering if headaches are common.

    posted @ Sunday, October 17, 2010 5:59 PM by Carla

    My research, I finds that no one knows why, or the long lasting side effects of a CT can be. Some doctors & radiologists would like us be believe that if you are allergic to shell fish that maybe you should not have a CT, instead have an MRI, others suggest preparing by taking antihistamines before the CT, but no one knows just how much. I found that shell fish has nothing to do this shell fish. One suggestion by a cardiologist suggests that to much iodine in the drug mix is being used. There is two types of the drug, but many hospitals use the much cheaper variety, so I'm told. . Also sometime around 2001 all hospitals doing CT's were told by the FTC to use the lowest radiation setting in all cases ........ but I wonder like everything else in medicine if everyone was lessening by the number of people suffering in some way as a result of having had a CT? Some of these rashes sound like the effects of radiation poisoning. You might try being tested for radiation. I will never have another CT, for any reason, after a rash that lasted weeks, and months of other health problems that ladedme in an ER.. I did talk to a group of attorneys who are looking for patients who as a result of a CT loss all their hair and had rashes, such is not my case, but again sounds like radiation poisoning.  

    posted @ Monday, October 18, 2010 2:34 AM by Don Fox

    As with everyone else I have to get a ct scan for a heart anurysym.several years ago was my first ct.I actuaally got the warm feeling after the test was done.About 5 minutes later my face got beet red and had a rash develop.Passed out three times at the facility until they called for an ambulance.Now the pre medicate me with predisone and benadryl.Just had my yearly done a couple of weeks ago and had another reaction.My hands and arms had a rash as well as my legs.My face got beet red and I started having uncontrolable shakes, which was a first.Had the procedure at 4.30 left at 7.30 good luck to all

    posted @ Monday, October 18, 2010 1:32 PM by Chris

    I get an average of two/three notes per day giving the bad side effects of a ct or dye injection. 
    I still have side effects such as 
    skin that won't heal on hands and 
    nerve damage to both arms and hands. Severe pain was in both arms from shoulder to fingertips for over three years following dye 
    injection in both armpits. I've had several injections due to artery problems but will never have 
    another, especially in the armpits. 
    Was told at the time that this was a very often used way to inject dye but was told later that it was never used unless it was only way to get into artery. The dye is very toxic evidently to many many people since there are so many complains. I had no skin problems at all before this.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 2:09 AM by cj richardson

    Any one know a good Law Firm that is willing to take on cases like those seen here.

    posted @ Thursday, October 21, 2010 3:04 PM by Don Fox

    Yesterday I had a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis. Shortly after the dye was injected, my heart started racing very badly. Is this normal? What would cause this? This was my 1st CT scan. My heart continued racing for several minutes. I was doing fine until the dye was injected. The technician was abusive and told me I ruined the scan, because I waved my hand as I was told to do if I thought something was wrong. They did not call a nurse or doctor to check me out.

    posted @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:14 AM by Ann

    I want to add to my post above. In addition to my heart racing shortly after the dye injection during the CT scan, I urinated a very small amount, felt light-headed, and was a little short of breath. I wish those 2 unprofessional technicians had called in a nurse to take my pulse and blood pressure, to know exactly what my heart rate was. My heart was definitely racing. It was beating fast that night and I couldn't fall asleep. I finally fell asleep at around 5AM from exhaustion. 
    I awoke about 5 hours later with my heart rate still high and with a terrible headache at my left temple. I also felt like my airway was possibly irritated, as it felt irritated every time I breathed. I also had a slight cough all day. The rapid heart beat came and went all day long. The headache went away in the afternoon. I felt ill all day. The following day, my heart rate seemed normal until at night when it again became rapid, the headache at my left temple came back twice during the day, though less severe, and the airway irritation and the cough were gone. 
    I called my doctor and she said that the rapid heart beat from the dye injection was common. I find it hard to believe that this is common, that they would perform a test that causes such a rapid heart beat, and would do so without any monitoring of vital signs nor medical (doctor) supervision and without informing the patient that they should expect this to occur. 
    Was anyone else told that this is common? Could there be any permanent negative effect to the heart caused by the dye? Should any medication have been administered to me immediately at the conclusion of the CT scan to counter the effect of the dye?

    posted @ Saturday, October 30, 2010 6:15 PM by Ann

    i had ct scan yesterday..woke this morning with swollen neck and glands.i feel ok.

    posted @ Sunday, October 31, 2010 2:02 PM by sally


    posted @ Friday, November 05, 2010 12:58 PM by Kathy

    hi i had ct scan but w/out contrast they could not find a good vein can anyone tell me if it still works if not why did the still do the scan

    posted @ Saturday, November 06, 2010 7:53 AM by amanda

    Want to read the truth about gadolinium contrast (dye)? Read the public admission by the co-inventor of Magnivest and the maker of Omniscan (Nycomed/GE). Neither should have ever been approved for human use. Post this link or not,,,,you know me,,this is just a resting place until I take these truths global and to the other industry the medical community hates. 
    To read one pharmaceutical corporation admission, word for word, visit the site below. Patients are very welcome/encouraged to join it, so that they can read both public admissions. Trolls will be "moderated" quickly,,,imagine that in your imaging scam. 

    posted @ Sunday, November 07, 2010 11:25 AM by danny bailey

    I had a CAT scan without contrast 3 days ago for my sinuses and the next morning I developed a rash/hives on my legs, very itchy palms,arms, and a little portion of my neck. There are also moments where my hands have hot flashes to accompany the itching. I read all previous posts and it seems people keep assuming it's the dye that causes any reaction but I guess it's really just the radiation. I had no idea about the side effects. 
    I had a CAT scan with contrast 8 yrs ago for my kidneys without any reaction. My friend, A neurosurgeon, suggested i take benadryl although the reaction was most likely not a reaction to the scan. I highly doubt that since I've never had any of these symptoms prior to the cat scan. The benadryl worked enough to get some sleep at night but will make me groggy if taken during the day. I hope this doesn't last long.

    posted @ Friday, November 12, 2010 12:24 PM by Pam A

    I had a CT scan with contrast dye on Tuesday or early Wed. morning Nov. 9 or 10 to check for lung clots - very uncomfortable feeling like you are going to urinate and throat dry. Reading these blogs, I wish someone had told me that my heart could race, that was the whole reason I was in the hospital!! I broke out in a severe rash w/hives all over my chest, legs, arms and back on Thursday! I could not go to work on Friday, went to urgent care where they gave me a steroid shot, told me to take histamines and am on pill steroids. VERY uncomfortable to wear any clothes! Horrible awful experience, I will never have contrast dye again! The hives/rash on my stomach is fire engine red, burns and is so uncomfortable.

    posted @ Monday, November 15, 2010 6:02 PM by Holly Taylor

    First, many of the symptoms are the same as radiation poisoning. There are two types of dye. Most hospitals use the less expensive, but more inclined to cause the more severe reactions. Second, I've read that the CT was never okayed by the FDA for human use.......?  
    Did the doctor of radiologist caution you about the possible reactions ........ they didn't say anything to me about the side effects. I had my CT five months ago and I'm still having a number of health problems as a result, prolong infections, pain in the ears & neck, joint pain, lung congestion, plus a trip to the ER three day later. I have never had any health problems before the CT. My CT was to find out about a tendon problem in the right lower back from shoeing horses years ago.  
    I will never have another CT, and would like to sue those who still think of their patents as check books, and nothing more.  
    Anyone thinking about a class action suit? If so, I'm in.

    posted @ Thursday, November 18, 2010 1:56 PM by Don Fox

    posted @ Thursday, November 18, 2010 2:01 PM by Don Fox

    I just had my first CT scan with IV dye. I was told that i was going to feel like i had to pee, but not to worry becasue i really wasnt. I was told about the flushed feeling when the dye went in and the metallic taste in my mouth. My nurse and tech were GREAT! After it was done I did get itchy on the roof of my mouth and throat, and also my eyes. They sat with me, and gave me juice and made sure i was ok. I then went back to work. Only one eye lingered red and its only an hour later. Dont listen to all the horror stories! A lot of healthcare workers are GREAT!

    posted @ Wednesday, November 24, 2010 3:52 PM by KP

    I Just had a CT Scan today and i had my scan done at 12pm and i left the hospital feeling very nauseous and extremely tired ..i only had the dye drink i got home at 1pm and slept until 8pm and...they couldn't give me the contrast dye IV because if you have had renal failure in the past it is recommended you don't get the contrast dye by IV but i still felt very ill from the drink .SO IF YOU HAVE HAD RENAL FAILURE IN THE PAST PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE ANY MRI OR CT SCANS

    posted @ Friday, November 26, 2010 7:46 PM by April

    I personally did not have a ct scan but one of my best friend did this last tuesday and passed away yesterday. His family thinks it was the hospitals fault that the dye might have been given to him incorrectly and don't know what to do. Also they tried cpr for like 15 minutes before using a defibrillator to start his heart by then he probably already had brain damage. If anyone would help with advice I would greatly appreciate it.

    posted @ Saturday, November 27, 2010 2:59 PM by John

    I've had too many CT scans with contrast to count due to multiple PS's a few months ago; I never had any problem until recently- on my most recent scan, my lips went completely numb! This sensation was very disturbing and seemed quite alarming to the staff as well! I stayed another hour in the ER before I was released, as the sensation has subsided. Makes me scared if I ever have to have another one.

    posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 11:26 PM by Al

    Sounds like you had a reaction to they dye. You should make sure that if you ever get another CT scan with dye that you are premedicated - talk to you doctor about this.

    posted @ Thursday, December 02, 2010 3:00 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I had a ct scan of my lungs two days ago. Since I'm a breast cancer patient I've had this (with contrast) before with no side effects. However, the night after, my arm, hand, wrist, and fingers were swollen and on fire with constant and intense cramp-like pain. I couldn't even rest my arm on the bed. I took 4 ibuprofen and my husband massaged muscle cream into my arm and hand. Had to sleep sitting up with arm rasised up on a big pillow. Would wake in pain and reapply cream. Now my arm feels better, wrist and hand still fairly sore and I have limited use of my fingers...can barely grip a pen and cannot clench my fist. Any one else have these side effects and know how long they last? I also have mild RA so I thought I was getting a flare up, but this was worse pain than I've ever experienced. Taking the bad with the good...scan was clear thank goodness :-)

    posted @ Thursday, December 02, 2010 8:25 PM by tracy

    do all ct dyes contain sulphur...if yes...then does a ct without dye effective for stomach & abdomen studies??

    posted @ Saturday, December 04, 2010 3:05 AM by pruthu

    Isn't it interesting that the study cited above makes it appear that CT scans with dye are so safe and uneventful, yet there are so many horror stories here? As someone who has done research in grad school, it makes me wonder how they did the study, how accurate or misleading it is...

    posted @ Thursday, December 09, 2010 5:54 PM by PWag

    About 7-8 years back, I had between 10-15 CT scans to view how my pancreas was healing after several bouts of Pancreatitis. Then I had Severe Acute Pancreatitis with a Pseudocyst while hospitalized for a 22 day period I had a CT scan with contrast about every 3 days to see where I stood. Since all those CT scans, I never had a reaction. But now I was hospitalized again for Tachycardia from a Medicine Reaction. They let me go 3 days later and went back to the ER and this time I had a CT scan of my chest. The contrast made me very nauseous and wanted to vommit during the test. After wheeled back to the ER room, I experienced Flank Pain where the Kidneys are located. Also had shaking and pain while breathing. I have Fibromyalgia and it was extremely heightened that night at the ER. My skin hurt so bad and when they injected the potassium before the dye, it went in about a 1/4 in and it stung like someone shot me. Needless to say, they started a new IV on the other arm it went in without trouble. Plus I didn't have Fibromyalgia 7 years ago, so the Fibromyalgia might've contributed to the Dye Contrast.

    posted @ Saturday, December 11, 2010 8:28 AM by Mark Koons

    I had a CT scan on Tuesday. Sincde then I have twitches in my right leg. Today Saturday my knee and left leg collapsed and I anyone had this experience in losing control of left leg and falling after CT scan?

    posted @ Saturday, December 11, 2010 9:07 PM by john morris

    I had a CT scan way back in the late 1970's when they first came out. They told me I would feel a LITTLE warm when they injected the dye. I'll never forget it- I was overwhelmed with the sensation of melting from the inside out. My chest hurt and it felt like I couldnt breathe properly for a few hours. I was 14 yrs old so my mother signed the paperwork. I've been told the dye used back then was radioactive. I believe it, and I tell you why I do. Apprx 6 months after that CT scan i started to notice I was having a hard time keeping warm... now 40 years later, I am wondering if this 'dye' they used back then is why i cant control my body temp. Has anybody had a CT scan back then? I refuse to ever let anyone scan me again. Never!

    posted @ Sunday, December 12, 2010 7:35 PM by Grace

    With the number of people showing that something is wrong with the way this technology is be used and evidently abused, one would think a hundreds of class action suits would be happening if for no other reason but to get to the bottom of why so many people are suffering. I've read that FDA never okayed CAT scans to be used on humans, and that many people have suffered some level of radiation poisoning as a result of a CAT. The FDA told hospitals in the 90's to use the lowest radiation settings that are suggested as still being to high, and that this warning with repeated again in July of 2010. Also that one in 250 having a CAT will contract some form of cancer as a result. With over 100,000 patients dying in hospitals each in our nations hospitals I'm not at all suppressed of the number of people are telling their experience with CAT on this website. I can only wonder how many more people suffering from a CAT that are not using this site to tell their story of how they've suffered. If you look on the internet you will see that there are a number of law firms suing hospitals and others who use CAT for diagnosing even minor health problems. As a former athlete my blood tests, urine tests, and blood pressure have always been normal. I agreed to a CAT because of something as simple as a minor low back injury, after 6 months I am still having malleable health problems, and ended up in the ER three days after the CAT. 
    Google, The dangers of CAT Scans 

    posted @ Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:22 AM by Don Grey

    My father fell on the iced driveway on Dec 13. It took him, he said 10 mins to get back in the house. He put a heating pad on for hour, but mom call the hospital. Whatever was done there they transfered him to another hospital fast. When I got there we were asked if he knew he had a spot on his kidney over and over, and he and everyone else said no. Did his fall do something to his kidney we asked and they said no. They saw in an x-ray he had a spot. The docter said he had 5 fractured ribs and a punchered lung. The next day and everyday after he kept getting worse. Nothing was making any sense. He blew up, he was not peeing. They said on Friday 4 days after they were going to give him something to move the dye along. He had been in so much pain Tues, Wed, Thurs and late Friday they are going to give him something to move the dye along. He had not been peeing for 3 days. His whole body was swallen, he tung, his face. Everything begin shuting down. He went in for fractured ribs and a punchered lung. He died today. He asked the docter on Dec 13, to let him be home for Christmas. None of this makes since to me. Can someone please explain?

    posted @ Tuesday, December 21, 2010 10:26 PM by Debra

    Dad had a CT scan for an aortic aneurysm on Thursday. 
    -Thursday night he took a sip of hot lemon and immediately his throat closed up=choking 
    -I called 911 Dad stopped choking 
    -The paramedics checked his heart rate=sky high and erratic  
    -Went to emergency=heart rate sky high, blood pressure low=doctors confused 
    -Dad has cold=doctors took chest x-ray =pneumonia 
    -Dad's feet very swollen 
    -Dad had a drink of water and his heart rate came DOWN 
    -4 days later feet still swollen,drinking lots of water, pneumonia is much less due to antibiotics  

    posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 5:24 PM by Kate

    I had an MRI yesterday with gadolinium injected into my vein mid way through the scan. Felt fine until it was over and sat up. Oh did the room spin. Had to wait a bit to get my bearings. Was sent on my way with instructions to drink plenty of water the next few days to flush it out. 
    Yesterday afternoon the itching started, first on my legs then arms and all over. Then the headache set it and has been there faintly since. 
    Spoke with a doc this morning and they recommended drinking up to a gallon of water every day to flush it out. If my symptoms persisted or worsened in the next day or two I was to report to the e.r.  
    Researching gadolinium is is a pretty serious heavy metal that can become the raw material in your system after a few days and this is indeed dangerous to the health of major organs, especially kidneys. 
    Time to fill another cup of water.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:37 AM by jam

    I posted March 13 2010 on here, with my symptoms and pain after the last scan I had. I recently 4 days ago had to have another CT Scan done, I was so hesitant due to the last time I had the CT Scan done. This time I'm luckily not having the arm, or back pain, well I guess I should say not yet. I have developed some intestinal problems with the dye this time though. My digestive system is as follows. Hunger is diminished, Eating once a day even though not hungry. After eating my bowels are gurgling and I'm getting twinges of slight pain in the abdomen, last night into the chest, which was painful, but subsided. Now approximately 1 hour to 30 minutes of eating am having bouts of diarrhea, and it's almost as if I'm obstructed, I believe this dye is staying in our systems longer than the medical community knows. I truly feel this dye is absorbed in our systems and it's a waiting game to see how long it will take to leave the system. All we can do is keep our doctors informed so hopefully they can keep the radiologist up to date on these medications and the drawbacks of the dyes. 

    posted @ Monday, January 10, 2011 12:17 AM by Kim

    I signed the waiver and took the contrast MRI with no ill effects at all. My technician was very careful to give me plenty of information so that I was comfortable with the procedure. After coming home I drank several glasses of water to hasten the loss of dye. Not a bad experience at all.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 11, 2011 9:36 PM by Lee

    Before the CT I had two blood & urine tests that were nominal. Three day after the CT I landed in the ER, and six months later I'm still having problems with rashes & incurable infections. Logically I would expect that age has something to do with how the dye and/or the CT effects the individual. My original problem was a right low back pain (a torn tendon sheath that had scared over) after having been a horse trainer, and shoeing my own horses for years. Health Care in the US has become a $300 billion bear trap. Now a days if you have a splinter in your finger consider yourself lucky if you get away without being talked into having a CT Scan, and what is even more interesting is the one scan is never enough. The first CT didn't find anything that a Ultrasound would have found. My great great grandmother lived with cancer for thirty years while managing a ranch. I think the problem is that the medical world thinks it should be able to cure every health problem at any cost to the peasant, not preventing the problem in the first place. Never again will I have a CT. Rather than being sliest & diced by a doctors trying to make the next four payments on their BMW, and possibly making the peasant into vegetable, I'd rather just learn to live with the problem.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:14 AM by Don Grey

    I feel bad for people who are genuine with their feelings about after a CT scan. But, I've learnt that some people exaggerate about happenings after some invasive tests, just for attention. Live with one.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:17 PM by ChristineN

    I had a CT scan of the lungs done last Friday. I noticed on Saturday that the right side of my lower back/waist is quite swollen and red. This is the only adverse symptom I have had. Just wondered if anyone else has had this type of reaction and how long it takes for it to go away?

    posted @ Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:40 PM by Joanieaz1

    On Tuesday I had a Ctscan they used a cath. in the arm using contrast, the allergic reaction didnt show untill the afternoon on Wednesday when all of a sudden my whole groing area started itching everyng swelled up turned bright red, at first I thought that i must not have rinced the soap off from my shower that mornining. I washed the area it dint help at all I was still itching, when I got home from work I washed again and used some anti itch cream, that did help and now its friday i'm still a little sore but all is back to normal. I plan to never have this contrast used on me again.

    posted @ Friday, January 21, 2011 6:15 AM by steve cockrum

    Had a ct scan on lungs on Friday. It was comfortable and with no lasting side effects.

    posted @ Saturday, January 22, 2011 5:13 PM by CLanshe

    worseI've had several CatScan over the years.This time it caught up with me. My feet tuned blue and my feet stared to swell' Nowmy feet are out of shapeand havebumps that looks like someone blowed them up in places. Their red and white where the bumps are.their real hard as my shines are also.their so hard they fel like their petrified.It goes from my feet up to arounnd my knees.I all so itch all over. my feet on the bottom are so sore it's hard for me to walk. Theirs creases where my feet meet my legs and not small one's I'm in agony every day. I also have fibermyalgia, Cronic Pancratitis. Irratable Bowl syndrom Deviticulis. thought their wasen't anything left, wrong I have colitis also.That's not bad enoughitmakes my legs and feet worse. Well I know I;m going to Heaven because I'm in hell now. Their is a lidigation somewhere. their was a lawyer on T>V saying if anyone's feet turned blue after a SctScan to call. Stupid me I diden't write down the #.Did anyone else seeit. Theirs a lidigation aginst the company thats sell's the dye. GOD BLESS YOu all I.ll put you on my prayer list. With out GOD beside me I'd never make it. all, Bless i'll Pray for you the dye.

    posted @ Friday, January 28, 2011 2:55 AM by Mary Ann

    I had a CT scan 5 days ago and all went well until the next day when I saw my stomach was infested with with a rash I had never seen on my clear skin and int he afternoon, the rash attacked my neck and arms and the lower part of the legs in the calves. Its so itchy and uncomfortable. I also developed a swelling on the nape the back part of my neck. I went to ER and they recommended Benedryl and after two days the rash has turned ripe and yellowish but the neck is still itchy badly. I am so scared and dont know what to do.

    posted @ Monday, January 31, 2011 1:44 PM by Samson

    Reply to the post on Jan 31, 2011 -maybe by now since its Feb 2, it's gone, but in the future, the only thing that will help is a steroid shot. That's what I was told. It's horrible, the rash is very bad if you get one!!

    posted @ Wednesday, February 02, 2011 2:05 PM by Holly Taylor

    I had a CT scan with Iodine in an IV in my arm. I was not really mentally prepared for this as I had mistakenly expected I was having an ultra sound on my carotoids. This occured 01/28/11. I was not informed of any possible side effects from this procedure. Since then I have been experiencing loose, watery bowel movements. I will never have another one of these procedures done again, whether or not this problem clears up. This has been going on now for 18 days and no relief in sight. I saw my doctor today and she said she has never heard of this being a possible side effect. I was relieved to read I am not alone with this.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:27 PM by Patricia Mairs

    I had a CT scan for my abdomen 5 days ago. Aside from the poking and brucing because they couldn't get a good vein. I still feel dizzy, a bit nauseous and kind of shaky. The day of the scan I went back to work and my legs felt a bit heavy. 2 days later I also noticed when I was swinging on the swings the dizziness got really bad. I never get sick on the swings. But anyway, I hope the test come back ok. I don't mind these side effects because I know is for my own good.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 4:49 PM by Melissa

    I had the CT scan today. Everything went well. Drinking the berry flavored barium was no problem. What I'm experiencing now is a lot of gas. I was looking to see if anyone else experienced this.

    posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 6:13 PM by

    I had CT scan w/contrast yesterday, 2/28. I felt fine after until I got up until 15minutes later when I got home, My whole body was shaking from head to toes, I was so cold felt like I was in meat freezer and my temperature starting to rise, it got to 99.5 Called my Dr he told me to take tylenol. This morning still had fever at 1st 99.1 but after shower it went down to 98.7. 
    I do not know if fever and shakes came from contrast.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 01, 2011 12:47 PM by Cathy Ryan

    I had the CT scan Friday (today is Tuesday) for a pelvic problem. I took medication before hand (prednisone and benedryl) because I have a mild allergic reaction to shellfish. I drank the liquid 2 hours before the injection of the IV fluid. I was nauseous the next day and have been feeling out of sorts ever since, along with loose stool. I feel very sleepy and like I am coming down with something. The feeling starts in the morning and continues all day. I hope it ends soon!

    posted @ Tuesday, March 01, 2011 2:11 PM by Anne

    Had a CT scan for my neck today with and without contrast! The IV injection made my heart race like crazy. I didn't realize at the time what was going on. I thought I was having a panic attack. I bit my lip for distraction and thought I was going jump off the machine. Luckily it wasn't for too long...Was told to drink a lot of water!

    posted @ Wednesday, March 02, 2011 6:46 PM by Mike

    I went in for a Cat Scan in 2008. Right after the cat scan I had severe muscle and body twitching. I thought at first it was anxiety due to the fact it was after midnight and I already had problems with insomnia. I had severe insomnia after this. I have had the muscle, body twitching, teeth grinding & chattering & hypnic jerking and insomnia since then. I still haven't figured out what I have and what to do about it. I found out that I'm allergic to iodine. I hope to find an answer to this. I took thryoid tests that came out fine. My doctors have said, I shouldn't still have a reaction. I still do!

    posted @ Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:15 PM by MELISSA

    I am in bed, had MRI/MRA done 2 days ago. I have severe nausea feeling and even water makes me nausea's. Horrible pains in my stomach region and feel so ill! Headaches too, i did not even realize i was having a dye injected? I dont know how long i should leave it until i go to doctors as i am hoping these symptom will pass!

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 2:16 AM by Anne Hinds

    i was never told of the possible side effects, i didnt even have to sign a consent form but after the test i couldnt stop shaking, chest feels heavy & i just feel like im burning inside out. i have never felt this bad my whole life and i wish i new of the side effects before so i could decide if it was necessary or not.

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 2:57 AM by andrea

    Before your scan, your doctor SHOULD inform you what to expect and how to prepare; what's benefit and risk. But most of the time it's the best way to consult with the Radiology Facility you are going to have your scan. Talk to a CT scan Technologist or Radiologist about your question and concern.  
    For different purpose, CT scan may required IV contrast which is iodine-base dye solution.  
    Before starting your procedure, CT technologist should obtain full medical history of you to make the decision if IV contrast is NECESSARY to use or Radiologist should get involved to discuss with you.  
    And as patient should fully honest inform the true medical issue such as Diabetes, Asthma, Surgery history and most importantly is ALLERGY history. Because most of IV contrast are iodine-base, any allergy to seafood, shellfish, shrimp or lobster could trigger reaction.  
    Diabetes patient, highly concentrated iodine-base contrast could damage kidney function and lead to renal failure. Asthma could be trigger if patient is too nervous or anxiety.  
    IV contrast does give warm, flush, metallic taste/smell and urinate sensation to MOST of people, not always. It really depends on each individual's physical condition. Drink more-than-usual fluid would help to washout the contrast from your body. There will be no color change in urine. After scan, you should watch your physical condition to see if there's anything change such as start having rash, hive, itchness or any swollen, call your doctor or go to Emergency Room immediately.  
    And most importantly, If you have CT scan in the past and have no allergy reaction, that doesn't mean you will never have reaction to it. But, the reaction occurrence percentage is very very low as long as your physical condition is allowed you to have IV contrast. Pre-medicated is another way to avoid the reaction happen.  
    Radiation safety is another issue. I can tell some people are very sensitive to radiation. Talk to your CT technologist and Radiologist about this. They should be able to explain and let you know how much your radiation dose is. The radiation dose should under the regulation limit to ensure giving As Low As Reasonably Achievable radiation in order to make diagnostic quality imaging study to help Radiologist making correct diagnoses.  
    Hope this help.

    posted @ Sunday, March 13, 2011 3:02 AM by abe

    I had my heart scanned. I’m not sure what kind of dye was injected. A week after the scan I started feeling bad. I had bad headaches, nose bleeds and a full body rash. Two weeks after the scan I began to lose weight, was often nauseous and the rash became itchy with welts. Just two weeks earlier, I was lifting weights and could pump a bicycle uphill effortlessly. Now, just standing for any period of time brings on fatigue and lightheadedness. They told me my body would be radioactive for 30 days and gave me a permit to go through airports. I’m waiting for that 30 day mark so I can get back to normal.

    posted @ Monday, March 14, 2011 6:54 AM by

    If anyone can find an attorney that will take CT cases let us all know. I've been suffering for nearly a year from many of Andrea's side effects. I had CT for a 30 year old low back injury, now nearly every organ in my body has suffered starting the day after the CT. Some of the research on the subject would make you shutter. Its been a nightmare everyday, and night.

    posted @ Monday, March 14, 2011 9:49 AM by Don Grey

    This comment is directed to Abe. Dear Abe, appreciate your comments, but have YOU had a CT scan w/dye??! Maybe YOU should try it and see how it feel, see if you have any reactions!! As you can read in this blog, 90%? of people have had a reaction. It is NOT made for humans and should NOT be given! NO one discussed the side effects with me or talked to me about how it would feel - the only thing my tech said was, you will feel warm in your lower abdomen area - that was it! I would suggest that you take this test and then come back to the blog, tell us how you feel!!

    posted @ Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:10 AM by Holly

    Thank you Abe. Your comment all sounds very good, but how do you know what questions to ask if the only concern of the tech is "are you allergic to clams", and not giving any advice for preparing for a scan in case you might be. I'm not a big shell fish eater, but I don't remember ever being effected from any sea foods. The techs answer was "there shouldn't be a problem them". Two days later I really thought I might die if symptoms got any worse. Three days later I end up in the ER for dehydration. For the next three months I never got more than a hour sleep, and had to keep my head elevated or would feel like I would suffocate. The depression still at times is over whelming as done of the doctors I've seen for rashes, infections, joint pain, ear pain, lightheaded, flue like symptoms that lasted months. All this as a result of what, clams!? Doctors do not want to talk about the possibility of that there is any reason to be suggest that might the radiation poisoning, or the iodine reaction. Up to the point of the scan I was in very good health. I eat well, mountain bike two to three ours every other day, did my yoga upon waking every morning, and then worked out every morning for 40 minutes. The scan was to see what soft tissue was effecting an off and on low pain for over 30 years from working with horses.  

    posted @ Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:37 AM by Don Grey

    Last week while undergoing a medical examination in China for my aviation licence I was injected with a dye during the CT scan. I was not briefed or given any information prior to the scan. At first all went very well. With the test complete the catheter was removed and I was released and allowed to go with my interpreter back to my hotel. Before we even exited the hospital grounds my interpreter noticed the back of my hand was ballooning up where the needle had been inserted. We turned round and went back to the CT unit, on arriving I was assured everything was ok and not to worry. Next I began to feel nauseous and my vision deteriorated and my hearing was reduced by 50%. I did not pass out but I was quite surprised by my reaction to the dye and CT scan. Without material to read and without any sort of briefing I was really in the dark about the whole procedure. I have now returned to the UK where I will see a doctor about the discolouration of my hand where the needle was put in. The vein that the needle was put in has not recovered and it is now 6 days since the CT scan. In my opinion to get a thorough briefing and a written description of the test is imperative. Having such a test without this information is not a good idea and potentially dangerous.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:13 AM by Simon Dufton

    Just had a CT scan with contrast last night in ER. I was told about the flushing/warmth, and about the possible feeling of needing to urinate. I asked specifically about nausea and was told by doctor and nurse that that NEVER occurred. About an hour after the scan, I was at home trying to eat something so I could take an antibiotic. I was suddenly overcome by waves of horrible nausea and was unable to eat a single bite. I took Phenergan (an anti-nausea drug) which barely touched the nausea. After 3 or 4 hours, the nausea just went away.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:02 AM by Mary

    I had a Pelvic MRI with contrast dye today, no mention of possible reactions to the dye. After the first 5 mins my heart was racing and i felt prickling all over my upper body, I had to stop the scan as I was scared. Finally completed and left with very red chest and shortness of breath, nurses said this was normal..... Didn't realise it was the dye until I read all these comments

    posted @ Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:51 PM by Emily Clarke

    I had a CT scan with dye yesterday to check my lungs because of poorly controlled asthma. The injection itself was of course odd. The heat and the, "Wow, I'm totally going to pee myself" feeling. But when it was done I had a laugh with the tech about it. 
    Then I felt a lump when I swallowed and some pressure under my jaw - almost like a tight turtle neck. 
    She asked me if I was ok and I said my neck feels tight at the top - and showed her where. I didn't feel itchy or anxious or even very out of breath ( my breathlessness was the same prior to having the CT). 
    She left me for a minute and told the Radiologist. All of the sudden I had a doctor next to me while I'm still on the CT table and she's asking what's going on. I told her I felt pressure below my jaw, almost like a tight turtle neck and she said Ok and told the tech to put an IV back in me. Then all hell broke lose around me... 
    While I still wasn't having an issue breathing that pressure feeling was spreading down a little and I started to just feel like my throat was thick...It was an odd feeling and certainly, when you think of your throat closing up you don't think this is how it will feel. I was pretty calm about it - but everyone else was not so calm. 
    So - I hear over the loud speakers, Rapid Response to Radiology. Hmm - that must be me?? 
    Tightening is getting worse - breathing is the same though - I am not panicking at all. They gave me one shot of Epinephrin in the arm - 125mg Solumedrol ( same as Prednisone I think ? )in my IV, Rantadine 50mg (IV Zantac - used as an antihistimine), Benadryl IV 50mg and then a repeat some time later of Epinephrine. Oh yes and - IV Saline push. The doctor was literally squeezing the bag. 
    Oxygen mask on and lots of talking and orders and making sure I was an ER patient instead of an out patient for CT. Protocols and such... 
    Anyway - I was in the Emergency Department for a number of hours after the reaction and had no more swelling. 
    I do have a think feeling in my neck still and I have a sore throat but the ER Doctor said that that is completely normal because of the reaction and subsequent swelling. 
    From what I have read - this is extremely rare. It hardly ever happens - but the cool thing about it is that if it does happen - you are typically in a place where you can be treated and quickly. I have no idea if my life was saved yesterday or if that's as far as the swelling would have gone. 
    I do know though that I am so incredibly grateful that they gave me the medicine I may have needed and that I'm ok now. 

    posted @ Thursday, March 17, 2011 7:20 AM by Amy

    wow I had a ct scan the other day had to drink they orange stuff then hooked to iv ,yesterday and today every part that is inside me has been acking ,guess it not in my head i see others have had same

    posted @ Saturday, March 19, 2011 6:58 PM by lisa

    Dear Holly and Don,  
    Wish you all well.  
    Yes, I have had CT scan with dye before. That was long time ago for my brain because I had headache problem then. I did not remember anything else but the warm flush feeling on my head only. And after few minutes, that feeling was gone. And I was okay after the scan.  
    I believe there is a reason to use IV contrast is to better visualize the vessel structures of human body; harming is not the purpose. Also, I believe FDA or whoever regulate the use of medical radiation procedure approved the contrast can be use on medical imaging purpose.  
    Allergy history is important prior to have IV contrast, but not the only concern. Any other physical condition/issue can lead to allergic reaction.  
    And always, as a patient has the right to make decision before any medical procedure. 
    God bless

    posted @ Sunday, March 20, 2011 12:21 AM by abe

    This is a follow up to my post of post @ Monday, March 14, 2011 6:54 AM. Its about six weeks after the scan. Everything is back to normal except my skin which is shedding the burned areas. I can run and bike again. I still don’t understand why no one sat me down and explained how serious the side effects would be. The best news is the scan showed my heart to have no problems.  

    posted @ Friday, March 25, 2011 2:01 PM by Eric

    I has a CT scan over two weeks ago with contrast andthe side effects are itching hives that come up at any given time, burning when urinating and when passing stool. I was NOT told of any possible side effects from the contast. I feel miserable. Will this eventully get better????

    posted @ Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:01 AM by Sharon

    I never told about the side effects of the dye... when i received it ;i start to feel nauseous my right side felt numb. After i was done i felt awful!The feeling last 24 hours or more. feelings include nauseous,dizziness,headache,weakness all over.I felt like crap!

    posted @ Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:22 PM by karen

    I had a cardiac ct scan on March 25, 2010 and had no problems during the scan until 5 days later. The radiology tech was great - he informed me of all the side effects and kept checking to be sure I was doing ok. Wednesday (5 days after the scan) I started with a small itchy patch in my left shoulder. Yesterday, when I woke up I was bright red where all the body folds of skin meet. It got worse during the day, with hives covering my torso to my neck, face, arms and legs. I called my primary care physician and went to see her today. I did take benedryl twice yesterday for the itching, that did not help. This morning I looked like I had a bright red sunburn on almost all of my body - even my ears that was extremely itchy. My primary care physician gave me a prescription for prednisone and atarax and the itch was slightly less - now acting up again as it is time for more atarax. I saw a cardiologist this morning because I need to have a cardiac cathetarization. He seemed to think it was "rather late" for a reaction, but I have not used any different products on my skin, so I am pretty sure that it was an allergic reaction to the ct scan dye. I'll have to pre medicate for the cathetarization - I hope this rash goes away - it is extremely uncomfortable. I will keep you posted about the progress.

    posted @ Friday, April 01, 2011 11:40 PM by Carolyn

    I had a Cat Scan two weeks ago, drinking the contrast two hours prior to the scan of the pelvic area. Since then I have had red itchy welps that pop up on my skin at any given time,I also have burning at times when urinating. I NEVER will have a CT scan again, ultrasoun maybe. The technician told me the effects of the contract should have been out of my body by now, NO!!!!

    posted @ Monday, April 04, 2011 6:15 AM by Sharon

    I had a CT Scan on march 30 because they were looking for a pulmonary embolism. I am 26 weeks pregnant. I was told to drink barium to act as a shield to protect the baby from radiation. They gave me the contrast dye vie IV but it spurted out from the IV hub and leaked down my arm. They came in, refilled the dye and tightened everything, but it happened again when they tried a second time. The technician was good about telling me before hand that I would experience the warm feeling and like I have peed myself even though that wont happen. They also checked and double checked my allergies and past kidney problems before they began the procedure. Now its April 4, I'm still having a hard time passing the barium, and last night I had bad kidney pain in my right kidney. I wonder if this is related.

    posted @ Monday, April 04, 2011 9:13 AM by Donna

    I had a CT today for suspected, but ruled out< GI issues and I have felt awful all day - nausea and headache and even feel feverish...I know it's rare but it does happen....

    posted @ Monday, April 04, 2011 4:41 PM by jon

    (See previous comments on 4/1/11.) The prednisone worked! After 24 hours I was slightly less red, 48 hours blotchy but no welts and the "firey appearence" was gone. Today after 5 days the rash is gone as well. I took the atarax for the itch for 3 days, but it does make you drowsey, so I was able to manage without it after that. If you have the "rash/welts/firey looking" reaction - get to your primary care physician right away. I was afraid that it would not go away, but I'm back to normal. Also drink lots of water. Now I will pre med before the catheterization - a little nervous, but hoping for the best!

    posted @ Tuesday, April 05, 2011 7:19 PM by Carolyn

    I had my 1st CAT scan this morning. I had to drink four 12oz cups on contrasting dye, after my 4th cup I had explosive water diarrhea ALL day, and I got very cold for about an hour. Then they had to put in an IV, they had trouble pushing the dye in (it hurt a lot!), took out the line and poked me again. By the time they were done hooking me up, I had to go pee so bad and worried I would leak diarrhea on the table. The techs finally pushed the dye through my IV line and I felt really hot (almost uncomfortable). By the time they were done, the hotness subsided and I felt cold again and hungry too (due to not eating breakfast as instructed). Felt lethargic and my arm is sore due to being poked twice. My bowels feel rumbly, constantly feel like sharting and general ickiness. I couldn't take a nap as I had to get up every ten minutes or so to run to the bathroom. I think I may ask my employer (who is a ND) to maybe hook me to an IV to flush the dye out of my system. If it can be helped, I will avoid the scanning of cats for as long as I live.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 05, 2011 11:47 PM by Jenny

    I had a CT scan done of my lungs a few days ago. It was the thrid attempt to try to do this test. I have had a heard time in the past of the nurse(s) finding my veins. It was a horrible experience. Finally they said they got the vein, after numbing it, and taking something to relax me, finally did the test. The next day I was violently ill. Vomiting and diahrrea all day. While they were doing the test, I felt like I had peed my pants. they didn't warn me about that. My arm also blew up like a balloon and was stiff for at least 24 hours. I will never do this again. I am a breast Cancer patient in recovery and I have had CT's done before, nothing like this ever happened. What is a side effect?

    posted @ Wednesday, April 06, 2011 5:30 PM by Brenda Hill

    I had a CT. Scan today. My body felt warm even felt like I peed on myself that was 5 hours ago. As of now I feel fine except for the cramps in my ovaries. Which was what the test was for but it had subsided some until I also drank the oil contraceptive. The was one thing I noticed about 15 minutes after the test I got very cold And sleepy and today was very hot day. My question is those that have experienced side effects did any thing come back on there CT scans? I asked the person that did my test if he saw any thing he said nothing jumped out at him. What would they do if They saw something abnormal?

    posted @ Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:50 PM by Michelle

    Has anyone ever taken Mucomyst (I think that's how it's spelled) to protect the kidneys from the dye? I have polycystic kidney disease, and a family history of brain aneurysm, so a CT scan or MRI was recommended as screening, in addition to checking out increasing migraines. I was told the CT scan is more accurate than an MRI.

    posted @ Sunday, April 17, 2011 3:30 PM by F.P.

    CT contrast - thyroid storm! Took 2.5 weeks for my metabolism and thyroid st settle down from its HYPER state. They should never have given it to me.... but they knew best and after denied the contrast could have done this to me....

    posted @ Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:13 PM by justmeint

    A friend of mine was in for an MRI due to a tumor in his groin area. He went in for an MRI previously in the middle of 2010 and from what I know he didn't have any side effects. He came in for another MRI a day before Thanksgiving and after having the dye administered, he had a extremely severe allergic reaction to it that resulted in total organ failure. Unfortunately, he passed away, leaving behind a newborn son. I had not seen him face to face since I graduated high school in 2002 and was lucky to get a chance to talk to him again on facebook. I wonder if he was ever told of the possible side effects. I also wonder why he had no problems previously and suddenly this happens. I wonder if I could ask that they administer a small amount to test for an allergic reaction if I request it before I ever get an MRI. Though due to the small percentage shown on the statistics, I understand why it isn't a priority. 

    posted @ Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:33 AM by H.T.

    These dye tests are done for doctors, not for patients. With the test result in hand, they can't be accused of missing something. So, the standard of care is now to order the dye tests at the slightest provocation.  
    Most doctors are concerned with being sued for missing a condition. So they want the pictures to prove they didn't miss anything. They are far more concerned with getting those pictures than with avoiding risk to their patients. Thus, they will withhold from you negative information about the tests' risks in order to persuade you to agree to the test. If you are ill or in pain, you are even less likely to question them. I would argue that "consent" obtained under such circumstances does not qualify as informed consent.  
    It is very likely that if you consult a doctor concerning an adverse event, they will tell you that they've "never heard of such an outcome." What they mean by "hear" is "read about it in a 'peer-reviewed' journal." Patients' reports of adverse events will be discounted. This state of denial is likely to continue because journal articles will be suppressed, as they are not in the interest of the drug companies; CT scan companies; and the doctors. 
    The dye tests are currently treated as if they are akin to a blood draw. The only place for these contrast dye tests is where you are suffering severe symptoms and the alternative is exploratory surgery. I am not generally a fan of personal injury lawyers, but it will take litigation to change the excessive use of these dangerous dyes & radiation. You can't predict your outcome based on anyone else's experience - or even your own in the past.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 03, 2011 1:06 PM by Anne

    In the last 3 weeks I have had 4 CAT Scans with Contrast Dye. 1 Cat Scan with the Barium Drink and an MRI with contrast. 
    At no time I was told I should drink a ot of water the rest of the day. Has anyone heard of this? 
    My Husband had to be rechecked every 3 mon. for almost a year after a AAA Stent and before that he also had scans with dye. Now yearly he gets them but is given Mucomist beforehand and a flush. His Kidneys were perfect before and now are at 40% 

    posted @ Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:56 PM by JC

    I just had brain mri with the contrast dye and I had NO issues. I was really worried after reading all the blogs and comments but it was a piece of cake. The only thing I can think of is that I've been really drained the last couple of days.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:43 AM by Christy

    I've had the dye both of my scans (abdominal/pelvis)....The first time I had no reaction what so ever. About 2-3 weeks later I had another scan done. I broke out in hives the next morning. It was a really itchy rash all over my body! I was given a steroid shot, benadryl pills, and Medrol tablets. I was informed about all of the side effects and risk that were involved. They also told me about the sensation of peeing on yourself

    posted @ Friday, May 13, 2011 11:03 PM by Tyree'

    Had ct scan on liver and kidneys. Mon. Had bad itching and burning on arms next morning. Went back to Dr. and got prednizone for itching. Bad headaches and very tired all week. Sat. pm got horrible stomach cramps and sick at my stomach as well as very dizzy. Finally threw up about a qt. of greenish metalic smelling junk, then had severe diararea for several hours. This morning, exhausted and headache. Of course, Dr will say none of this was caused by dye although I have an allergy to iodine and shell fish, which is in my file and should have sent up a red flag. 
    I had a stress test a yr ago and had a reaction to dye but I didn't associate the two. Don't know if there is a connection or not. Am praying a lot that this never happens to anyone again!!!

    posted @ Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:51 AM by Judy

    See posts of 4/1/11 and 4/5/11. I did have the cardiac catheterization with contrast dye on 5/5/11. Since I had a previous allergic reaction, I premedicated with prednisone and benedryl starting at noon the day before and every six hours before leaving home for the procedure. I still had a mild reaction - what appeared to be a "flush" on my chest and back and slight itching, but certainly not as severe as previously. So please be sure to discuss any reactions with the physicians, radiology techs, nurses and note it in the future when you are asked if you have any allergies. We must all be responsible for our own health care and not be so quick to blame others. Ask lots of questions and be informed and honest in the answers that you provide - read everything before you sign your name to anything. It is our body and we are all ultimately responsible for ourselves. I'm 60 years old and never had allergies until last year - your body changes - take good care of it. Good luck everyone - be informed and ask questions.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 17, 2011 11:40 PM by Carolyn

    I also drank a lot of water and juice that day and extra for the week after - I think that helped too. So drink lots of water to flush the dye out of your system.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 17, 2011 11:42 PM by Carolyn

    Hi I had done a can on the 29 of april with dye and I just found out I'm pregnant, I'm about 3 week that is before the scan. I'm scared that the dye could have done something wrong to my baby.

    posted @ Friday, May 20, 2011 11:05 PM by shelley

    I had a ct w/ contrast 4 years ago. It damaged the nerves in my feet, my thyroid and my kidneys. I began having flu like symptoms 2-3 hours after the test. The Dr. office that ordered the test never admitted that the dye was the reason.

    posted @ Sunday, May 29, 2011 8:13 AM by Melly

    I had a CT scan with contrast two days ago. I didn't have any of the hives or itching, although I did have the familiar burning when it was administered by IV and the warm "peeing myself" feeling. Two days later, I feel a bit tired and have had a few moments of dizziness. I hope this is going to clear up soon.

    posted @ Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:26 PM by bob

    I am somewhat glad that i came upon this site, because i have been most regretful for subjecting myself to this deadly CT-Scan, and i wish i had boned up on the ramifications before becoming a sacrificial lamb. it is quite disturbing to now understand that some 15000 people will be dead next year from CT-Scan, and some 29000 would come down with various types of cancer.

    posted @ Sunday, June 12, 2011 9:36 AM by ogochukwu

    had ct scan 3 weeks ago..the tech had trouble getting the needle in my arm...after several attempts and much pain it arm was sore and bruised for 2 weeks and still is sensitive to the touch arounnd the area...but also my joints are aching in that arm and up to my neck...perfectly healthy before the ct scan...

    posted @ Monday, June 13, 2011 9:51 AM by Lucy

    I had a scan done on May 25, 2011 and aside from feeling very hot and having a an extreme sensation to urinate all seemed fine. However, a little over 3 weeks later I am having terrible leg pain, mainly upper thigh. I was curious to know if anyone else is experiencing this?

    posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:15 PM by Debbie

    i had an mri in 2005 and the heat was almost unbearable. I was shaking weak and threw up right in the office the nurse said are you ok I said no i feel like im going to die, i am sick to my stomach dizzy ect... she just said she had never seen this happen before and it must be my nurves what an idiot. anyhow i have not felt the same since muscle pain and tired all the time i havent been back to a doc since and dont think i ever will unless i am dying.

    posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:23 PM by jen

    I am still very itchy over ny hips and back after a CAT scan 5 months ago. 
    I took steroids and antihistamine prior to scan, 
    Cortisone cream helped for a while, but not know. It is very irritating. Wakes me up during the night.

    posted @ Friday, June 17, 2011 7:24 PM by Rona

    Posted comment June have swelling and bruising on the right arm in the elbow joint...other stiffness comes and goes ...what is in this dye ????

    posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:47 AM by lUCY

    I had a ct done at noon on 6-21-11 I drank the nasty contrast and had the IV dye as soon as they put the dye in my iv i started sneezing got a stuffy nose and started coughing.My ears burned and itched like mad. I started having troable breathing and asked for my things to get my inhaler which i only need when im sick with something to do with my lungs. Well i wasnt sick so i didnt bring it I asked if they could get me one they sent my mother-inlaw all the way to my house to get it by the time she made it back they had already put me back out in the waiting room after takeing my inhaler i felt well enougth to leave and go to a hosptial with doctors who know more than how to tie their shoes

    posted @ Wednesday, June 22, 2011 5:08 AM by nellie

    Having an MRI with contrast this Monday and am very concerned about the comments about Gadolidium side effects. The only allergy I have is to sulfa drugs. I'm 55 and scared to have this MR with the dye. Reason for MRI is loss to peripheral vision and they need to diagnose cause by doing an MRI on eyes, pituitary, and brain. Hope somebody can help..

    posted @ Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:50 PM by DeleneSC

    I just had a CT Scan this afternoon, and got so violently sick, from the injection and the dye. I vomited dry heaves, diahrea, and dizzy, nausea uncontrollable, and hot and cold flashes racing heart, and swollen throat and gums, could not swallow, or take a deep breath. Shaking horribly, back ache, now. Legs were hurting. Almost went to the Hospital for allergic reaction treatment. i fought it at home, but still feel not good, hope it passes, never ever again1 almost died! GIGI

    posted @ Saturday, June 25, 2011 11:00 PM by Ginger

    Good website. I have yearly cat scans of the abdomen due to breast cancer 11 yrs. ago. Recently, I have had to repeat the scan two times (3 months apart) due to nodule on the lung. Will go again in 3 months to check it again. This site explains why my back itched and broke out with scabs and is discolored - like it is burned. It has crept up around the neck and even onto the arms. My family doctor and oncologist looked at it after the lst scan and didn't even connect it to the scan or seem concerned. It has gotten worse after the 2nd scan and I am going to see a skin doctor. But, now worried about having the scan again in 3 months. I have never had a problem with acne, but have sensitive skin. I even have a few scabs on the face, which I have never had in my life. I think now that it may be because I've had two scans with contrast within 3 months. Hope this helps someone.

    posted @ Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:48 AM by pat perry

    Had a cat scan this morning. Was premedicated with prednysone and benadryl. It is 8 hours later and my face is bright red. So far no rashes or dryness or itching. Am drinking alot of water and am hoping it won't get any worse than this. I think everyone should be premedicated. It doesn't cost much and could save a life.

    posted @ Monday, June 27, 2011 4:34 PM by Cher

    I've had a few (head & neck) MRI's, 2 w/contract. Just warm heavy feeling during. All was good after. 
    Having CTA tomorrow and am wondering if the machine used makes a difference? Tomorrow will be on a 256 SLICE CT-FLASH ~ Lowest Radiation Dose, and hoping I won't have any side effects. I will: 
    *Prophylactically take Benadryl 1hr before and at least 48 hrs after. 
    *Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 
    *Go for a long swim to work that crud out of my body!  
    That should take care of the dye. The radiation is something else. It's a crap shoot whether I can't handle it. 
    I will try to come back and review procedure.

    posted @ Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:58 AM by Amanda

    I have had CT Scan with contrast twice and MRI with contrast once. I had no adverse reactions to the CT Scans at all. With the MRI I woke up that night about 12 hours later with clear diarrhea which I took to be the contrast agent getting tossed from my body. All is well.  
    In my case the information gained by having these tests far,far outweighed the discomfort.When perusing the web for info on scans with agents keep in mind that folks who had adverse events will tend to be over-represented as they are more likely to tell their story. They don't write songs about guys who go out in the boat, have a great time, and return safely. 

    posted @ Friday, July 01, 2011 9:08 AM by Jim Barber

    Your one of the lucky ones.  

    posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 10:14 AM by Don Grey

    I had a friend who did not know he was allergic to the dye and it was fatal. Rare instance I know, but we need to keep abreast of the dangers of the radiation and allergic reactions to the dye that can be different with each person. You can have the cat scan w/o dye if you are allergic. Disagree that it is all over-represented as you say. It's called being knowledgeable and aware and making the decision before you sign the paper for the scan with contrast at the hospital, which relieves them of all responibility. I have had several cat scans w/contrast with no serious side effects until recently. I am older now and you can develop allergies for no reason. We all have a song or story to tell - it's called sharing information.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 4:03 PM by pat perry

    Interesting that a few commented about a bed "sore" on their buttock. Had the same after my last cat scan with contrast, in addtion to other skin problems. May be from the radiation, which will be diagnosed by a dermatoligist in a few wks. Good that we are sharing information and our experiences, which helps us to keep on top of all and be aware of consequences since doctors do not always explain the negative side of tests.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 4:54 PM by pat perry

    my wife 40yrs was in a car acciedent christmas eve with the kids from a lady running a redlight. at the hospitol my wife had blood in her urine and untold adominal pain. The hospitol stated it was imperitive that she have a ct scan to find internal bleeding. She had a bruise spline and kidney and her whole left side was black and blue. she had over 5 times the amount of chest xrays and scans than noraml in one sitting. 
    No surgury was needed at the time and was sent home to heal. what a horriable few months to follow. the uncomfortabe healing process. 
    now 6 months later with energy levels wacked, pains in her body that come and go. besides what we thought the acciedent caused her to go into premedapause did not have all the signs. She was getting pegnacey test showing negitive with odd symoptoms, gets a shot to bring on a cycl;e then 7 weeks from her last cycle she hits positive on two tests, take her to the gyn and shows negative again. full ultrasound shows nothing in her. 
    I started reading up on hyperthyroid and started to see a link that since the CT scan iodine does collect in the thyriod, depends on amount can cause all the side effects she has had for the past 6 months since the high sigle ct scan in her life ever. 
    Is it possiable that a very healthly women never missed her cycle, takes no drugs or medications. gets a ct scan and has nothing but the actual side effects from a damaged thyriod which is now cuasing her thyriod to be unbalnced hormones and pitrutory glands off beat to produce such drastic horrmones to hit positive when there is absolutly not pregent and headaches never had before, body energy levels and pain and hormone swings plus the thyriods effects?

    posted @ Thursday, July 07, 2011 7:46 AM by mike

    I had a CT scan yesterday with contrast. Dr wanted to scan vocal cord area and thyriod. i woke up the next day with a badly swollen red face - very hot to the touch and itchy from my head to waste area. the next day the face swelling was worse and my eyes were now almost swollen shut,my face and neck were swollen and the itching continued. Mainly on my chest, waist, earloabes, neck and face. I am shedding a layer of skin, similar to a sunburn on my stomach and arms.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:38 AM by bill

    I had an MRI of the small intestine yesterday. I had spent about 20 minutes in the scanner before they injected the dye into my arm. I was told that I would probably feel the dye going into my body and I was not worried but it was never explained to me of any sde affects. I felt the dye enter my body and it felt really warm but within a few moments I started to feel severe pain in my chest and all over my body and an enormous feeling of itching but like someone was sticking the sharpest pins all over my body. The radiographer could see that I was in distress and pulled me out of the scanner at this point I felt like my body was on fire. The scan was then stopped and i was able to sit up. I was covered in blister like spots and my chest was still hurting. The radiographer said that it there is a 10,000 chance of an allergic reaction to the dye and he had never seen a reaction like this. I was given an injection of some sort and then also oral piriton and within an hour I started to feel better mostly better. 24 hours later, my chest still feels a little tight and my skin stills a little itchy and I am still feeling drowsy but so much better than I did during the scan. All i can say is that unless there is another way to have an MRI, I will never be having one again!!!

    posted @ Saturday, July 16, 2011 11:24 AM by Debbie

    I had a ct scan the 18th of July for possible appendicitis issues. The staff was wonderful, and I believe they explained things well mostly because I ask a lot of questions still I was apprehensive about putting Iodine into my blood stream. I was informed of the weid sensations I could experience and the had me raise my arms above my head. Now I am having a off and on random warm sensation in my left leg. Thats what led me to this sight. I am drinking lots of water and also noticed it tastes chlorinated. Feel tired and have stiff joints. I am also giving myself a dose of (Allicin) 3 to 5 garlic cloves a day(just research it Garlic is amazing) for 5 to seven days, i'ts a natural antibiotic. Honey also has natural antibacterial properties and both need to be raw and unheated. I'm glad to have read these comments

    posted @ Friday, July 22, 2011 12:58 AM by Jenn

    Hd a CT scan a week ago. No problem during the test, nothing till around 2 am., Woke up shivering and shaking pretty bad. A little nauseous, took a relaxer pill sat on my hands and it went away. I figure it was worth it as went in for leg pain, found Renal Arteries blocked and blockage in the legs. Will now get stents this week. Grateful for the test, who know how long it would have taken to spot the renal arteries. So a little suffering was worth it to me.

    posted @ Monday, July 25, 2011 12:10 PM by Judy

    I had a CT scan (w/wo contrast), of abdomen and pelvis yesterday. When they questioned me prior to picking the Barium sulphate prep kit, I informed them of the many allergies that I have. They decided to pre-medicate me with 6th hrly 40 mg prednisone 13 hrs prior to CT, and 50 mg benadryl one hr before the CT. I was also told that upon giving the dye via IV, I will feel hot at the site of IV and throat and will feel like I will have to pee. Upon administering the dye, I did feel the heat in the arm, throat, heaviness on my chest and the pee-ing feeling. I also felt my heart racing and tingling and numbness in hands and feet. When I mentioned this to the Tech, I was told my heart was racing because I was apprehensive and that hands were tingling because they were raised above my head. I knew this was not normal, with a pounding heart and hard breathing, I thought of asking to have my BP taken but there was no such attachment or apparatus there. I was told to take normal meals and lots of fluids to flush out the dye. After I came home I fell down fast asleep due to the Benadryl. Upon waking 2 hrs later, I took meals but food didnt taste as it should; and I had severe head ache and neck ache. Since I still felt palpitations, I checked my BP which was very low with a very high heart rate. I continued taking liquids and resting. More than 12 hrs after the CT, I continue to have tachycardia and palpitations, headache and dizziness. Is this allergy to the dye? despite being pre-medicated? My BP is going lower each 3-4 hrs later that I am checking, now as low as 97/49 however my HR is getting lower. It is past midnight and I am restless, cannot lay down because of the discomfort I have in my chest. What exactly is included in the dye? all they mention and ask is about Iodine. There is no mention of vasodilators because how/why would anyone feel the urge to pee immediately unless the blood supply to the kidneys is flushed? and why does one get tingling numbness unless the blood supply to the limbs is not compromised? why does the heart race unless it has to work hard to supply blood to all the organs of the body because most of the blood is gone to the kidneys? are there any answers? Do i take my symptoms as allergies to iodine because these happened despite being pre-medicated?

    posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 3:15 AM by mms

    I had MRI with gadolinium constract dye. A few hours later I had one completely blood shot eye and very tired. Next morning I had chest, shoulder and neck pain, with muscle spasms, very painful. Also headache, nausea and fatigue. I contacted hospital, they said it was nothing to do with their procedure. So I went on internet and found other people who had experienced exactly the same. One person said 'take an antihistamine'. So after 48hrs of feeling awful, one tablet and an hour later I felt great.Why won't medical authorities accept these side effects? ANY SYMPTOMS, ANTI-HISTAMINE. Its a delayed allergic reaction. Although medical personel say its not possible!

    posted @ Friday, July 29, 2011 3:16 AM by Stuart

    After reading some of your stories on the reaction(s) the ct scan and MRI dyes I find that I have a number of the symptoms many of you have. I've had several and I think only twice was I told to drink alot of water after the test. I'm sure that no one told me what the side affects are. I think I'm now experiencing them. My skin on the hands and my feet brake out in very dry and large "blisters." My skin peels off very easily. My throat is super dry. My abdomin aches. I catch colds more frequently. Just this year I've had five colds. The last scan I had was about a year and half ago maybe longer and I still feel the heat from the dye. I also have backaches. Neihter the doctors or anyone else said anything about the side affets. The doctors recently told me I have allergies! Right now my vocal cords and nostrils are imfammed. I'm been referred an EN&T doctor. I have joint pain and discomfort (this could also be due to Fasamax) a medication to treat pre osteroporosis. Several years ago I started getting very sick. I felt as though I had the flu, pms, and morning sickness, headaches, and my body and head would heat up. I felt as though I had a high fever. But every time I took my temperture it was normal. The doctors couldn't find the problem. They kept saying it was due to stress. I persistently kept after the doctors to keep testing, to think outside the "box". But to no avail. After reading your stories I think I probably have dye poisioning. I have to admit that it's very frightening. I totaly empathize and sympathize with all of you. My heart goes out to you all.  
    God help us all. I sincerely hope you all get the help, treatment and care you need and don't give up in getting it. If you don't mind I'll pray for us all. Take care.

    posted @ Monday, August 01, 2011 6:42 AM by Alicia Pacheco

    Over the past 25 years I have had numerous MRI's and CT's due to back and other problems. Up until about 5 years ago they used the dye on me and then in 2006 I was in the hospital for a very severe case of the flu and they did an MRI of my abdomen and used the contrast. I had an immediate reaction that the tech could see happening with my face getting red and change in blood pressure/heart rate maybe because she stopped the test and they immediately injected me with a huge dose of benadryl. I was told I could no longer take the dye as I was allergic to it. I am also allergic to Prednisone which is something they give to prevent reaction to the various contrast dyes. Last week they did a CT on me and they had me take 50mg of Benadryl before the test and I was ok during the test. Afterwards in the hours following the test I had severe pain in my left shoulder, neck, arm and back and felt basically run down and sick for the rest of the day.  
    My question is this. If you can't take the dye for CT/MRI/PET or other scans how does this impact the DRs ability to pinpoint your problems and treat you? Are there other tests they can do that have less side effects than these with the contrast dye. I have been told unless they use the contrast they can see very little with these tests.

    posted @ Monday, August 01, 2011 8:54 AM by Cathy Baumgardner

    Ive been having CT scans every 3 months for about a year now. Havnt had any problems (except for the hot flushes and funny taste in my mouth) But had one this morning and the nurse didn't put my gelco in properly and the contrast was injected into my muscle! Very painful! My arm has swollen up and i may need surgery to get the liquid out of my arm. The reason I'm telling you this so you ensure your telco is put in correctly so you can avoid this happening to you!

    posted @ Monday, August 01, 2011 10:01 PM by Tim Pearson

    Had CT yesterday. Headache started 1/2 way through test. Face became quite warm. By the afternoon, headache was terrible. Muscles in my arms and back were killing me. Then it included my back. Bad night. Better today with just a little bit of headache. Have had CTs before--never a reaction like this. Wondering if any one else has had this happen?

    posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2011 12:08 PM by Lynda

    I had a CT scan yesterday with dye injection. I straight away felt sick and warm, my eyes were flickering and I couldn't settle myself down. Once I got up to leave I was dizzy and everything felt surreal, it still does. I'm tired and cannot stomach food. I feel like I'm not real and my body does not want to move. The arm I had the injection in is sore and I keep having the warm feeling throughout parts of my body (mainly the shoulder of the arm the injection went into)

    posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2011 5:29 PM by Annie

    So after having a CT Scan with the dye injection done today, I would probably say its not a good idea to go out drinking tonight? Any thoughts or other suggestions? I'm only going out because its a going away party but I was just having second thoughts about drinking. I better stick to water & maybe tea.

    posted @ Friday, August 05, 2011 4:19 PM by Gabby

    I had a CAT scan done yesterday, August 9th, 2011 for pelvic/abdomen. It was my very first ever. I was told what to expect before the IV. It went well for most parts. This morning upon getting up for work, I noticed how achy my body felt and now experiencing headaches like crazy. I have read that headaches are one of the side effects. I have since taken 2 extra strength tylenol which usually kicks in in about 30 minutes. It has been 45 minutes and I am still having the headaches. I just hope my test comes back okay, then it will be worth it.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:10 PM by Paulette

    I had my first CT scan with contrast performed this morning for my liver. I did feel the warm sensation in my chest, and pelvic area (honestly, my entire Vagina felt like it was on fire) but the Tech did warn me of that prior to the injection.  
    The test went well however, on my ten minute drive back to work, I started to feel extremely cold and the weather was about 98 degrees today. I started having chills really bad and by the time I arrived at work, I needed two blankets and a desk heater to warm me up a bit. I immediately begin to feel quite drowsy and fatigued, similar to having the flu. My arms were covered in chill bumps and I ended up passing out (or falling asleep rather) for 45 minutes. Afterward, I remained drowsy for the remainder of the day. I was looking online to see if what I experienced was normal and came across this site.  
    It was really weird and I'm not sure if that was an allergic reaction or what?? 

    posted @ Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:18 PM by Kiki

    I had a scan today, the tech told me that I would feel warm which I did, after that I felt normal. It was not a bad experience, but from everything I read I was afraid I would get sick. I had no problems

    posted @ Friday, August 12, 2011 11:53 AM by

    Had 2 CT scans within 3 weeks. The first one was uneventful. For both, I drank the prep solution prior and was injected with the dye during the test.The second test left me almost immediately with watery diarrhea which resolved within several hours. Then later that evening, discovered hives and then shaking chills and hot flashes. Took benadryl which seemed to help but left me groggy but unable to sleep well. I feel mostly better the next day but still have some evidence of hives.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:04 AM by Kristen

    Hey everyone. I had a CT scan in January of this year. My dr. thought I had a pulminary embolism. I was terrified of doing this CT scan in the first place because I am very closterphobic (sorry if i spelt that wrong). Anyways i went in to get the scan done. A nurse had come in to put the IV in my arm. She argued with the technition about what size needle to put in my arm. (I have very small veins). When they started the test everything was going fine. Then I felt the worst pain I have felt in a long time. The contrast dye infiltrated into my left arm which made it swell up to 18 inches and got rock hard. I had to stay the night in the hospital because of their mess up and had to get yet another Ct scan. To make a long story short, now when i wake up in the morning my left hand is stiff and very sore. I have muscle spasms and alot of pain as well as muscle weekenss. It followed with a four day migraine after the initial scans.  
    Has anyone experienced this before? If so, what should I do? I dont have health insurance and cant afford it. Any kind of advice would be nice!

    posted @ Friday, August 19, 2011 10:09 PM by Rebecca

    I had a CT Enterograrphy today.Oh my goodness, after drinkong three,24 oz Barium at 15 minute intervels,they finally did my test.But,before they could I started to frrl very nausish & Having uncontrolable diaherra.. As the Tec was putting my IV in my stomach started to cramp really bad.but I just wanted this thing over with.. They asked me to put my arms above my head while taking some scans then warned me when the dye would be released. Well, to my horror,I new I would feel a warm feel but what I felt was far from warm.My arm was screaming in pain!I kept telling them that it was hurting.The techs said just hold on a few more seconds we're almost done.I almost thought I would pass out from the pain.I am not kidding! It was that bad.When the IV was taken out,My arm was twice it's normal size,I can't bend it closed and it still hurts.It also itches.I itch all over,I have a headache,still have diaherra,and am extremely tired and nauses.I'm really upset by all this.Today is Tuesday & Thurday I have to have a Colonoscopy & endoscopy,so this has made things a very terrible week.To make matters worse,they could have put me in the womens dressing room,as to no be embarrassed by running to the bathroom.But instead I had to sit in a waiting room full of people,with the bathroom way down the hall.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2011 1:03 AM by Tamala

    I had a ct scan with dye this morning, they warned me it would feel warm in my arm but it wasnt just my arm it felt like the whole of me was on fire it was quite frightening but it only lasted seconds thankfully. Iv had no side affects so farr but after reading other comments on here i am hoping i wake up with no swellings..

    posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:29 PM by caroline pulford

    The reaction I had was total swelling of the throat and I stopped breathing. From what I was told I had three shots of adrenalin and was on a breathing machine overnight before the body relaxed enough to breath.I was in ICU for a day and then a normal ward. I was lucky the CT scan was being done in a hospital and not a clinic

    posted @ Sunday, August 28, 2011 5:16 PM by Steve Gartner

    I had a CT scan yesterday with both oral and IV contrast. Last night about 12 hours after the test I developed  
    I have been on Nexium for years and never get heartburn. 
    I called the tech today who did my test and she said eveything should be out of my system and that these symptoms were unrealted.  
    That is in direct opposition to what I've been reading about delayed reactions - days or weeks later. 
    Anyone have the symptoms I did? And if so, did they resolve?

    posted @ Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:54 AM by Linda

    I developed severe heartburn and a metallic taste in my mouth after having a CT scan yesterday with both IV and oral contrast solution.  
    I called the tech today and she said it was unrealted.  
    Did anyone else get heartburn or metallic taste?

    posted @ Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:38 PM by Linda

    Inventor of Omniscan (Steven Qauy) tells the toxic truth: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Vol. 8, pp. 467-48 1, I990. Release of Gd3+ from the complex is responsible for the toxicity associated with gadoliium complexes;  
    a consequence of Zn2+, Cu2+, and Ca2+ transmetallatiou in vivo. 
    The co-inventor of Magnivest (Dr. Wienman/Bayer executive) public admission : "The train radiologist didn't see coming"

    posted @ Thursday, September 22, 2011 5:43 AM by dan

    Went to have a CT scan today and firstly had a liver function test. Then had to drink barium mixture before going into scanner. It was at that point that the technicians decided that is I have rather difficult veins to get a needle into and as I have no symptoms at the moment (It has taken over a month to get the appointment) it would be a waste of time to have a scan. What a waste of time. I now have flatuence and really bad reflux so bad that it is like a heart attack.(I have a hiatus hernia) At no time was I told of any side effects and was not asked to sign any forms.

    posted @ Friday, September 23, 2011 6:39 PM by Suzanne

    Had upper and lower abdominal CT scans in 2008. I'm allergic to many things and always worry about chemicals in my body. Well, of course, even though they tell you adverse reactions aren't common, we all had some bad reaction and so did I: as I was leaving and at my car I saw several itchy hives on my arms and had hives on my neck. I went back, spen 1.5 hours being observed till they cleared up. Honestly, the radiology dept at the hospital shouldn't be shooing people off right after these scans because if like me, you are alone, and get a reaction, who knows what can happen. Now I'm facing possible injection again with a pending gallbladder removal and I can tell you, I'm making sure these laid-back medicos know that I have this sensitivity and to please watch out!

    posted @ Monday, September 26, 2011 10:10 PM by KrisM

    I had an MRI w/ contrast done on my brain this morning. The only issues I had after was being hot/flushed and nausea and slight headache. I have been drinking lots of water to flush the stuff out of my system. Sounds like I'm one of the lucky ones!

    posted @ Friday, October 07, 2011 12:34 PM by SheilaH

    I've had both. With a ct I used to get sick every time but now my body has become accustomed to it. 
    With the MRI I've had 5 and I never felt a thing untill this last one. I had it this morning and when the guy injected the dye my throat got realy hot. I had extreamly swollen lymph nodes a few days ago and they are still a little swollen so this may have been the cause of my discomfort.

    posted @ Saturday, October 08, 2011 10:23 AM by jenn

    I had a ct scan 2 days ago and got the dye injected into my lower back. The worst pain from an injection I ever felt. They said to take 2 days bed rest for the injection to heal. 3 days later I was dehydrated and extreme headaces started it was so bad im a 24 year old man and it made me cry. I haven't cried sence i was a kid. I found out to drink as much water as possible. After that it went away. Coosa diagnostics never informed about any side affect or risks.

    posted @ Saturday, October 08, 2011 1:39 PM by chris

    Side effects of anything are not nice but I think we all have to remember that these scans are being done for a reason, normally to detect cancers. It could potentially could save your life surely a bit of discomfort is worth it. After all the cancer if left untreated would be worse. Saying that I didn't have any problems other than a bruised arm where they couldn't get the cannula in.

    posted @ Sunday, October 16, 2011 2:52 AM by carol

    Carol: So you did fine, good, but consider our scary experiences. I have had a bad reaction to more than just the CT Scan in my life and now neither trust nor feel like the medicos care much about my special needs unless it happens on the table. I'm being warned now that the next bad reaction could be worse and even kill me so yes, scans are necessary to detect serious diseases but alternatives should be considered right off the bat. I believe sensitive people are sensitive people always. I have had allergies to many thihgs throughout my life but my impression of the medical profession, although we all know they want to avoid lawsuits, don't listen to me when I tell them please watch out for these sensitivities which I have dealt with all my life. I even go so far as to fill out forms in big letters, underlining, to help them notice, and then I go into the "little room" to wait and a doctor (has happened more than once) will come in and hasn't even LOOKED at the paperwork. I wear a medic-alert bracelet; however, I doubt whether anyone will notice it unless to make me take it off before surgery. When you feel like simply another "signature" or number, you get a little annoyed and more than antsy to be undergoing risky tests. I only have one body and I'd kinda like it not damaged or dead for as long as possible.

    posted @ Wednesday, October 19, 2011 2:07 PM by KrisM

    I read this site the day before I went and had my CT scan. It totally freaked me out. Yes, reactions can happen, but they are RARE. And they are managable. 
    Having lived through it and realized all these people are freaking out about nothing, I feel like an idiot. 
    Yes, the dye feels warm. Yes, it's a bit uncomfortable. But it's not painful. And it's over in 15 seconds.  
    I had my scan at 5:00 and was out for dinner and drinks with friends at 8:30.

    posted @ Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:48 PM by matthew

    I just had a CAT Scan yesterday. This was my 4th one....they blew my vein not once but twice. I came home looking like popeye. My arms was huge and now my arm is sore and I am itching all over. The doc said its not my fault nor her fault the vein blew, its the contrast going in quick and its thick and it causes it to happen. Now I have had 3 other ones and never did this. I personally dont think they took the time to get a good vein. They had to go to my other arm to get a good vein. Thaks for the water tip, I will do that next time. I have to go every six months. What worries me, doing it this much, is it going to hurt me???

    posted @ Saturday, October 22, 2011 9:03 PM by Jules

    I received a CT scan this evening due to discomfort/numbness on the back, left side of my head. No dye was injected into me. When I asked the doctor why, she said it wasn't necessary because it does not assist much when scanning the brain. During the scan I felt extremely warm. Afterwards, I felt disorientated, itchy, and it felt like my skin was on fire. On my way home, I started to get a headache. When I got home, I applied an all natural vitamin c body cream on my face and body which seemed to help alleviate the itching and burning. I have also been drinking water. From my research, if you have the option, opt for an MRI or Ultrasound. Much safer and NO radiation. CT scans give out 10 times more radiation than a standard x-ray. Doctors really need to start informing their patients about this procedure. Although a small percentage, CT scans have been linked to cancer and repeated exposure (especially in a short period of time) is NOT good. If I had a choice at the alternative I would not have done a CT scan. Unfortunately, this was my only option at my health care provider's facilities. Although I'm glad that it ruled out something life threatening, I am not happy with the level of radiation my body has been exposed to. Your body tells you when something is wrong - listen to it. Do not be afraid to ask questions and speak up if need be. We, as patients, have the right to be treated with respect and should be well informed as these decisions we make in our lives concern our well being. It is sites like these and people like you that have brought knowledge and comfort in this experience to others. Although not everyone reacts to this experience the same, it is still important information for everyone to absorb about this issue. Thank you to everyone who has shared their comments.

    posted @ Sunday, October 23, 2011 2:29 AM by Julie

    Had a CT scan with contrast dye on my head on Friday 21st Oct at 9am. I also read this website before visiting the hospital and was nervous. 
    However I was out pretty quickly. The injection didn't hurt. The contrast dye does make you feel warm all over and in between your legs like you have peed yourself but this sensation lasted only a few minutes. I was on the golf course by 2pm. I have had no problems. They asked me to sign some paperwork before and asked I was pregnant, had any allergies and if i was diabetic.

    posted @ Sunday, October 23, 2011 8:39 AM by carly humphreys

    had a ct for kidney cysts about 2 years ago.hated the hot feeling and felt i had a follow up scan ,it was worse,1st the needle for the die missed the vein so 10 hours later my arm still feels strange,they then did find a vein and i had the die injected. this time the hot feeling wasnt to bad ,but i got terrible palpitations,like i was going to have a heart attack or something.when it was over the pounding heart palpitations stopped now 12hours later i just dont feel rite.sort of this normal. don't have a rash,just slightly long will it take for the strange sometimes tingly feeling in my arm to go.its not there all the comes and goes.and is severe palpitations normal or could it have been anxiety

    posted @ Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:56 PM by shirley

    Had an abdominal and pelvic ct scan today with and without contrast. Firstly, I had to drink 6 12 oz cups of horrible lemon mix that tasted like cat urine before I even finished the first cup. I was supposed to take all this within an hour. It leaves a horrible taste in your mouth and I wanted to vomit. I cheated because you really don't need all those cups. By the time I finished the fourth cup they called me in and I didn't tell them that I didn't take all of them since I have had scans and colonoscopies before and you really don't need all that liquid. The nurse was very thorough and explained how long it would take and that when the contrast was administered I would feel very hot and feel like I peed on myself but it is just a sensation. They also gave me a few sips of alka seltzer before the contrast and said I would be gassy. I wasn't really. I had a headache before this whole thing probably cause I was hungry, but other than that and the fact that I had to keep going to the bathroom from just four cups of the mix, I had little to no side effects. I did have a metallic taste in my mouth which she told me I would have for the duration of the test but I had it until I had eaten a decent lunch. The only other side effect I have that I don't know if it is related is that I have slight stomach spasms and when I go to the bathroom I had some blood in soft stool and I don't know if that is normal. Guess I will find out tomorrow when I get results. Glad it's over.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:41 PM by doris

    I had my first Co trash MRI thus week, felt fine after went for breakfast and about an hour later started getting real nauseous. & then I threw up fir the rest if the day no matter what I tried to drink of eat. The Contrast did not agree with me at all.

    posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:50 AM by Tina

    I had a chest CT scan with IV contrast on Monday 10-24-11 and I've been in bed since about 4 hours afterwards. I had shaking chills Monday night and my skin is red, hot and itchy from head to toe. It is now 7 pm on Wednesday 10-26-11 and although the rash is still there it is less itchy and I can now eat. Benadryl did nothing but make me sleepy. This happened in May when I had a scan but I thought it was a drug reaction - I didn't even know they gave me contrast. No more contract for me !

    posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:13 PM by Wendy

    Wendy, I had a brain CT scan on 10/23/11 without contrast and my immediate reaction to the radiation was disorientation and itchy, burning skin. Later that night, I woke up shaking with chills. Almost a week later, I am finally starting to feel like myself again. I want people to know that even without the contrast your body reacts to the radiation.

    posted @ Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:55 PM by Julie

    I had a CT Scan 2 weeks ago and have been in a living hell since. I haven't had more than 3 hours sleep a night. I have been having chest discomfort and leg cramps in places I didn't know was possible. I am up all night walking the floor and crying. I can handle pain but this is rediculous. My doctor says I am just dehydrated and to drink more but all I do is drink and pee. I find it hard to believe that all of a sudden at 60 years old I have developed these symptoms. I still have to work and can barely get through the day. I am so stressed all I do is cry. How long can a person go without sleep? I have aged 10 years in the last 2 weeks. I hope I never need another because that will be a big fat "NO"

    posted @ Friday, October 28, 2011 9:50 AM by Trudy

    I had contrast dye with an abdominal CT earlier tonight and was left with a screeching headache! I've had it before without any ill effects, except the rather alarming feeling of having urinated on the table! Make sure you tell your docs/nurses about ANY allergies...even foods.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:23 AM by Anne Cassell

    Ive had three cat scans with the contrast in the last three years. 
    I felt the usual symptoms immediately,warm,and that dry metallic taste in my mouth.But this last time (yesterday) I felt very hot,not warm while the dye was being administered.Then I felt fine all day until late in the evening.I started to feel very nauseous.I went to bed.This morning I woke up after a restless sleep (hot flashes)and before I got out of bed I felt very dizzy.I got up and went to work but have been nauseous all day.I also woke up with small blisters on half of my lip.Very strange and my face is so red and dry. 
    Going to drink more water and moisturize my face.Its bright red and my lip is very dry also.I do not think I will do this procedure again. 

    posted @ Tuesday, November 01, 2011 4:02 PM by Sharon

    There are a couple of different contrast dyes that they use. I had an MRI done with Multihance Gadolinium IV, and felt horrible and started vomiting for about 60 seconds. Then I felt 100% fine. Had to get another MRI, and they used a different contrast dye, and I was absolutely fine.

    posted @ Wednesday, November 02, 2011 2:39 PM by John

    I had a Cat Scan with dye and it was very warm feeling that freaked you out a bit. My tech explained all the feelsi would have and I was very well prepared. I have felt sick to my stomach the rest of night but not enough to worry about. I have read a ton of the comments and can only say the reason you see so many negitive experences is that the people that have not side effect will not search the site to see if it is normal.

    posted @ Friday, November 04, 2011 9:09 PM by tammy

    I have had 2 CT scans at 2 different facilities. The second time was a low dosage and all I felt was slight disorientation for for about a half a minute, and a rubber smell. The first time, by contrast, was a brain scan (higher dosage): I could feel the cold dye moving through my veins, and wherever the dye went I felt extraordinary pain. When it reached my heart I felt an adrenaline rush, when it reached my brain I felt dizzy. By the time It reached my legs I was in enough agony to say 'ow' a couple times. This was short lived and my symptoms were over in 2 or 3 minutes. I have no known medical or food allergies. Perhaps they injected the dye too quickly?

    posted @ Monday, November 07, 2011 10:52 PM by Peirce

    I had CT Scan yesterday with Contrast. First they gave me the drinkable kind which was mixed with grape sugarfree koolaid. 1-16 oz. glass then 45 minutes later 8 ounces then just before scan, 8 ounces more. It did not taste bad only left a metallic taste in my mouth afterwards. I was terrified of the IV Contrast. They explained the entire time what they were doing. The contrast went in, felt warmth going up my arm, HOT in my chest and warmth like I had peed. The heat in my chest is really what scared me the most. When I mentioned that during the scan, they said it would do that because it go's to all of your major organs. Afterwards, when I got home, I had a very upset stomach and today I have a mild headache and a little ichy, not bad though. It wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be, but I do not ever want to have another one. The guy that was in before me, came out red as a lobster and said he was having a reaction and that he had to go to bathroom to get some water to wash his face, he was hysterical, which what is really had me scared before I went in. I came close to refusing it after I saw him running out of the door.

    posted @ Wednesday, November 09, 2011 10:54 AM by Pat

    I was put through a CT Scan in September of 2007. Soon after I received the dye (I was in a coma at the time) I went into Anaphylactic shock. I had been extubated before the CT Scan, they had my vitals stable enough to put me through. Luckily they were able to intubate again, my mother had to convince them not to do an emergency tracheotomy. It's been over 4 years, and I still have the feeling that my throat is closing up. I've had this checked out and they say it's mental, which it might be.

    posted @ Saturday, November 12, 2011 2:36 AM by Felicia

    I've had my own share of these scans just recently had 2 with dye and one with dye and barium back to back within two weeks of each other ... what I don't read here is how much water did each person drink after the scan as well as for a week post scan? I was told to increase my water intake for a week after and right after the scan to drink at LEAST 32 ounces every few hours. I did this and I have had no adverse reactions ever.... I guess the water dilutes the dye? I also thank God for these extreme tests!

    posted @ Saturday, November 12, 2011 12:35 PM by

    Had my CT with contrast today. I was informed about the warm feeling and metallic taste in my mouth. I wasn't quite prepared for the immediate nausea that hit me shortly after the dye was introduced. But, all in all it wasn't too bad and my technician was very informative. He did tell me to drink a lot of water to flush my system out. So far, I feel pretty good.

    posted @ Friday, November 18, 2011 7:41 PM by Steve Appel

    Perhaps some one will notice. My father died from CT Scan Dye injection. He started feeling warm, throat swelled up, respiratory failure and kidney failure ensued. FDA please do something.....

    posted @ Sunday, November 20, 2011 8:51 PM by sandra erickson

    Immediately after it was administered I got nauseous and threw up and felt queezy the entire afternoon. I do not recommend.

    posted @ Friday, November 25, 2011 11:21 AM by Leanne

    Just another example of big pharma making money off of death. And the doctors trying to cover it up. stay as far as you can away from pharma poison it is all about money they could care less if they injure or kill you or a loved one

    posted @ Saturday, November 26, 2011 4:15 PM by justin

    Yep, uh huh. justin (posted Sat nov. 26, 2011 4:15 pm) is an idiot. Some people need certain tests, FOOL.

    posted @ Monday, November 28, 2011 4:44 PM by Bob

    alergic reaction to the dye given in CT scan 2 days after noticed red spots over my whole body very itchy dont scratch once u start cant stop week has passed still there still feel itchy no more octupys ink for me

    posted @ Friday, December 02, 2011 5:36 AM by Sha

    My daughter is only 2 years old. She complained headache (rarely) and head uncomfortable (sometimes at night) during these three months. I made MRI scan appointment on 12/21 morning 9:00 for her. The nurse asked to stop drink and eat from 4 hours before. I am wondering if it would be better to let her drink or eat something before 5:00am in the morning. I do not know which one is better: to let her eat something during night or just starve for all night. What is the purpose for stopping eating and drinking?

    posted @ Thursday, December 15, 2011 3:24 PM by Tide

    I had a MRI scan done in UCH (London) – NO ONE informed me of the risk with the dye, I have only found out this letter when I started to get side effects after scan. My neck and chest were covered in rush and I ended up with swollen face and swollen eye lids it is three days since a scan and the side effects are still present.  

    posted @ Saturday, December 17, 2011 2:56 AM by vera

    Hi, I am a CT Technologist and have been performing CT scans for the last 10 years. First of all any good technologist should explain the test, and possible side effects before proceeding with the exam. 
    It IS normal for you to feel warm all over or in certain areas, back of throat, pelvis (sensation of "peeing"). It is also normal to feel nauseated, which is one of the reasons for fasting prior to the exam. Any of these sensations should only last a few minutes and should subside quickly.  
    From my experience any patients who have had headaches, shakes, or lightheadedness usually are very anxious and these reactions are the result of their anxiety OR the result of hunger due to fasting.  
    9 times out of 10, if a reaction is going to occur, it usually happens right away. You can have a reaction up to 3 hours after the test. Most of the time this is usually just hives. I have not even seen this happen in a few years.  
    The contrast is filtered out with your urine and is clear, so drink plenty of fluids after the exam to assist your body in this process. IV contrast is necessary to diagnose abnormalities. Your medical history and kidney lab values should be reviewed by your doctor AND the tecnologist BEFORE your exam to minimize any risk. If your healthcare providers are doing their jobs properly, there should be very little to worry about! Hope this helps ease some of your worries!

    posted @ Thursday, December 22, 2011 1:27 PM by Jennifer

    At last, a very concise intelligent explanation. Thanks Jennifer. Maybe a good Technologist who cares enough to ease their patients with all the information they need up front, really would make a difference. 

    posted @ Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:40 PM by Steve Appel

    Had CT with contrast yesterday, around 12:00 pm. Felt the warm sensation when dye pushed through IV. This may sound weird but for a few seconds my anus felt hot. No other side effects during test or later that afternoon. Started drinking a decent amount of water for rest of day/evening. 
    HOWEVER,about eight hours later (8:00 pm), I began to fell weird in the head, dizzy. At about 10:30 I my stomach started to act up. This continued to get worse overnight. By around midnight, I felt like hell. Nauseated, some dry heaves, got EXTREMELY cold and finally had to sit in a hot bath to warm up because nothing else would work. Note that I took my temp and it was normal--weird!  
    At approx. 4:00 am (after lying on the floor for a while!), my stomach stated to settle some and I began to fall asleep. Then bam, I was startled awake by an instantaneous, sharp pain in my tongue followed immediately by a metallic taste on my tongue. It felt like someone jammed a needle in my tongue!  
    I had no more pain in my tongue afterwards, but continued to have the metallic taste in my mouth for a while.  
    I think it was about 4:45 am, I was finally able to fall asleep. When I had to wake up about 8:00 am, my symptom subsided. However I was major tired because of the hellish night and lack of sleep. 
    It is 4:00 am as I write this blog on the second night after the CT test. I began felling heartburn by around 9:00 pm, and soon after began to have an upset stomach and started having small dry heaves. From then, till now, my stomach has felt like crap, including lots of gurgling. I also have had a lot of gurgling in my intestines.  
    I am not sure what happened to me overnight this tome. I know it could be dietary, but I am very suspicious it may be more reaction to the contrast yesterday.  
    This was my first CT scan ever. It was for my abdomen because of unexplained pain in my side as I have been suffering with a prostate infection. The doctor wanted me to get the CT scan to make sure she did not miss anything. The scan came back normal which is good, but in retrospect I SHOULD HAVE OPTED NOT TO HAVE THE CT SCAN DONE!!! Made me fell horrible, I am worried about any more side effects and I am worried about the large dose of radiation they use while performing this test.  
    Bottom line--I will never have a CT scan again unless I know, or strongly suspect I am in a very dire, possibly life or death situation, or in the event I could avoid a very invasive exploratory surgery. I suggest any one who reads this considers the same. 
    Good luck to those of you who are getting a CT scan performed. Maybe you will not have any significant side effects. Maybe!

    posted @ Sunday, December 25, 2011 3:36 AM by Paul

    There are a lot of bad stories here, makes me sad. I had a ct 2 days ago and had to drink alot of the contrast and also had it injected. I got the warming feeling and they warned me a head of time so I wasn't worried and it passed quickly. The only complaint I have is Diarrhea and gurgling in the belly. It kept me up all night with loud gurgleing. I was hoping that goes away quickly but as someone said, this is needed to see what is going on. I'll take the gurgles and even the diarrhea if it means saving me from something potentially harmful. Good luck everyone and God bless.

    posted @ Sunday, December 25, 2011 6:20 AM by Christine

    Two hours after my chest and heart CT scan, my prostate -- which is quite enlarged in Benign Prostate Hypeplasia (BPH) -- closed up completely. I had to run to the emergency room and be put on a urination catheter for three days, a nightmare. The technician who had administered the dye claimed that this reaction as a result of the dye was "impossible." But my primary care doctor said it was definitely possible and a 25-year veteran male nurse at the ER said he had seen it happen more than a few times. Later, my urologist said that the combination of the dye and my immobility during the CT scan could have caused the closure.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 04, 2012 12:02 PM by MarcR

    I just had a CT Scan this morning with both the Barium drink and the Contrast IV. My experience overall was positive.  
    The Barium drink was pretty disgusting because of the texture but nothing anyone couldn't handle. The IV made me feel a little warm and light headed but that is it. After the scan I was starving and once I ate I was bloated and had diarrhea. I was pretty tired after too but I also have the flu so I think this was the reason for the fatigue.  
    I'll post again if any other symptoms come up!

    posted @ Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:54 PM by Kate

    Many of these stories are frightening! In any event, I had a CT scan done this week and drank the dye. Test went fine, but coming out of the machine I immediately started getting hives. They gave me an injection of Benadryl and it cleared up almost instantaneously.

    posted @ Thursday, January 12, 2012 11:38 AM by Scott

    Hi, i had a ct scan done of the brain 6 months ago and i had no dye i just lyed on the bed and 5 min later she said your done... but if she didnt put any die in does that mean i should get it done again.. cause i still get all the syptomes?

    posted @ Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:50 PM by Rachael

    Hi Everyone, 
    I had a CAT SCAN and dye yesterday. I wasn't told about the dye until 5 min before I got it done. I was made aware of the side effects the same time. Once injected, I felt the hot sensation. I felt my ears burning, my mouth tasted like it was full of pennies and I felt like I was peeing. I was so hungry after, I ate pizza which didn't taste right.. like pennies. The next morning (today) my eyes and face was swollen and my face has been burning all day. I only hope it's better tomorrow. I wondering if maybe I should seee a doctor in case its an allergic reation?

    posted @ Saturday, January 21, 2012 4:41 PM by Laura

    I had a CT Scan four days ago with the dye injected through an IV. The scan itself went fine with no immediate side effects. 24 hours later, however, I had a rash over most of my body, which is still there. Nothing in the documentation talked about a rash or hives being a possible side effect or the fact that Asthma (which I have quite badly) is often a sign that this might happen. Heading back to the doctor on Monday to find out what they can do, especially since they want to do another procedure on Tuesday. Not sure I want to move forward if I have not recovered from the last thing they did to me.

    posted @ Sunday, January 29, 2012 10:40 AM by Mark

    I had a CT scan with contrast in November. After the first injection I did not feel well and told the tech/nurse. My lets were shaking uncontrollably, I felt like something was wrong but they said to hold on and that the second injection would calm everything. Once they did the second injection my legs "immediately" stopped shaking. It was so bizarre. After the scan it took me twenty minutes to get focused enough to get home.  
    The next day a terrible rash popped out on my upper body and under my arms that is just now, after two months, starting to go away and only after meds. It has been very difficult to say the least.  
    I really don't think I would ever do it again. A few people told me the second time is worse.

    posted @ Sunday, January 29, 2012 11:33 AM by Barb

    I had a CT scan on Feb. 6, 2012 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. I had blood labs and ultrasound to show I have 6.8 cm tumor around one ovary and another 6 cm tumor around the other. First-- the Dr. Dorigo never returns my phone calls and then called to say have to have urgent surgery on Feb. 9th to remove both my ovaries and radical abdomenal hysterectomy. Meanwhile- I just swam 2 miles in ocean on Sunday Feb. 5th and hike up hillsides twice a day chasing after my dog- I'm 45. Type 1 diabetic for 40 yrs. Well controlled and no complications and no family history of any kinds of cancer. I have no fever or pain whatsoever. I went in about a yeast infection to reg. gyno- she wanted an U.Sound and 3 days later I was seeing an oncologsist! So he was just going on blood labs and ulstrasound. I found to get a 2nd opinion and a CT scan. Dr. Dorigo said "YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO GET A 2ND OPINION!" Well I spoke to primary care and he said GET A CT SCAN and if that shows more tumors- then just get everythign removed. So I am stressing out and full of anxiety to begin with but my BGs (blood glucose) is fine, I'm still running and jumping and lifting things around- then I get terrible flank pain- across lower back/kidneys. And I think- oh no all these tumors in my abdomen have broken open and spread the cancer! Then I remembered- wait - post CT scan and barium ORAL AND injection-- I was supposed to drink LOTS of water. And I have not been so good at that do to leaving 5 phone messages for doctor at UCLA-- not even a COURTESY REPLY call... no one has called me to give me results of CT scan-- the results have come in as of Monday Feb. 6 at 4pm... So I am so full of anxiety and now this lower back pain?! But after reading this blog I feel more peace-- it most likely is a bad reaction to the barium/iodine. I had a CT scan of chest, pelvic and abdomen. I had to drink TWO pints of barium (8 glasses) AND have the barium/iodine injection! I never did research PRIOR-- just was worried about the 3 hour fasting PRIOR to CT scan-- yeah NO ONE told me this and I took my insulin and then was so worried to go into insulin shock with NO FOOD! But I was worried so much my emotional stress kept my BG levels higher than normal;-) I am VERY disappointed with UCLA gyno oncology dept-- what does a girl have to do to get a return phone call?! I've called his nurse, the surgery nurse AND the nurse supervisor. I've called the Dr's pager -- and still 40 hours later NOTHING. I am finding out that MANY people go thru this. I was told by other oncologists- if they will nto share their prognosis notes nor the results of CT scan with me so I can get a 2nd opinion- then I must START FRESH with all these tests again and this may put my life at further risk- but it seems I am NOT IN A HIGH RISK demo in first place-- this Dr. wants to rush me in for some reasons he never explained to me very well- 50/50 benign or malignant tumors. But he does NOT want to rush or think it is urgent to give me CT scan results. I am pretty sure my lower /kidney flank pain is just from the barium in my body. I was the one that did not realize to drink DOUBLE or TRIPLE amount of water is normal-- like one gallon every 3 hours. Must FLUSH the iodine out in the first 24 hours if possible. I was afraid to drink too much because for past day I knew I would be in bad Los Angeles traffic- bed pan anyone? But now I am suffering-- slight headache too. I've never had a CT scan- and now I know NOT too-- I read too they have NON allergic stuff to take-- so just do this people-- SAY YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO PREVIOUS EXAM AND DEMAND NON ALLERGY Or just say CAN NOT DO CONTRAST WITH BARIUM-- too high a risk of long term probs -- so just drink LOTS of water is an alternative prior to the test. I saw a bunch of other patients that just had to drink 8 glasses of water prior to CT! Sheesh-- like we don't have enough anxiety of why we are getting CT in first place-- now we needed to research the risks of barium!!! I have also read article of how it DOES collect and not properly voided from the kidneys without the help of constant consumption of water and urination! And as anyone would know-- just common/lay people-- a Type 1 diabetic has VERY vulnerable kidneys to begin with.... sheesh.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:00 AM by L Derek

    Just had a CT Scan for the first time. Used the Barium Sulphate fluid along with Contrast Injection. Went smooth, Slight warm feeling during injection but that was all. It seems most people reporting issues probably like to complain about everything anyways. Biggest thing is make sure you are going to a good facility. If they don't mention even warming sensation or tell you if you feel anything bad to tell them, i would recommend another place.

    posted @ Thursday, February 09, 2012 1:15 PM by My1stCTScan

    just had my 2nd ct scan done this morning.. i survived it without any major problems, thank god. i felt like my brain and neck was really wet, turns out that my iv was put in incorrectectly and some of the fluid ran down my arm and on to my pillow. thatnk god that everything came back ok. the thing that worries me is the cancer that it can cause down the line. butits worth it to have it done if the doctors suggest it because it could possibly save your life. you can also prefere to have an mri which is less dangerous.

    posted @ Friday, February 10, 2012 5:53 AM by charles

    I was diagnosed in 2006 with stage four colon cancer,since then I have had scans with oral and injection every 3 months. I am worried about the side effects of that much contrast.

    posted @ Friday, February 10, 2012 7:50 PM by Pat Williams

    I had a CT scan with iodine contrast dye 20 years ago with no side effects. Accordingly, I answered no problem when filling out the pre-scan questionnaire, and received contrast. 12 hours later itching started on my legs and the skin was red. Within 2 hours I was itching all over my body. Not knowing what might happen next I was forced to go to the emergency room in the middle of the night.

    posted @ Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:17 PM by David

    I had a CT scan with constrast on Wednesday. Saturday night my back was itching like crazy and now Sunday morning I am covered with red bumps that itch. After reading the above comments, I am sure this is a reaction. I hope they go away sooner than 2 years!

    posted @ Sunday, February 12, 2012 11:46 AM by Peter Rhoades


    posted @ Monday, February 13, 2012 10:37 AM by SHIRLEY REITER

    Im in the ER right now, just had this done a few hours ago in a CT scan for my lungs. My body feels like its on fire. My back is killing me and my stomach is acting weird and Im itchy on my back. Right after it was injected I felt my chest constrict at which time I felt like I was in an oven. Its awful. What is it? Also, during the test my heart was skipping beats and beating over 160 bpm. I was told by the tech that it could cause death. Wow. Im glad I didnt read all this first or I wouldnt have done it.

    posted @ Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:28 AM by chris

    had mri three weeks ago for my head and I am still nervous and having chest discomfort. went back to the Dr, and was told I am fine. They xrayed my chest ,drew blood and took urine,but said nothing was wrong, yet I still feel nervous and my chest is uncomfortable

    posted @ Friday, February 17, 2012 4:44 AM by Ann

    I had CT w/ dye yesterday after family doctor told me to go to ER to be evaluated for dizziness, cold sweat, shortness of breath. ER Dr did not act thrilled about my family DR telling me to be evaluated. Anyhow a d-dimer test came back positive which I guess could mean I have a blood clot somewhere. ER doctor said because it came back positive I needed a cat scan of my lungs to determine no clots there. Was not informed they were gone to be using any dye until they were already injecting in my arm. Was told it was gone to be some warm fuzzy feeling. Instead it felt like my insides were on fire. Following injection nurse came up with a consent form for me to sign to use dye. In addition she started asking me some medical history such as if I had any past kidney problems. Why yes I have had kidney problems something I told them to begin with as I had been off work prior to this for over a month for kidney stones and infection related to gout and I had blood work that showed I was in stage 2 of kidney failure. Well today I hear from my sister who is a nurse. She asked me if my kidneys were doing ok after them using dye. My answer to that is no. Both kidneys are hurting day after dye & I am having another gout flare up.Apparently dye SHOULD NOT be used on someone with kidney failure and it can also cause gout flare up. One common side effect I have read is headache...I started having one right after injection. Couple of side effects I have that I havent read is stabbing pains in different part of body and I still feel burning inside. ER DR. really didnt answer any of my question or offer a diagnoses he did prescribe Nexium. I was given a list of test ran one was a urinalysis something I did not get cause I believe that takes urine and they did not get anything from me. My guess is ER DR is trying to hide a mistake they made by giving me dye. Just curious as to if Nexium prescribed to someone with No stomach problems or reflux can be used to counter act the dye inject/hide it???

    posted @ Tuesday, February 28, 2012 8:38 PM by Katrina

    I had a brain perfusion CT scan with and without die right after the other (130 mGy).  
    I feel like it had fried my brain. I have pain that start when I think. I have pain otherwise too. It is more than 2 weeks from that scan, and I am not myself yet. My head hurt less now, compared to before, but it feels numb. I am so sorry that I did that CT scan. I was intelligent before, and I think it killed many of my brain cells. 
    According to at 130 mGy there are about 5 broken DNA strands in each cell, and the repair is not good and many cells die. It is so unfortunate that I can still understand my situation :( I rather be dead!

    posted @ Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:47 PM by em

    Hi. I have to go today and get my first ever CT with radiation done. Just the IV. Im allergic to corn and with every surgery but one the anesthia has sent me into shock so im worried. I havent eaten solid food in 3 yrs and have been on a baby food and ensure diet. They want to see what is goin on with my neck and my throat. I hope I make it thru this ok without side effects. I read the comments and im sorry to hear that a test like that could do that to a person. I hope u all are doing much better. I will keep you posted.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:29 AM by Christie

    i was hot, drove home and was freezing for five hours, drank gatoraide and lots of water, face i 
    has been on fire for five more hours??

    posted @ Wednesday, March 07, 2012 7:57 PM by My

    I had a CT scan yesterday and they pumped the dye into my arm. About an hour later I was in so much pain I felt like I was going to die. It hurt up my arm into my chest, shoulder and back. It even took my breath away. I thought/wondered if I was having a heart attack. I am still sore today and have a bit of naseau. Is this normal? The Doc said not to worry and seemed to not care.

    posted @ Thursday, March 08, 2012 12:45 PM by Dawn

    Had a CT scan with contract several days ago for unknown abdomen pain. During the procedure when the contract was administered, I experienced intense pain in my right arm. It felt like my arm was on fire, but only lasted a minute or so. What scared me most was at the same time my right arm locked up and my hand imediately cinched closed. I felt paratized and could not fell my fingers or open my hand. After about 30 seconds of panicking, it subsided. I'm not sure if the IV was close to a nearby nerve or what. Now I have a huge bruise on my arm about the size of a grapefruit.

    posted @ Monday, March 12, 2012 9:33 AM by Devin

    I had a CT with Contrast at John Hopkins,my are began to swell,i look like popeye,the nurse didn't put the contrast in my vein but in me body,i instantly got a headache and a tight throat,they gave me three ice packs to put on it for 24hours,the neck day they called to check on me,i explained that my arm was bigger and my fingers were numb,the then told me to apply heat,so after applying heat,the swelling still cintinued,then i went to Doctors Hospital they gave me a presciption for Naproxen,still explain the symptons hadn't gotten worse so went home went to my primary doctor he said we will keep a eye on it,then the next night couldn;t sleep,arm got worse,it then got red marks on it and swelled up more went back to dactors now they tell me it's infected,3 more presciptions iv pain medicine and now my lymp nodes are infected and so is my arm.....back to the doctor on tom.....does is anybody have a good lawyer i can contact....240-4615952

    posted @ Monday, March 12, 2012 12:35 PM by KAREN BUTLER

    I had a ct scan yesterday, and it was quite shocking. Im having some abdominal pain and the doctors where not able to determine. So the doc had me taking the scan. On the day of the scan, The tech was really nice and took the time to explain about the side effects of the IV. After the injection, I had a really strong taste of metal, my body felt very hot from my head to toes and i felt nauseous. it lasted about 20 seconds.  
    Everything look normal after the scan so the tech discharged me.  
    On my way to my car, I felt that something on my right eye was bugging. It was a weird sensation.  
    I got into to my car and look on the Mirrow, and I noticed the my right eye was swell up. A big blister was formed around the bottom of my eye white area. ( imagine having a blister on one half of your eye). 
    So I went back to the clinic immediately. I told the tech what happened, so she had me talking with the radiologist. 
    Tha radiologist examine my eye and said that was probably nothing to do with the IV, but he was not an eye doctor, so they sent me to urgent care.  
    The doctor at urgent care examine my eye but was not sure if i had a reaction to the IV, or it was an eye infection that happened coincidentally. He said that if it was a effect from the iv, i could of happen on both eyes since the contrast runs around my entire body. The eye did not itch.  
    The doc prescribe me some eye drops, an antihistaminic and antibiotics to treated.  
    After 12 hours, my affected eye went back to normal, but it is just a bit red. I have to see an eye doctor today for a follow up

    posted @ Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:45 AM by Josh

    I just had my second CT scan today. Drank the barium drink and had IV dye. I'm 27 years old and relatively fit. I had no side effects, no nausea, no headache or anything. The regular feelings occurred, warm fuzzy feeling after IV (for seconds), but no metallic taste like last time. I went to work as soon as I was done. Everyone seems to have different effects.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:27 PM by Becky

    i had a CT angiogram w/dye 2 days ago, & while i hv Type 1 diabetes (30+yrs, CFS/ME and a mult. of other medical problems, i was not warned of any AFTER effects, just things i might exper. DURING the CT, which was being done because i had had a severe adverse reaction to ANOTHER drug (fentanyl). i was given no followup instructions or warnings. 24 hrs later the back of my neck started BURNing, and when checked it looked like i had a large dk strawberry birthmark on my nape, nearly a perfect circle, with some blisters. very sim. to a burn. so far using only ice and aloe (dir. from a plant), and it has eased it somewhat. but given my weakened state and constellation of med. conditions, wish i'd been warned. the tape on my IV started to burn rt after the proc. and tech just took it off, didn't even give me the alcohol i'd req'd to wipe it down, just asked if i was "allergic" to tape.

    posted @ Sunday, March 18, 2012 2:59 PM by kelly lancette

    just had ct scan done today, had the contrast injection,found it hard to breath because wasnt expecting the heat flush experienced ,should have been told about the side affects.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:24 AM by nas

    Hi All, 
    I had a CT chest scan last week. I must say it was a great experience. The IV dye gave me a warm feeling inside, but it was not a problem AT ALL for me.  
    It's wonderful to see medical technology being used as a diagnostic/surgical tool in support of medical care.

    posted @ Friday, April 06, 2012 11:58 AM by HappyCamper

    i had an ivp with contrast dye yesterday. i didn't have an immediate reaction, except feeling like i was peeing which is standard. the rest of the day i felt out of it and my body felt heavy, i drank lots of water and because i'm nervous and felt itchy i took a benadryl which seemed to sort out the itchines and thick headed feeling. i think some people may suffer delayed reaction. if it's minor take a benadryl, i even had the metallic taste later in the day but not during the test. make sure you go to a good facility, lots of water afterwards...feel pretty ok today so hopefully it's over.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:56 AM by sally

    I had problems catching a full breath and breathing in general, about a week after I had had surgery. I went to the ER and had a xray done on my chest to rule out pneumonia, then a CT with contract done to rule out a blood clot. I was made aware that for several minutes I would feel the warm sensation, which did happen. it wore off within a few minutes. The next morning I noticed my face, ears, neck, and chest felt very hot. I was sure I had a fever, but had no way of checking because I was at work. When I got home that evening, I checked, no fever. I took some ibuprofin, it was a bit hard to fall asleep, but otherwise slept well. The next morning I still felt like my chest and up was warm, and throughout the day it got worse. I also had some pressure in my eyes, also diarrhea yesterday and today. I felt a bit nauseus as well today, but not terribly. I came home agai today after work, my temp was 99.5, still not really a fever. But this hot/burning feeling in my face is going to make me crazy. I pray this is only temporary! I really wish they would have made me aware of the risks, at least I would have expected it. I had no idea what was going on until I found this site and read many similar stories!

    posted @ Friday, April 13, 2012 9:39 PM by HotFace

    My first CT scan was over 15 years ago. I did have a reaction to the dye- hives, redness, chills, racing heart. They kept me for an extra hour and pumped me full of Benadryl. So needing another CT scan I was worried about the dye. My doctor put me on a 3 day regimen of prednisone ( 2 doses 2 x a day) and Benadryl ( 4 doses a day). Had my scan yesterday. I did NOT have an allergic reaction to the dye. So that worked. But I did have a reaction to the dye when it filtered through to my heart. It made my BP rise ,heart pounding and skipping, couldn't catch my breath, saw 'stars'. They said 'this wasn't a typical reaction' and that I was probably panicking. So I was relieved to read about others on this blog who have had similar reactions to the dye. I knew I wasn't panicking and the shortness of breath and heart jumping out of my chest did not start until the dye made it's way to my heart. You can feel the dye work it's way through your body. I immediately asked for water and after about 10 minutes was settled enough to leave. Immediately asked to use the bathroom and urinated lots. They had me sit in the waiting room another 15 minutes just in case. Seem ok today even with some soreness and swelling which as soon as I took my prednisone and benadryl today subsided. So consider this route of premedicating if you know you have had a reaction in the past.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:10 AM by Diane

    I had contrast dye for a myelogram and CT.I followed instructions to lay flat for 24hrs,could get up to eat or go to bathroom.The day after 
    I developed a rash of red along with HUGE hives.I was also weak and dizzy.When I called CDI,they told me to go to the hospital 
    emergency.I felt too sick,and my 
    back(the reason for the test)couldn't handle sitting in a hospital emergency room for hours(which is the way it works)so I started taking allergy refief tablets.The next day the large hives were gone,still a little red,still dizzy and then I got diarrhea.Have had it all day.Took some imodium.I STILL feel awful,and will probably end up having to go see a doctor tomorrow 

    posted @ Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:00 PM by

    On March 29, I saw the doctor, she spend about twenty min talking to me. She then ordered a gastro endoscopy and a colonoscopy and a CT scan. She and the nurses asked me what allergies I have and have I had colonoscopy before, I answered that I had one colonoscopy and am allergic to iodine.  
    On Friday, April 6, my husband drove me to the Center to have the endoscopy done. Around one o’clock I awoke and the doctor spoke to both of us and said that I have esophageal inflammation. She said she also biopsied both my colon and my esophagus at the time she did the procedures. She did not tell me I did not need to do CT scan; I asked about the gastro empty test she had once mentioned, but she said that this test can wait for a while. On Sunday, I took the pills (three prednisone and Benadryl which the doctor prescribed for me as a pre-medication against my allergy and also the necessary barium drink. On Monday April 9, my husband took me to the radiology lab for the CT scan. We arrived at 11:00 am. They first did my lab work and made me wait for an extra hour because they needed to get the lab results before they could do the CT scan. After the CT scan was done the technicians told me that I can leave so my husband took me home. On Tuesday morning, I went to work but I noticed my face was unusually red. I did not know this is was a kind of hives so I stayed at work all day. On Wednesday morning I started worrying about the rash on my face and my neck so I called my husband. Then my husband called me back and said that the nurse would call me to tell me what to do. Around 12:30 pm the nurse called me back and told me to go to emergency room. Because I could not see my back, I asked the ER nurse to check my back and realized that the hives are all over my body and severe. I stayed at the hospital and had two pills of prednisone and was observed for 4 hours. The emergency doctor prescribed more prednisone and Benadryl. I continued with these two medicines. On Friday morning after sending my husband back to work, I was about to get ready for work but I felt very headachy on the right side of my head so I looked at mirror and saw that my right eye were bloodshot. I called my husband come back home and I stopped the medicines. But I was very itchy and still had a rash. Until Monday the rash and hives were still on my belly and my back.  
    Now it has been 14 days since the CT scan, and the hives are 95% gone but my sinuses are dripping and I have a runny nose and cough and my throat is rough and itchy. I may have caught a cold. I am worried that this radiation exposure killed many of my good cells so that my immune system has gotten weak. Has anyone out there have the same problem after your CT scan. Especially if you have done an abdominal CT scan. Please respond.  

    posted @ Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:15 AM by Sandy

    I had a pelvic/ abdominal ct with contrst dye yesterday and I have been sick feeling ever since. My chest has been hot feeling for two days now and I have also had diahhrea all day today. Last night my eyes hurt and burnt and My doctor recommended benadryl but I was out of it. I have recenlty had a bronchial asthmatic/pneumonia problem and already on prednisone so I remain on it til this thursday. I just think everything combined is what triggered my reaction to the dye. I don't think I'll be able to have this dye again.It had caused nausea for two days too.I ache all over and am weak. I hate that stuff and hope I don't have to have it again. 

    posted @ Sunday, April 22, 2012 3:57 PM by marge

    I had a ct scan with contrast a few days ago. And as the first and only other time I have had one the injection sight felt as though someone had lit a lighter and put it up to my arm. After the test, I immediately stopped for food because I felt like I was starving. Once I got home, I slept for several hours. My appetite has been overwhelming since then, and no matter what I eat...I can't seem to get full. The first time I had this test done in 2006 was to test for uterine fibroids. The test not only revealed the fibroids, but a cyst on my right ovary. Within three days I was lying on the floor of my van with my unlicensed little brother driving me to the emergency room. Doctors said the cyst was affected by the contrast dye and became inflammed and required emergency surgery. Now this time I am having that old familiar pain again, but in both ovaries, my uterus, and my left kidney...severe cramping. I was given a blood test three days before the scan to check kidney function, and I will have to be tested again in a couple of days. Because on occassion the dyes are known to cause lowered kidney function...hence the kidney pain I'm suffering. I recommend drinking a lot of juice and water...helps my pain to subside. And I recommend buying an Acai Berry body clense flush to clean out your system after these tests. We all have to be mindful that we are having dyes and radiation pumped into our bodies that don't belong you have to flush them out. Most doctors don't stress the importance of flushing out your system after these tests. I know the ct scans with contrast allow doctors to see things that can't be seen by doing a simple sonogram, but I pray this is the last time I will need one. Good luck everyone.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:23 AM by K'. Kendra Anderson

    I had an MRI recently first without and then with the dye contrast shot. Almost immediately after the shot, I felt like my throat was closing up, I developed severe nausea, and felt like my head was going to explode. I had done fine for the non-dye part of the MRI, but they told me I was having a panic attack and that it was very unusual for anyone to have a reaction to the dye. I was NOT having a panic attack and resent very much having it in my records that I suffered a probably panic attack. I told my sister about it and she said she had the same reaction, but the technician had WARNED HER IN ADVANCE that she might become nauseated. I hope I never have to have another one. 

    posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:27 PM by Donna Overall

    I had an MRI scan today and about 5 seconds after she finished administrating the dye I threw up and heaved for around five mins. Also gave me bad headache and 8 hours later I still have a lot of nausea and have generally felt tired and blurgh all day. Nurse was lovely and said these reactions are v rare.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 5:15 PM by Clare

    My last CT scan, and it will be my last, I don't even remember much after they injected the dye. I woke up in the ER surrounded by doctors freaking out. They got their pictures they needed and I'm cancer free still.....just glad I never have to experience that again.

    posted @ Friday, April 27, 2012 2:06 PM by Christine

    I had an MRI with dye today, 10 hours ago, I am weak sick, headache, buring up, area hurts really bad, right in the joint of my right arm, where I just had reconstructive surgery 5 mo nths ago, now the surgeon tells me, I have a toirn rotor cuff? Now side effects to this dye I feel very tired, and blah, I am weak at the muscles in my legs. this is not good. I will make sure I never have this again.

    posted @ Friday, April 27, 2012 8:22 PM by Dorthea Garcia

    I have had 12 MRIs with gadolinium based contrasting agents. I am very sick years later. If you have been sickened by the gadolinium based contrasting agents they used please consider joining a group on Yahoo called GASF-NSF. The information is invaluable and there is support and others that have been sickened.

    posted @ Saturday, April 28, 2012 11:04 AM by Sharon

    My son (5 YEARS OLD) having internal brain bleeding, after 4 days in ICU and 1 weeks (3 TIMES CT SCAN) in normal ward,thanks to Allah everything going fine, no major abnormality on him, so he get discharged but now not ever 2 weeks from discharged Doctor ask to do CT SCAN and MRI with contrast to find the 'root cause', but we are thinking to refuse this within this short time, because from the last CT Scan the bleeding still not 100% stop so we afraid about the toxic exposure and other side effects, appreciated for any opinion?

    posted @ Monday, April 30, 2012 1:03 AM by MKS

    I had my 2nd CT today of my neck area today , to see if 2 of my nodes have grown since last year.I was injected ,then felt flush and my heartbeat excellereted(I skipped my BP medicine Metaprolol). Of course I had the Ben-Gay feeling in all my insides, then it was over in minutes. i did feel drunk and dizzy but it soon passed. I got out of there ASAP my daughter drove me.And the reason i was in a hurry was because I got a severe stomach ache and it finally subsided about an hour later.I must of drank half a gallon of milk trying to get the stuff flushed out.Its only been 8 hours but I feel better .my lymph nodes swell up and down all the time so hope its just the slow lymphoma.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 01, 2012 6:08 PM by DEBBY

    I had an MRI yesterday, and unlike the feeling I've had from contrast dye in the past, this time I felt a bit of warmth and little else. Yes, I slept a lot afterward, but that had much more to do with the meds I took to relax me enough to take the test in the first place.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 02, 2012 1:31 PM by Cathie

    I had a CT brain scan 2 years ago where the contrast dye was administered through a vein. I was told it would feel warm and it did. I was fine all day and then at night I had that horrible warm feeling with hot flashes and black outs. Went to emergency where they told me it was just the effects of the dye. Need to go for another CT scan and am really nervous about the after effects of it again.

    posted @ Friday, May 04, 2012 1:34 PM by Helen

    My 19 year old son had a CT scan done today and they used the contrast dye which was injected. Within minutes his face swelled up, his skin went bright (tomato) red all over, the itch all over his body was unbearable, he was sactatching to the point of bleeding. The whites of his eyes were also bright red, his hearing went. It then became hard for him to breathe and swallow. Cold shivers and then hot flushes, this all happened within minutes. The doctors gave him an injection of cortisone and anti hystamine, and they were ready for him to go into "arrest" 
    The itchiness started to slowly subside after about 15 minutes, the swelling in his throat got better, but still now 8 hours later his skin is still reasonably red and his throat is still burning. The itchiness has now almost gone and he is not very well at all. 
    Just thought I'd share this as it was very unexpected as (other than getting bad headaches- this being why he was getting the CT scan done) he is a healthy and fit young man who as never had an allergic reaction to anything before.

    posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 7:26 AM by Belinda

    week after cat scan with iodine contrast I now have diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. my stools are the color of burnt orange and the odor is metallic. am taking cipro 500mg every 12 hrs. today is 4th day of cipro. also,had mammogram and bone density on same day. Could this be radiation poisoning? 

    posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:20 AM by marlene

    Had a ct brain scan this morning.. Had contrast dye also... As yet I'm feeling fine... Reading this site would induce nausea and panic attacks! Personally I have had no problems. I'll advise asking God to keep an eye on you. Always works for me ;0) good luck all.

    posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:41 AM by Roy

    I had a CT Scan with contrast dye injection a few days ago,when I got up after the scan I was very dissy, 10 minutes later my skin became very red,hot and itchy the nurse gave me some water and said it was quite normal for some people to have a mild reaction to the dye, after a further 5 minutes the redness had spread across my chest and up my neck the nurse took my blood pressure which was 210/109. She called the doctor who gave me a anti hystamine tablet and said that the redness would settle down in about 10 mins. The redness and swelling did not settle down infact it then spread down my arms,neck and face at which point several doctors came in asked if I had shortness of breath and could I swallow ok at which I couldn't they injected anti hystamine and steriods into me, my blood pressure went even higher and at this point they contacted the A&E resuscitation department as they thought I was going into "arrest". I was quickly wired up to a heart monitor and seen by the doctor who tried to assure me it was common for people to have a mild reaction, which at this point I did not feel very assured as I felt my head and my heart were about to explode. After several hours in resus in A&E the redness did start to subside, but even though my blood pressure was still high they discharged me with some Prednisolone tablets for itching and Chlorphenamine for any swelling that may later occur. I am still today left with a severe headache and pressure at the back of my head.The CT Scan was requested as a result of ongoing chest infections and xrays that showed pleural effusion. I am awaiting the results. I will update as soon as I know, I can only hope the whole experience of this procedure was worth the painful experience. I was told that only 1 in a Thousand have a reaction to this dye but it would appear to me that from looking at this blog the results would definetly seem to be much higher. Further research into how this dye causes a severe reaction to people certainly needs looking into. I for one thought that I was going to be the one statistic that was going to die from being injected with this dye.

    posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 6:43 AM by Ann

    I had an MRI on my brain done Tues May 15th the contrast dye was injected toward the end of the procedure. When the procedure was complete I got up and was hot, dizzy, felt heavy,some what confused, shakey and like my mind was wound tight. The hot, dizzy and heavy feeling went away after approximately 3 hours but the wound tight feeling is still with me. I still feel shakey and some what confused.

    posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:48 PM by harold stuart

    My hair fall out over a year period. The hair is so thin it is very upseting and there is nothing I can do about it. I have tried everyting to make it grow. I really didn't need the test my doctor just didn't ask me the right questions. It has been six years go figure. I think the dye damage the roots.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:19 PM by

    I had a CT scan two years ago, and I continue to suffer from the effects. I ended up in the ER five day later from the effects of dehidration, and for the next seven months of not being able to lay flat in my bed, headaches, neck and ear pain, which is better but still effect my daily life.  
    Because of my experience from the CT scan I will not have another even though the doctors are requesting another scan to follow the growth of a kidney tumor. The fact is I rather use ultrasound and blood tests to follow my kidney tumor than to go thought that experience ever again. Living with the idea that death could be near at my age far easier to live with.  
    I'd like to hear from others who are still having long term effects from CT scans and MRIs.

    posted @ Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:11 AM by D.C. Fox

    I have previosly posted @ Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:47 PM.  
    I still suffer from that ct scan, that was performed more than three months ago. I have uncomfortable feelings in my head, and my thinking quality deteriorated. I think that the radiation damaged my brain cells DNA.

    posted @ Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:25 AM by Em

    I had a CT scan (first one ever) this afternoon. After one mouthful of the oral contrasts medium I felt very faint, almost passed out, recoverd quickly and then had a strange reaction at the back of my throat and nose - felt as if my airways were closing, even though theu weren't. Persisted in finding it difficult to swallow (rather like when your throat is anesthetised with a spray) for about an hour. No further contrast administered, and scan proceeded successfully without it.

    posted @ Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:30 PM by Pam Lunn

    After having a severe reaction to ct contrast dye 10 years ago I was told I should never have contrast dye again. One month ago I needed an MRI and was assured MRI dye was different than ct dye...incidentally both scans at same hospital, a major comprehensive cancer center....well, guess what, I reacted with severe they needed to do another ct....I was given an oral contrast dye that contained iodine...even though I told my doctor and nurse there were several people in my family with iodine allergies and reminded them of my previous experiences they again assured me I would not react to this oral contrast...and even gave me 25 benedryl as a precaution. Well, tonight I'm up itching from another reaction...why I wasn't given the oral contrast with barium instead of iodine I'll never know...thanks docs!

    posted @ Friday, June 01, 2012 8:37 PM by Janet

    i had a CT scan last month. I got a big headache afterwards that lasted continually for 5 days. Then i thought i was hearing voices, but it turned out that i was hearing peoples thoughts, now i can read peoples minds. Cool huh, bad thing is that i have a tumor in my brain. doctors think i have only a short time to live and i could die at any moment. They didnt tell me that but i read it in their minds

    posted @ Monday, June 04, 2012 4:38 PM by Charlie

    Janet: If I were you I'd start looking for a good attorney who deals in medical malpractice cases.

    posted @ Monday, June 04, 2012 5:43 PM by Don Fox

    I had a ct scan without the dye, then an MRI with the dye. It was utterly painless, when I got done I asked the doctor administering the test if I would be able to play the piano. She told me I would definitely be able to, which I thought was weird. The reason it was weird, I had never even played piano, but thank goodness, now I can. I owe it all to that MRI with the dye

    posted @ Tuesday, June 05, 2012 2:32 PM by Joe Frus

    Had an MRI and a MRA done last night. I had the dye injected and became violently sick from it.They had to stop the test,and I heaved my guts out.In 1987 I had a CT scan with dye and it made me feel really sick for just a few seconds.

    posted @ Thursday, June 07, 2012 4:37 AM by Gary Marcum

    I had sevral MRI scans done and never felt any side affects! I have to say that all of them was without the dye! So on Tuesday I had another one done, this time on my hip, and they injected dye... So during the injection I was fine it just felt very heavy and uncomfortable! But after that feeling worked out a new one occured, in my life I never had such severe pain in my hip, I have scedual 5 pain killers I took 4 at a time and it did nothing!!....

    posted @ Thursday, June 07, 2012 5:56 AM by Alicia Bruwer

    I had a CT scan and a severe reaction to the contrast dye. I got shaky, hives, my heart raced very high. I was sick on and off for months after the CT scan. I would become extremely tired and fall asleep at all hours. I don't advise anyone to get a CT scan ever. On top of the dye risks you receive 4.6 years (abdomen) or 21 years (head scan) of background radiation in one sitting.

    posted @ Thursday, June 07, 2012 2:06 PM by Tony

    I had a ct scan done today. I had to fast for 24 hours drinking orange flavoured drinks which gave me severe poo pains and mad wit turn to liquid! my scan was on my bowels. Had a muscle relaxant injection and also the dye injection. Was horrible! Also had air pumped up my rectum. Very uncomfortable. Now I am in pain, stomach cramps, headache and nauseas.

    posted @ Thursday, June 07, 2012 2:53 PM by Laura uk

    i had a cat scan for lungs and did have the iv dye. i had no reaction and felt only a slight warming at the injection site on my forhand. i was not informed of anything.had mine done at va hospital in seattle. also did not sign anypapers for the prcedure.its all good.

    posted @ Friday, June 08, 2012 5:06 PM by darrell

    I had a brain MRI done w/contrast on May 17th. I became very weak and shakier afterwards. I was weak & dizzy the entire day, yet I went on with normal routine. By the next morning, I could barely move from my bed. I was nauseous, dizzy, in pain. I was vomiting & having diarrhea. My Legs from the knees down, were hard to move and very painful. I tried to get relief by laying in the shower but it was just a little relief. Almost 2 weeks before I felt better. I still believe the MRI contrast injection was not given properly. I wasn't prepped with an IV. I had the MRI done without contrast and then I was pulled out and told to stretch my arm out. My head was in a holder, so I couldn't turn it. It was like she gave me a shot and then put a gauze on it, told me to bend my arm to hold the gauze. Does this sound strange? Has anyone experienced this?

    posted @ Saturday, June 09, 2012 9:57 AM by Jen

    I had my first ct abdominal scan yesterday with iodine contrast via IV cannula in my arm. It was a breeze - all over in minutes. Hadn't needed to fast or anything. All was carefully explained including possible sensations. These included: momentary slight metallic taste then a very gentle warming surge as the dye was inserted. It wasn't unpleasant at all - absolutely fascinating being able to feel the progress of my own circulation in seconds as the dye gently warmed it within: tongue, throat, chest, pelvis, bladder (bit like needing to wee for a moment)then limbs, toes, fingers - subsiding just as quickly. The scan itself only took a minute or two - lying on a table that moved gently backwards and forwards through a spacious doughnut-shaped ring. I remember gazing up at a little smiley face icon that illuminated with verbal instructions: "breathe in - hold" - then at "breathe out" - the face opened its mouth. I'd worn a loose dress with just a camisole, panties & tights beneath, (no metal bits anywhere)so there was no need even to change into the hospital gown. Was asked to wait 10 mins afterwards and then was then free to go. Felt slightly lightheaded so waited 10 more mins - then drove myself away, had lunch and did some light shopping. Was quite tired so it's probably kind not to expect yourself to go back to work on same day. There are lots of scary stories on here so I just wanted to balance them with a good experience! Honestly I'm a wuss and it was absolutely fine. Would do it again no problem.

    posted @ Saturday, June 09, 2012 6:20 PM by Angela

    I had a CT of the abdomen, pelvis and chest yesterday, with IV contrast. The warm feeling was brief and a little weird. The funny taste in my mouth persists today, I read it would last only moments. No other problems. 

    posted @ Thursday, June 14, 2012 9:42 AM by Oculos

    Had a chest CT Scan with contrast today. Horrible experience. First the tech exploded my vein on his first try, then went through the vein on his second try on the other arm. A new tech can in an got the IV in no problem. The scan itself was easy. When they added the dye it felt like I pooed my pants and I had the smell of citrus for a few seconds. After which they scan me again. Then the tech ask if I was ok and I said sure but she noticed I was getting a rash on my arms. So the administered benadryl and made me stay until it cleared up. Now I am at work and feel real fatigued. Should of called in.

    posted @ Friday, June 15, 2012 4:05 PM by Bill

    I read on the internet for about half an hour before going in, so I knew the risks (I always research before any procedure or new drug). Experience was not too bad, just like the technician said it would be. However, 5 days later, I am still tired and lethargic, sleeping more than usual and having difficulty focusing. I already had these symptoms before, but they are more pronounced since the scan. I am not sure why. Maybe all the iodine was too much for the kidneys? I noticed several others mentioned extended fatigue. Any comments? I hear the new generation of ct scanners coming out have a very low radiation exposure. (good news) I haven't heard the results of the scan yet. Perhaps I will still be glad I had it.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:06 PM by Tom

    Dear Friends,  
    please read this important infornmation before doing any CT scan or MEI.  
    I reserched this after my mother did 2 CT scans and 1 MRI and going to do a secondone with iodine dye all these were done in less than a year. 
    Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System performed the study, which is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. 
    under the title 
    "Before a CT scan or angiogram, many people should take inexpensive drug to protect kidneys, U-M study finds 
    Iodine contrast agents that enhance the scans can harm vulnerable kidneys, but N-acetylcysteine taken beforehand can protect at-risk patients" 
    You can read the rest of the article at  

    posted @ Sunday, July 01, 2012 7:59 PM by Kadija Hamdan

    I had my scan with iodine contrast of my kidneys, pelvic area but that evening (Thursday) I experience an unusual headache like hammering needles in the left side of my head and behind my left ear. I is Saturday and is getting better, but to the touch I still have the pain (felt like sticking needles) left center of my head

    posted @ Saturday, July 07, 2012 10:30 PM by Lelia Sardinas

    I had the CT scan yesterday with the dye. I felt warm all over my body, my mouth had a metallic taste and I felt like i peed on myself. Today I feel fine but a little strange. Also my appetite isn't great at the moment.

    posted @ Saturday, July 14, 2012 9:42 PM by Ekanem

    I had cardiac ct two days ago. The test itself was not bad at all. The problems started next morning. I have red and itcing skin on my back,neck and chest. I went to the ER. They said that is allergic reaction to the contrast medication. I started taking prednisone and benadril. I hope I will feel better soon. But now I know the very important thing, I have to dicuss everything before any kind of procedure.

    posted @ Friday, July 20, 2012 5:01 PM by sima

    I drank Barium, Had a shot for the bone scan and IV Contrast for the CAT. Felt dizzy and nausea when I got home. Slept til getting up for work this morning.After 24 hrs. still feel aweful. Have chemo this week.Hopeall this stuff gets out of my system. They don't say anything about side effects, only told me to drink a lot of water to flush this out. Good luck to all.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:46 AM by Carolyn

    I had a CT scan yesterday of my abdominal area. I had to drink two bottles of something before hand which I do not know the name. I also had an IVP dye injected intravenously. One hour after the injection I started having right kidney pain which subsided after drinking plenty of water, (I had my creatine checked before the procedure and it was normal). Then later on in the day I was water logged all over. I did drink a lot to flush everything out, but I was extremely blotted with fluid. The next morning when I woke up my head felt spaced out and my eyes could not focus properly.I have had this procedure done before without any side-effects. I am wondering if something has changed in my body or this may have been a new chemical that caused these symptoms. Please advice. I am anxious.

    posted @ Friday, August 03, 2012 8:47 AM by Louisa Stansel

    I just had my catscan with iv dye, before I went I read the reveiws on this site the day before,which made me quite nervous. My tech explained everything to me, drank some liquid behand and received my IV which the nurse did a great job slight pinch. The Tech to took me in for the scan place the dye in, which only felt a slight warmth thru my body and a little feeling of peeing , but you don't, a little taste in my mouth not much, the feeling over in a few seconds. Did the scan I was in there 6-8 minutes tops. The Tech removed the IV and I was free to go. This happen around 2hrs ago.,I was just slightly light headed, remeember no eating or drinking except water which you should have plently of before and after to flush the dye out of your system. I went to McDonalds after and had breakfast. I am fine, just slightly tired in my eyes.....Don't let these reveiws scare you. Everything in life is a risk, and this is for your health.

    posted @ Friday, August 03, 2012 11:09 AM by monica

    i had a ct scan yesturday ....with contrast.... 
    the nusres were lovely and very conciderate....they explained everything.... 

    posted @ Friday, August 03, 2012 5:25 PM by weddinghairspecialist

    I had a CT scan the other day. My body had a reaction the next day. I was bloated and passing nothing. The doc but me on constipation pills which solved it.

    posted @ Saturday, August 04, 2012 4:39 AM by Ian

    I had a CT scan with dye 2 weeks ago to check my neck from an old accident. The IV left a horrible bruise on my arm which is still visible. For the last 3 days I have been dizzy on and off and having hot flashes.Not sure if it could be related. Such a weird feeling.

    posted @ Saturday, August 04, 2012 8:35 AM by Kim

    I had an MRI and they used a dye. The dye somehow wound up in my vision. Due to severe short-term memory loss, when I came out of the scan, the dye was in my vision. When I looked at the doctors and people in the room, they had purple heads due to the dye. I tried to crawl out of the bed backwards it scared me so badly.

    posted @ Sunday, August 05, 2012 10:21 PM by sharon

    I had a friend who got a cat scan with dye a few weeks ago. He said to the nurse after the dye was injected, he didn,t feel well,by the time the nurse got to him he was dead. No autopsy was given.

    posted @ Friday, August 10, 2012 6:28 PM by Bonnie

    Alright, my overall experience was fine. Uncomfortable, yes. But necessary? Yes.  
    I'm having my gallbladder removed, and due to some of my overall symptoms, my surgeon wants to be certain there are no masses around my pancreas and liver area, as I am considered 'at risk'. 
    The IV contrast wasn't so bad, beyond the genital flush/urinating sensation. It was the drinkable dye that's got me not feeling very good at all. 
    My body has always had a bit of a mind of its own - if anything at all that might make me sick is ingested, I tend to vomit within minutes - I can suppress this action if it's absolutely necessary. Usually I don't though, and that prevents me from getting 'fully sick' if that makes sense. Unfortunately suppressing my body's urge to be rid of the liquid contrast has made me sicker than usual. I've been nauseous for two days and have an unpleasant headache. HOWEVER it is manageable.  
    Look, if your doctor is recommending you get the procedure, there is a reason for it. Don't expect it to be all sunshine and roses, it is uncomfortable for many, but if you have a decent doctor they wouldn't be sending you in for the CT Scan just for giggles. Make sure you understand why they are sending you in for the CT Scan.  
    A CT Scan saved my exfiance's life, it identified where a small aneurysm was after he was hit by a car while riding his bike. If they hadn't found it, as it was rapidly growing into a full leak, it would have killed him. When blood hits the grey matter of the brain, it causes seizures and if untreated and unidentified, can lead to death or severe brain damage.  
    So, keep that in mind if you're being sent for a CT Scan. Educate yourself, actually understand what is going to happen, or may happen, and why the procedure is being done. Ignorance is only a weapon that hurts you and your loved ones.  
    So, while I'm queasy and have a headache, I'm dealing with it, as there are times to simply suck it up and deal with discomfort. You think having a bit of a headache and some rashing is bad? Well just think how much more it would suck if you became brain dead, or had a massive stroke, or heart attack, an unidentified tumor, or, if undergoing surgery, they didn't know you had a blockage nearby that would cause massive complications.  
    I will add that if you are prone to headaches etc, make sure you don't have to drive far after the scan. I had to drive three hours to get home after my CT Scan, and to say that it was...unpleasant...would be an understatement. (The reason for the drive in my case is that I live in Germany and the Army duty station I'm at doesn't have a full hospital, so to go to the nearest facility was in Rammstein, while I'm next to Nuremberg.)

    posted @ Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:04 AM by Rhion

    I had a CT scan on 18th Aug/12 at 7pm. Felt pin when the dye went in, all the heat inside and also like I was going to wet myself with very warm pee! Absolutely buggered the next day and have had severe trots since and today, I have had violent vomiting that felt like my stomach has been ripped out and lasted over a couple of hours. I was told bout the heat but nothing else. Also, my needle was very badly fitted and removed and my hand is black and swollen. If I were a claim solicitor I;d be sniffing around this site!

    posted @ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:04 PM by pam thornton

    well informative but there is one thing missing:- 
    if iv injection goes into the tissues or subcutaneous,how much it will harm.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 7:58 AM by safia

    I had a CT scan done over a month ago for my hip. They injected the dye right into my hip joint. When the CT was over I started to notice a sharp pain in the groin area where the Radiologist did the injection. I have seen the Surgeon who wanted the test done & he had no answers other than a possible hernia. I went to a general surgeon for it & he found nothing. Went to the OBGYN like my Orthopedic surgeon wanted & again nothing. Anyone else had this done? This has been the only problem I have ever had doing this.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 7:25 PM by kay

    I am allergic to CT scan dye by injection. No doubt about it. A few years ago, almost immediately after beginning the dye injection, my body seized, I vomited, and that's pretty much all I remember. The dye was immediately stopped and I was given some kind of medication to stop a reaction that did not get to the point of closing my throat, though the staff was concerned that it would have closed had they not acted promptly. I was able to drive myself home about an hour later, and I really had no residual effects on that occasion. 
    Since then, I've had many more imaging tests with many kinds of contrast mediums, though I will not allow the kind of dye used with CT scan injections (the kind you swallow doesn't seem to be an issue). This is a problem because insurance companies often want the CT scan before other tests, but most of the time my CT scans result in images that are difficult to read--so I need to have an MRI or other test that uses a different medium than the injectible CT dye.  
    Next week, I need to have another procedure that WILL use the same kind of dye, and I will be prepped with meds before, and this will be injected into the kidney and not be administered through the "collective system," so we're thinking there should be no reaction. However, if there is, the medical staff is there to assist--and they will intubate me beforehand (under anesthesia) so that if there should be a reaction, the tube will prevent the breathing difficulties that accompany a closing of the throat. 
    My advice is to listen to your medical practitioner, and listen to your body. Most of the time, your practitione is the expert that can give you the best guidance, providing only those tests that are probably necessary. 
    Take care!

    posted @ Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:01 PM by Vicky

    I had a CT scan with contrast dye 2 weeks ago, and a couple of days later I started getting headaches. I've never been one to have headaches, but I have had occasional sinus problems, so I just assumed it was due to my clogged sinuses. As I was lying in bed last night with a headache, I began to wonder if it might be related to the contrast dye, so I decided to do some research and ran across this site. I'm so glad I did, because now I know without a doubt what has caused my headaches. I have also felt chilled at times and felt as though I was running a temperature. My headaches are finally beginning to subside somewhat, so hopefully I'm on the road to recovery. I was never told about any side effects...just asked if I was allergic to shellfish. I will never have this done again unless it is an emergency situation.

    posted @ Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:21 PM by Sandra Golden

    I was in hospital yesterday to have a heart stress test. They did the base line ok & then injected the dye. Within seconds I had a swollen tongue, tight chest, tight throat & my hands & feet went cold but I was sweating. 
    I was immediately given antihistamine & adrenalin through my canula in my arm. I was covered in a rash. 
    I'd had anaphylactic shock before to the Depo Provera injection & I had discussed all my allergies with the Dr 4 times before being given the contrast dye. I was very surprised they still did it to be honest !! I'm a UK lady.

    posted @ Tuesday, September 04, 2012 10:56 AM by Sally Mitchell

    Really interesting blog, I just had a CT scan with the dye. It did not start well, I fainted when they put the canular in (needles don't scare me but I sometimes react). The dye cave me hot feeling all over my body. It was not a nasty feeling, though it felt like I was going to fart fire. After I felt really sick and have a bad headache. They put me on a saline drip and I eventually went home a couple of hours later. Now I have a kind of hang over headache and feel dizzy. Its nice to know this may just be normal.

    posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 11:24 AM by nigel

    I had a ct scan of my abdomen a few weeks age. The iodine injection caused only one allergic reaction. My eyes felt swollen shut, bloodshot and burned like hot needles being shoved in. When the tech noticed i was squinting she asked why and was surprised at my explanation. They flushed me and the burning faded to sever itching and then quickly back to normal. They treated me with a shot of antihistamine.

    posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 11:04 PM by Pat

    my wife had a recent Cervical Myelogram and had a severe reaction to the dye,a seizure, we were not told of the side effects and we should have be sure to get the facts before you are injected.good luck.

    posted @ Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:00 PM by philip

    2nd time using the contrast dye. The first time I took it, I didn't recoginze anything. Approx. a week later, I had the most severe itching that I ever had. I wasn't really sure what was causing the itching. It was SEVERE itching. 
    Well, I just had another CT Scan. I'm having the same type of itching but it's not as severe as it was "yet". Now I'm pretty sure it's being caused by the dye.

    posted @ Saturday, September 15, 2012 6:53 PM by Doctors Prescribe Too Much Radiation

    Had a cat scan with contrast dye this morning. Good thing the Tech was able to get a couple films because I had a bad reaction to the dye and vomited all over the place. They didn't tell me anything like that could happen. She said she hadn't had anyone throw up in weeks.

    posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:57 AM by Michele

    Had a CT Scan yesterday with the contrast dye. Felt fine until 5 hours afterwards when I started having severe pain in my lower right back just about where my kidneys would be located. The pain is worse when I sit down.

    posted @ Friday, September 21, 2012 4:31 PM by Naccarato

    My ear, nose and throat doctor had a test done in his office and told me that I needed to get an MRI with gadolinium to rule out an acoustic neuroma. I went on July 10, 2012. I remained calm during the test and it went smoothly. That evenin ,however, I woke up with a severe burning sensation in my left leg above the knee. My leg felt like it was on fire. It felt like a blood clot. Over two months have passed and the pain in that leg has not gone away. I was told by the technician MDs at the lab that any side effects would be mild. The side effects that I felt was severe and have not yet subsided.

    posted @ Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:44 AM by George Casen

    Had a cardiac MRI today with contrast dye. So far there's only a small bruise. I'm very tired but that might be for other reasons. We'll see.

    posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 11:11 PM by Rachael

    I started feeling really hot and had the shakes and then vomited on the floor . no ct dye for this gal

    posted @ Tuesday, September 25, 2012 3:53 PM by razzle51

    On the way home driving after having MRI with dye I went cross eyed on a dangerous road with nowhere to pull over.terrifying.also had a shocking bruise on my arm and no appetite for 8 weeks.never again

    posted @ Wednesday, September 26, 2012 6:13 AM by Janine


    posted @ Monday, October 01, 2012 1:00 PM by CONCERNED

    I just got home from the hospital. I had a CT scan with contrast and it went bad immediately. Severe headache, hives, I threw up, I was dizzy and my throat began to quickly close up. Thank God they had a doctor there. They had to administer meds in my IV and call 911.. Closest I have ever been to death. The doctor said that if they hadn't done what they did my throat would have slammed shut and I would have been in trouble. As it was my face and neck swelled so bad I didn't even look like myself. Total mess.

    posted @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 1:58 PM by Steve

    My mother did the CT Scan for the lungs yesterday and she is 69 years old. everything went well but when she arrived home from the hospital she went to the bathroom to ease herself to her surprise she felt icthy when she pee, the itching is still there even the next day. Am not sure if this is not the after effect of the CT Scan

    posted @ Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:56 AM by violet

    I had a MRI scan - drank the fluid and have not felt the same since. I have crohnes disease and they were doing a scan of my small bowel and pelvis. I have been feeling nauseas, sore tummy, headaches, fatigue and sweating during the night and the toilet issues have not gone away and it's now Saturday and the MRI happened on Tuesday. I have had a MRI scan before and this didn't happen. I don't think this is normal!?

    posted @ Saturday, November 03, 2012 4:18 AM by Lindsey

    today 11/06/12, went for my quartely c/t scan drunk the chalk nite b4 as as always.right as she injected the contrast i laid my arms over my head to inter scan the MOST intense BURNING armcramp PAIN! PAIN!!! could not get my arm down as i was rolling backout of c/t i was looking at my arm it was BLOOD RED from 4" above my wrist to 4" above the needle,I said she missed the vein she said no BUT i never tasted the taste as you all know if u had this done or a port. WHAT ever I do NOT want that PAIN!! again..PORT-FREE NOW PRAISE THE LORD TO KNOW HIS HEALING

    posted @ Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:26 PM by Franklin

    I had a CT Angiogram with contrast on October 19, 2012. Felt dizzy after injection. I was told there were no side effects. During the test I was told of the burning sensation and the feeling of needing to urinate. After the test I went home and my arm was painfully sore for the next 3 days. When the pain subsided I noticed that my arm (injection arm) was numb from injection site in mid elbow down to my hand and fingers with my palm, thumb and index finger feeling extremely tight. It has been 2 weeks since the procedure and the numbness has only improved slightly. I also have pulling and itching in my neck on the left side where injevction took place. My doctor said maybe the nurse hit a nerve but could not explain the neck itching and tightness. I saw a neurologist for my hand and told it could take months for numbness to go away. Still waiting on CT Test results. The nurse at the hospital where the test was done was not helpful as to resolving or treating the after effects. Not sure the risks of this test were worth the side effects.

    posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 11:59 AM by Melissa

    My sister got admitted in hospital for the cause of typhoid on 27.01.2010. on 29.01.2010, she took CT scan brain with contrast. After scan she developed 4 symptoms - 1. Not liking sound, 2.Not liking lights, 3. Neck Stiffness & 4.Irrelevant talks.It was due to radiation reaction of contrast and it lasted for 4 days.  
    On 02.02.2010 she was send for MRI brain with contrast but doctors found out that due to the reaction and certain effects which she was experiencing, they did not conducted the MRI brain with contrast. Rather they just took photographs of the brain without contrast. Had that contrast been conducted on her, she might have lost her eye sight, hearing, voice, because she was not in that condition to bear those test as she was heaving a severe pain and feeling dizzy.  
    Just a question, is it right to conduct MRI and scans with contrast on a patient suffering from typhoid?

    posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 12:29 AM by Ritesh Chheda

    My husband had a ct scan this morning with the iodinated contrast media injection. He complained of a headache and a metallic taste in his mouth afterwards. Five hours have passed and he called me to tell me he is shaking, seeing spots, is lightheaded, and the metal taste is back. Could this be due to the dye used during the CT scan? Should I bring him to the ER?

    posted @ Friday, November 23, 2012 4:37 PM by Krissy K.

    I had a CT with dye contrast 11/20/12 in my right shoulder.  
    After the procedure, I couldn't move or use my right arm for three days!! They should've advised me to have someone come with me to the procedure to drive me home, but they didn't and they didn't ask me if I had someone when I got there. Was glad I had decided to drive our automatic transmission car to the appt, 'cuz if I'd have driven our standard I'd have definitely had to call someone to come get me!  
    After two days, pain started radiating up and down my arm as well as my neck.  
    Five days later and the pain seems to be getting worse.  
    My neck is so stiff too, can't turn it without difficulty. Uncomfortable to lay down and/or sleep as well, so sleep has been disrupted ever since. (Which is all probably compounding my neck issue.)  
    I see my doctor 11/27/12 for follow up on this procedure. You can be sure she'll be hearing all about my experience when I see her!

    posted @ Sunday, November 25, 2012 7:57 PM by Polly

    My husband has had 4x CT scans 2 MRI's and a heart check scan and a PET scan due to stomach cancer and chemo all since Feb this year now his thyroid is overworking and another specialist visit on the way, but what in reality what option did he have. Sucks but unfortunately neccessary in his case.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 5:34 PM by Gardee

    Had a Ct scan with iv contrast 5 weeks ago - had severe Proteinuria from day 1. Due to see a Nephrologist.

    posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:07 AM by Paz

    I had a MRI with contrast done yesterday, I felt the discomfort and burning sensation going trough my arm when they injected the contrast, along with an alcohol taste in my mouth and nausea, later that day hiccups too. The tech only told me the sensation I would feel in my arm, but nothing about nausea. He did recommended at the end drink a lot of fluids to eliminate the contrast much faster and that helped a lot.

    posted @ Saturday, December 01, 2012 12:50 PM by Maria G

    I had a CT Scan with IV Contrast Dye on Wednesday and by Fridy my whole body was itchy and I had red hives all over me.

    posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 12:40 PM by Sherry King

    Cat Scan Fri 14/12/2012 
    9.30Am appointment 
    Jelco put in right arm was not correctly put into a vein 
    Nurse put in right arm and blood did not appear in seringe other than a drop.(Blood is suppose to draw when needle is put in) so if no blood don,t let them go ahead so I learnt. 
    Nurse was not sure needle had gone into vein so got a doctor who came did not take out and try again but just wiggled needle around still drew no blood so flushed it which was very painfull and I came over ill nearly passing out and. Vomiting. 
    Once that had settled I was taken for the ct scan and not told to tell them if I felt any pain so the small amount of pain I did get at first I thought was normal then the pain got unbareable..they realised I was in Pain and stopped but after injecting 85mls in my arm. 
    Turned out needle was not in my vein at arm was so painfull and started to swell and go rock hard...they applied hot towels to my arm as time went on my arm kept swelling  
    A plastic surgeon had alook around 12pm and suggested I stay till 5pm so they could keep an eye on it because so much injected could cause arm to loose circulation start to blister and burn which if that happened would need surgery to cut arm open and release pressure.the whole day I was stressed out and worried as my arm continued to swell and spread from one spot till the whole Arm was 3times it's size. 
    I was luck enough that the worst didn't happen but now Sunday I have felt ill ever since and my arm continues to ache from fingers to shoulder...they want to try again in January ,I am not keen but being a cancer surviver and having found another lump want to be sure it's not cancer again so I really have no choice not know as yet if any long term affects from this no excuse

    posted @ Saturday, December 15, 2012 10:04 PM by Tracey

    Being a diabetic experiencing severe thrombosis pain in my left leg I checked into the hospital emergency last week with the doctor suspecting I had an embolism (blood clot) that possibly moved into my lungs due to breathing difficulties. After chest X-Rays that turned out negative the doctor gave me a half a bolis of saline IV and sent me for a CT Scan where dye was injected into me to high-light the scan of my lungs. The test showed up negative. The doctor gave me Endocet for the leg pain (not a first) and sent me home. Went to sleep that night and the next morning my whole body from the neck down everywhere was covered in hives and a few small watery blisters around the waist. Three weeks I suffered with dry itchyness and redness on my body. The X-Ray technician didn't even warn me of any side effects. Never again will I accept a dye test at a hospital.

    posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:12 AM by Chris F

    I had an MRI brain scan last fri 21st Dec and i have just managed to get out of bed! I have had one before with out the dye and was fine, this 1 was fine until the dye was injected, it was freezing as it went in, my legs began to shudder and i felt really cold. Afterwards i txt my daughter to say i didnt feel grand, was going to sit for a while then drive home. Three hours later i was in bed struggling to breathe, my throat felt like it was full of barbed wire and my head ached so bad. over the next few days my back ached, my stomach ached,i had chills, i couldnt eat and drank gallons, while taking pain killers, ventolin, throat sweets and antibiotics. Today i have found this site, at least i now know what is responsible. Not everyone reacts the same its a gamble we have to take, no more additives for me though!

    posted @ Friday, December 28, 2012 2:15 PM by kim

    There is possibility me having MRI or CT scan but I am worried about the side effects of the dyes that is pushed through veins . Please give me your personal experiences while having these tests. OR Professinal advises.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 01, 2013 4:29 AM by BRD

    I had a CT angiogram scan today, followed the instructions, no cafine for at least 4 hours before. I was given an Iodine injection and beta blockers, as soon the Iodine went in my whole body felt like it was on fire, after the beta blocker injection I noticed my vision in the right eye was temp blurred. I was advised to drink plenty of fluids to flush the Iodine out of my system. A few hours later I'm still feeling hot inside and I have a bad headache, apart from that I've had no serious side effects. *Advice, read and follow all instructions given*

    posted @ Wednesday, January 02, 2013 11:16 AM by Ian

    HadCTscan with contrast dye yesterday all went well it was done of chest area had usual warm feeling felt like i peed but did not all good today but I itch all over HAd ct scan with contrast and dink contrst less than a week ago no side effects from last ct but this time itching but all is good 

    posted @ Thursday, January 03, 2013 10:54 AM by penny plott

    I wish folks would specify WHICH kind of contrast media they received, e.g. iodine or barium. 
    The high # of people reporting these side effects here suggests to me that when the drug companies claim reactions are "rare," it is because they fail to do good followup on patients to find out whether that is true or not. And/or they blame bad reactions on "unknown variables." 
    My wife just got a CT scan w/ barium IV and I'm worried. She is OK so far but very sensitive to many chemicals and procedures and delicate. She took vitamin C large dose right after, and I am now having her take some N-acetylcysteine, found that was recommended on some sources and it makes sense as a detoxifying agent. She will take some chlorella in an hour or so, and eat light tonight, and stay home from work tomorrow to try to sleep extra and take it easy and drink lots of water and eat perfectly so as to hopefully expedite the elimination of the toxin. Good luck, everyone.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 5:37 PM by PTW

    Had MRI scan in Sept 2012. Next day came out with hives that daily swell up my face, lips and body. Twice I asked if there were any side effects and i was told none. Have taken many days off sick and 4 months down I am still not rid of it. Antihistamines do not seem to work and in fact they make me worse. Have taken steroids when i get a really bad episode and have to keep off many foods that can trigger it. I am really suffering with it. Please let me know if there is a cure.

    posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 4:40 PM by Luke

    Had a SCAN (barium sulfate) done in 2012. My reaction was Steven Johnson syndrome. I was very sick and my skin peeled off my body. Allergic reaction. I am highly allergic to sulfur and have to be very careful. 

    posted @ Saturday, January 19, 2013 7:39 AM by Shirley

    I felt dizzy immediately after the contrast dye was injected. And would you believe, the electricity went out while I was inside the Mri. When I was was finally pulled out of the machine, I threw up. The Technician said sometimes people get sick if an artery or vein is nicked when the injection is given. Well, I was dizzy for the next 12 days and ended up having a STROKE! Who would ever let me prove the connection? But I believe it was the injection that did it.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:44 AM by Diane

    i had the red dye when i had a mri scan nobody explained the side affects which i think is pretty poor i have shoulder pain and the glands in my kneck had come up around the trunk area of the neck and this is nearly 2 weeks later

    posted @ Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:10 AM by mick peet

    My experience with iv contrast dye was nightmarish. I was in a bad way and medical staff were very concerned. Hives, passing in and out, servere sickness etc. A rotten time made bearable by the mostly wonderful nurses/techs.

    posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 4:25 AM by Brian priest

    As soon as dye started going through my system I felt at sorts..after it was over I had a bad bout of diaharrea & then onto nausea until I drank some green tea & had some other salty edibles to push the dye through...didn't much care for the tiredeness after either...thx...

    posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 8:15 PM by

    My mother went into serious shock and went into a coma. She passed away 5 weeks later after being exposed to contraast dye for a CT scan. She was 68.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 11:15 PM by Terrance Brooks

    I had a CT Scan w/wo contrast 3 days ago. This was my second CT scan, the first, several years ago. The CT scan was virtually painless. The only side effect I noticed was some swelling under my eyes and face. Not sure if this was from the dye, or sinus infection. At first I thought something had stung me under the eye because when I left the diagnostic center I felt itching under my right eye with some swelling. I came home and treated it as a possible insect sting. Big mistake because now I have a bruise under my eye and pockets of swelling under both eyes. If this does not disappear by Monday, I am going to make an appointment with my doctor to be sure it is nothing to worry about. I did not have a reaction from my last scan. But, for the most part the scan procedure went well and the test results were negative.

    posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:43 PM by Carol Casper

    I had an iodine contrast dye. The doctor didn't speak much English, so another doctor fortunately warned me a little about feeling effect in throat. And that it wasn't radioactive dye.  
    I felt like mist in my throat and fear of throat closing, then the flush of warmth went through my head and body to down there. 
    The same day I had a pathological feeling of hunger almost painful that made me feel like crying.  
    I was traveling when the worst side effects struck. After the first days of stomach discomfort, I got mucous of the bowel, and had to keep going to the toilet on the plane. Seemed to pass pus and a little blood (?) I had had joint pains, that continued, especially in neck. Then I got nasty sore throat, very tender, also in glands a bit. And there is a feeling of tiredness that seems to make me feel slightly paranoid, slightly giving up and shaky, wiped out in a way. I'm scared the effects will never go away. But I think it's getting there. Maybe some people get MS from this dye??

    posted @ Monday, February 04, 2013 11:37 PM by Sally-Anne Lambert

    I have been given contrast MRI's twice now for my JNA tumor follow up. I get extremely nauseous right after the injection, to the point of having to get pulled out of the MRI after just re-entering. But after that initial nausea I have been fine. 
    Last one I had was last week, I even told the operators last time this happened I got nauseous. They injected me and waited a min before putting me into the machine. Wouldn't you know it second I passed the plain into the MRI I started gagging and heaving, nothing happened just pulled me out and let my stomach calm down.

    posted @ Saturday, February 16, 2013 9:56 AM by Chris

    In the past 3 weeks I have had two CT Scans, there did not seem much wrong after the first scan, but since the last one (Yesterday) I am so itchy I want to tear off my skin and I have little red blotches all over. Really irritating as I am disabled and cannot reach my back to scratch, is this a side effect of the scan. I was told to drink lots, which I am.

    posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2013 3:24 AM by Rowena Muldal

    I was very nervous about this procedure after reading all these posts. I had the dye mri today and IT WAS PAINLESS!! please don't freak out- some people don't have any trouble with it. :-)

    posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2013 9:01 PM by Melissa

    I had an abdominal CT scan done on 26-Feb. After the dye I got a metallic taste in my mouth, a boiling bladder and a very hot flash all over my body. A few hours after, I had fever; chills; runny nose; my knee joints became really hot and painful. 
    This morning I feel a bit better (at least the fever, chills and nose are better; but the knees are still aching).

    posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:29 PM by TDK

    I have had 2 ct scans in the last 3 weeks ,one pre op and one 2 weeks post op. the 1st time the contrast dye felt mildly warm going in, the second time a trainee pushed the iv through my vein and into the muscle ,and they put a hot cloth on and massaged it and then a cold compress and the certified person put in the iv in my other arm and it seemed to me she put the dye in to fast and it burned all over. I am also diabetic and wasn't told anything about having extra problems with the dye if you are a diabetic. the 1st time it gave me funky diarrhea when I got home, the 2nd time the next day my blood pressure was low and the 1st night I had a rapid heart beat ,not good since I recently had a heart attack while in surgery. and a second mild heart attack ischemia waiting on nitro pills while in hospital, since they don't want you to have control of your meds. if there is ever a next time I am bringing my nitro tabs with me ,screw them. 35 minutes to get a nitro tab when you are having chest pain is unacceptable!!!

    posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 11:22 PM by Brian

    They say side effects are rare, but almost everybody I know who has had one of these contrast dye scans seems to have at least a mild reaction. I never had one until a year ago, but since a cancer diagnosis, I have had 3 MRIs, 2 PET, and one bone scan. Pet scans and bone scans used radioactive dyes. I get at least a headache and a mild light-headedness from all of them. The grape barium drink with the Pet scans gives me nausea and diarrhea, too. But what really gets me is they wait until the radioactive ones are over to say stay away from pregnant women and small children. Until several months into cancer treatment I was teaching elementary school, and I currently have a pregnant daughter. They just assume it isn't an issue with a middle-aged woman, not even thinking about we may work with children, have grandhildren, or have pregnant daughters or daughters-in-law. When I had the bone scan, I had to go about 2 hours from home so I was going to stay with my daughter. Fortunately, I had an old college friend in that town that I was able to stay with instead.

    posted @ Friday, March 01, 2013 7:55 AM by Elizabeth

    I have had ct scans for the past 4 years every 4 months because of cancer. I had another in January and it was not the same, it was so hot I felt like my inside were boiling. Disoriented after and then vomited all day the next day. What damage could this have done? I mentally connot have another ct scan would mri pick up any mass that I may have in the chest or adomen?

    posted @ Monday, March 04, 2013 4:50 PM by Ann

    Well, they say that the reaction to the iodine non-radioactive CT scan dye tends to be delayed, and that was true. I got the bowel trouble while on a long plane flight. Lucky seated by door. This is going to be a bit graphic, but I'll tell what happened. I got something that can be described as the same symptoms as ulcerative colitis. Mucous, pus and a little blood in the bowel, and urging to get it out, and it pops out whenever it wants with no control from me. And so does the bowel movements, which are not diarrhea but undigested. This persisted for a month. It seemed worse for not drinking enough to get the iodine out of my body completely. They say it takes a few days for that, but it seems for me it took longer. I got tired, not only the lack of absorption of nutrition, but the tiredness of stress from dealing with this chaotic problem. I felt like an invalid, even though I looked normal, and it was really hard to tell people about it because it's gross. I worried I might have had amoebic colitis, with all its associations. That was when I finally found out what this is normally thought to be. Well, it does get triggered by chemical reactions at times. What worked for me was walking and running. Maybe I suffered worse because I'd been in Arabia for a year and a half not walking or running enough. Also, what seemed to finally end it I think was the fiber tablet I chewed. Thank goodness... touch wood!

    posted @ Tuesday, March 05, 2013 2:41 AM by Sally-Anne Lambert

    To Ann, I would say, if you feel that mentally you cannot face the CT again, I do believe the MRI gives a clearer result, but it may depend on what it's looking for. I am scared of MRI because I feel sensitive to the magnetic waves. But if you've had so many CT scans, well maybe something different would be less stressful / harmful for you. There is also a dye with MRI, and I think I read there are lawsuits over it. But I think there may be options for various dyes with that. All the best to you. Sorry you have suffered cancer. I personally believe in raw food for cancer, and exercise and happiness.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:00 AM by Sally-Anne Lambert

    I had an iodine contrast injection (I believe, anionic) yesterday for a cat scan and experienced excruciating burning when the fluid was injected. Enough that I was cursing, pounding the machine with my other hand, and yelling and sobbing uncontrollably. I told the technician to go ahead and get it over with, but it was an absolutely horrible experience. I don't know if this is related, but later in the evening, my lower legs were heavy and stiff.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 4:59 AM by Roberta

    My husband had a CAT Scan yesterday at Kingston General Hospital in Ontario Canada and was told by the tech who performed it that they withdraw the dye from the body after they take the needed image. He said this after my husband told him that this would be the last injection as they have already given him many in the last 2 1/2 months. What liars. This from a hospital that gave him Systemic Candida blood fungus when placing a dirty PIC Line, gave him 3 doses of fentanyl when they told him beforehand that they wouldn't give him any which resulted in 4 days in ICU, made him delirious with some brain disorder and then also gave him VRE. I actually prayed he would make it out of this hospital alive.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:19 PM by Grace Arrigo

    Had Ct Scan with contrast on Feb 20th this year developed where iv was vein at certain movements causes severe pain and from neck ,shoulder, muscle have horrible causing sleepless nights and continuous pain. Any ideas ? Will it get better?

    posted @ Saturday, March 16, 2013 9:24 AM by Russell Tremblay

    I had a brain scan this morning with and with the dye contrast now I have severe head ache that has not went away even after taking head ache pills just wondering if any one else has experienced this

    posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 9:05 PM by Tammy Whitten

    I had a Ct scan with dye and had a severe allergic reaction. When I went to get up the technician looked at me and said...Oh My are having an allergic reaction. Huge hives all over me. They called a dr. down from ER right away and gave me an iv full of benadryl. It knocked me for a loop. I slept the rest of the day. They went to go get my husband and bring him back. He said they told him it could have been serious. I can't have the dye anymore because next time it could be fatal.

    posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:30 PM by Veronica Ewart

    I had a cat scan of the abdomen on March 15th and had the dye injected into my veins and also had to drink some other contrast liquid. I felt fine during the cat scan-had the sensation of warmth but nothing alarming. However 5 days later I had a very severe itchy, red rash that covered every inch of my body. I was very hot and had to scratch constantly -face was very red and swollen. I could not sleep because of the itching and feeling of bad sunburn. Went to doctors on 20th and he told me to take an anti-histamine-(Reactive) and a prescription for Prednisone if the Reactive didn't work in 2 days. (It was then the week-end) I started the Prednisone after 2 days as I was covered still in the hot red itchy rash which was now bleeding because of the scratching. Took all kinds of oatmeal, cornstarch, cider vinegar baths-(at different times!) Nothing helped, but 3 days after taking Prednisone it eased somewhat so I could sleep and go out in public. It took 10 days before the rash disappeared and I didn't have to scratch all day and all night. Just reading through all these comments made me realize that what I had was an allergic reaction to the dye as nothing else had been different in my diet and I used no creams, soaps etc. that were different from usual. My doctor had no suggestion as to what could have caused the severe hives. Next time I will refuse the dye.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 03, 2013 8:21 PM by kathleen wesley

    Gender: Male,no diabetis, no high blood pressure, allergy on high alcohol intake and menthol/mint smell. 
    Problem: I have urine tract infection(UTI)which consistently found bacteria E. Coli from the 3 urine culture test done at different interval time. Started with pain at head of penis when urinating with strong urge feeling. Has blood discovered in the urine test. 
    Symptom: Every hour or half hour have to go for urinating. Fever occured. Need to drink lots of water else more painful if only little urine came out. Along few weeks I have completed FOUR different antibiotics but with no cure but only remove the pain.  
    Cause: Took CT-Scan and doctor found I have hydronephrosis on my left( 
    Effects: Doctor said don't take fried food, eggs and seafood and I followed. I drink lots of water before and after the scan. Before, I think about 3000ml to 4000ml. Scanned at about 5pm. After, I believe drink water more than 'before' on the same day scanning. After the scan, I have little itchy at my left leg which I normally get when I am stressed. I feel tired and want to sleep early. I feel a little pain which is consistent on the hand that doctor inject the IV. When urinating I smell some chemical coming out. During the scan, my hand injected with IV is shivering. 
    During injection, I feel the slow rush of the IV from my injected hand towards my body but not feeling it on other parts of body. 
    I taste very little strange metal taste. Next day, I feel normal. 
    Lesson learnt: Drink huge lots of water before and after the scan. Do not eat any food before scan. I believe help a lot to reduce down the side effects. Sleep early also before the scan to give stamina to all our organs to flush out the toxic. 
    Jesus loves you. Believe and you shall receive.

    posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 6:39 AM by Gil Ong

    Just took my 2nd cat scan on April 1st. The reaction that I experienced is sore body (heavy feeling), bit of blood shot eyes., and very tense muscles. 

    posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 10:44 PM by Debbie

    I went for a ct today, not knowing about the contrast injection, but seeing the mention of Iodine I immediately questioned the doctor as I had written down on the form that I was allergic to shell fish and iodine , we talked it over and decided it wasn't worth the risk, so had ct without the injection, but I had already had 2 cups of some sort of fluid to drink, and I felt a bit nauseous after that, so on reading all your letters I am so relieved I didn't go ahead with the injection. So many of your symptom s are the same as I have to shell fish. I hope you all find a solution to the itching.

    posted @ Sunday, April 07, 2013 11:52 PM by Wendy

    My Uncle Heath went to get a CT Scan at our local hospital and soon after being administered the dye, he started seizing and within an hour he passed away. I really think there should be an allergy test done before they administer the dye to anyone. He was only 28 and with a new wife and a baby on the way. Life shouldnt be cut short by trying to prolong it getting tests done at hospitals. 
    Darian Jenkins 
    RIP. Heath Jennings 
    You will always be missed.

    posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 11:45 AM by Darian Jenkins

    I had a CT scan 2 days ago and since then have had a bitter taste at the back of my tongue which makes it very unpleasant when I eat. I wonder if this is going to be permenant or it will pass in a day or so?

    posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:02 AM by Ann Graham

    Had CT scan Wed 10th April next day my voice was going. Today Monday, my voice has gone completely!!! Why?

    posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 4:59 AM by

    I had MRI 5 times and 1 time contrast dye due to my problem with my legs having no strength sometimes that I cannot walk or get up in my bed. The doctor said I have some nerves problems in my neck that connects to my spinal down to my legs. 
    My issue is, I am losing too much weight after all these procedures. Is this due to the MRIs that I have been through?

    posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:41 AM by Erwin Cuizon

    Had a Ct scan with dye contrast to check my chest for blood clot. It gets really warm inside almost instantly and makes you feel like you are peeing yourself. you can also taste the dye in your mouth. * side effect I'm having still 3 days later is that everything I eat makes me feel sick to my stomach. I never get a sick feeling from eating anything, but for some reason I feel like the contrast is still in my system and affecting me making me still feel nauseas. Hopefully soon this will pass.

    posted @ Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:56 PM by cherylea

    I had a CT scan a few weeks back. After stating I wasn’t allergic to shellfish or any known Iodine issues it was explained that an Iodine dye would be injected. I had mine via a catheter in my hand.  
    You get a warm/hot feeling immediately at the entry site, then a second or two later I felt the warmth in my heart and then a few seconds later in my feet. It was strange but wasn’t painful. I was calm and relaxed. It was interesting really, I was quickly aware of how my body was all connected. For the scan I then had to hold my breath, and then breath out at designated intervals. Holding breath for maybe 3 seconds so no issue. The whole CT experience lasting maybe 8 minutes. 
    So I found the procedure quick, painless and mentally easy. Just relax and be calm. 
    That night I was nauseous for two hours, and actually a little sick. However I was on an antibiotics mix which with an empty stomach I later found out made me feel ill anyway, so I’m not sure this was actually a side effect of the CT. 
    However one thing that was strange, that evening I woke up abruptly, with a feeling that I can only describe as someone dropping a small pebble down the back of my throat. The feeling was behind my Adams Apple. Once awake this is when the nausea kicked in.  
    A few days ago (so 3 weeks after CT scan) I woke with a similar, but smaller pebble feeling, this time in the comfort of my own home, I managed a deep gargle with water and coughed up a small white hard lump maybe 2mm in diameter. This time no nausea. Feeling gone. 
    Apart from this I have had no other noticeable effects or issues.  
    There is a lot of negative comments on this blog, I just wanted to say that I found it fine. Obviously everyone is different. The CT highlighted my issue and I’m now fixed, so very happy!  
    Thank you to the all the staff at Kingston Hospital, Kingston upon Thames, UK. 

    posted @ Monday, April 22, 2013 4:16 AM by Matthew L

    I had a sneezing fit in my last MRI scan but didnt attribute it to anything in particular, never thought about it. I had another scan today and immediately after the dye was injected i took a sneezing fit, along with a burning itch in left eye and back of neck, tricky to sit through when you are strapped in. 
    Interesting to see how it effects everyone differently. I could live with it again. If I was told of the possible side affects i would still have taken the risk. If it helps to diagnose then its worth it.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3:25 PM by Sean C

    i had a Cat scan with this contrast and before that i had another contrast for a petscan of my whole body, the only thing i felt was a warm sensation on my body, the i stayed a little HIGH for the rest of the day , also felt a little dumb, for two hours or so, the tech let me know about the warm sensation and he actually mention a whole bunch of others side efects but none of that happened, IM A CANCER SURVIVOR SO I AM SO THANKFULL DORCTORS HAVE ALL THESES RESOURCES TO KEEP A GREAT EYE ON US ! JUST RELAX AND TAKE A NAP WHILE YOU ARE IN THE SCANNER , GOD BLESS YOU ALL !

    posted @ Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:41 AM by Andres

    Had multiphasic CT of liver done with dye injected into vein. Felt warm sensation and had metallic taste. Towards the end of the test my body started to shake. I asked the staff at the radiology facility is this normal. They asked if I ate. I told them no. I was told to not eat or drink anything after midnight the night prior. I had the shakiness for about 1& 1/2 hrs. Then 5 hrs after the test, I started to have body aches and fast heart rates off and on thru out the day. I woke up the next day with heavy legs and stiff legs and body aches continued. Went to E.R., and told staff of my symptoms and that symptoms did not start til after C.T. Scan was done. The possibility of me having these reactions as a result of test was not even addressed. I was checked for infection. M.D. said I had UTI and was given Rocephin shot and a prescription for Bactrim. Woke up on Sunday, day 2 after scan, and was dizzy. Body aches are not as bad, but chest hurts from time to time. I do not feel a UTI is causing my problems. I still feel it was the dye from the CT scan. Praying it gets better and not worse.

    posted @ Sunday, April 28, 2013 5:34 PM by Anita V

    Just had Ct scan done of kidneys...within seconds of them putting contrast dye into IV I felt nauseated beyond belief. I screamed for them to get me something as I was one second from throwing up. It passed within a minute or so but unfortunately I had a bit of a weird sensation/swelling on left side of tongue so they gave me benadryl.

    posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 10:37 AM by Bethany B

    I have had 3 CT scans with iodine & many without to follow a long term health condition. I would rather have a Ct with iodine but sometimes it is necessary. The injection makes you feel warm all over , makes you feel like you have peed on yourself and makes your heat speed up. I already have a fast heartbeat so it can be scary to be lying down and have your heart suddenly start beating fast. Even though I know what will happen after the injection and my heart speeds up I usually have a huge adrenaline surge(which makes you feel shaky and tiered afterwords). Last year I said I didn't want the iodine and had a normal CT. Two months later I had one with iodine and they doctor found an aneurysm(I'm a non smoker under 40 so I would not be considered at risk). The aneurysm was only detected because of the iodine. As much as I don't like feeling bad for a day from the iodine sometimes especially for blood vessel studies it is necessary.

    posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 5:01 PM by Cammie

    Hi Anita V, hope you are feeling better by now...? It may be the UTI made you a bit vulnerable, but still the iodine is the cause of the symptoms. For me, I think I may have had amoebic colitis, but without symptoms, and I think the iodine stirred that up. (Bowel trouble is major symptom found in iodine reactions. Also iodine is used by the thyroid, where our blood is purified before going to the brain. That's why iodine traditionally was used on wounds, to kill germs. So probably any germs at the time of receiving the iodine may affect the situation...) If you find your heart racing, I suggest breathing deeply slowly and regularly. All the best to you...

    posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 11:30 PM by Sally-Anne Lambert

    I had a ct scan with dye today and immediately after the injection, I felt a heat rush throughout my body, especially in the groin area. I'm feeling a bit off since the exam but I'm hoping it will subside soon. No major reaction to the dye or barium that I had to drink, other than the hot flush feeling that I mentioned. I believe the possible benefits of the exam may outweigh the possible side effects you may experience. Hope this helps someone.

    posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 3:01 AM by Angel Reyes

    I had my third CT Scan done yesterday with contrast. I had no problems at all the first two times, but yesterday, soon after the test was finished I had a terrible allergic reaction to the dye. My face was hot burning, my eyes and lips swollen to the point I could barely talk, my blood pressure dropped to bottom. The technician called the doctor right away, they gave me oxygen to breath and a couple of IVs. I was rushed in an ambulance to the ER (same hospital, but a different building). Spent the rest of the day at the ER with an IV Benadryl Today, my face is still red and swollen. Not to scare anyone, but I honestly think that I'm alive because they acted quickly.

    posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 10:41 PM by Carolina

    I had a cat scan with the contract dye about 2 months ago and am still experiencing moderate to acute hives on an everyday mid afternoon I feel very shaky and antihistamines do nothing. Should this be going on this long?? I too had an incompetent person putting the canula into me and it took 4 attempts to stick me and then when I had the dye I felt like I was going to explode. Since I had the scan for injuries from a car accident my doctor thought the hives might be from stress but now im not so sure!!!

    posted @ Sunday, May 05, 2013 6:16 PM by Allison Mitchelson

    I have MS and get annual MRI's with contrast. I've now had it done at least 10 times and have never had a side effect from the contrast. I am not discouting the suffering anyone has indured, but I think it is worth posting this to help alleviate some people's fears. Not everyone has a reaction to the contrast.

    posted @ Sunday, May 05, 2013 8:14 PM by MKHR

    I think we could think of iodine as something like Superman's kryptonite. But I'm not sure I understand the role of the kryptonite in the story haha. Just that iodine is a power in our evolution, it is a very potent natural force. To have it injected suddenly in any concentration can for some people freak the body out. So I think staying calm is important. Don't lose your history, because somewhere in your history is the keys to your reaction, and if we can integrate the experience, it can help us evolve. It is scary to have this powerful force thrust into our bodies, our bodies can rebel. But if we try really hard, if we're lucky to be saved for those who have life threatening reactions, we can try to find the power in it. :)

    posted @ Sunday, May 05, 2013 11:58 PM by Sally-Anne Lambert

    After drinking the liquid contrast, I experienced severe abdominal pain, or stomach cramps, if you will, that endured over two (2) hours until it either passed on or at least entered the lower intestine/colon chamber(s). It was not a pleasant experience for me, but am grateful for the diagnosis results that it enabled to be detected.

    posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 7:53 AM by Philip S. Mayeux

    I had a contrast MRI Monday and now Wednesday morning, I am sick at my stomach and my bowels are like water.  
    HELP! What should I do? 

    posted @ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 9:51 AM by Jill S

    I just had an MRI scan today. I've had about 2 others before. the first time was ok but the previous time and the one today werent so good. I was completely fine until the dye was added. once they rolled me back into the scanner i felt like i was going to throw up. I started gaging and sweating and felling like I was going to puke. I had to keep swallowing to prevent myself from puking. I just breathed in deep and tried my hardest to relax and within a few minutes it was gone. Still was an AWFUL feeling especially while inside such a small space while on your back. I think my body just reacts to the dye that way.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:28 PM by Deborah S

    had a CT scan done with dye injected, 
    was okay first then my back hurt so bad i could not walk. next day went away

    posted @ Sunday, May 19, 2013 3:38 AM by steve edwards

    I had a CT scan of my abdomen 9 days ago, and I'm still sick as a dog. The scan was made to determine water retention and bloating, which would sometimes appear as pain in my left side. 
    The day of the scan I felt energetic and good. I had no inclination of any immediate colds or problems. I asked the technician if there was any reactions or observations I should note after the scan. She said there were no reactions.  
    After injection, I felt a hot sensation through the body which only lasted seconds. And I was fine after the scan and didn't feel any different. In the evening I developed a migraine but it wasn't too bad. The following morning however, I developed a really sore throat and nausea. I figured this was a mild outcome and would quickly go away since surely the injection wouldn't stay in the body too long. But it didn't go away. On the third day I lost my appetite and the food would taste strange. 
    One week later and I continue to have intense nausea on a daily basis all through the day, and my head feels very heavy and feverish although I have no fever. I have developed a severe cold - which feels much more intense than a common cold. I feel tired and sick and sleep a lot, which I normally don't. Nausea is not a common problem with me and I have rarely been afflicted with it in my life. Now it's been constant. I've now developed a bad cough as well and today my urine was frothy. 
    No one told me to prepare myself for the CT scan to reduce any potential side-effects, or possible weakening of the immune system. The side effect from this treatment is severely under-played. Maybe I could have been better prepared by taking supplements or taking other precautionary measures if I had been far better informed.  

    posted @ Sunday, May 26, 2013 6:37 AM by AJ

    AJ, I suggest you find herbs and homeopathy that treat nausea, and try to see the iodine as something rich and potent that has evolutionary significance. In my view, it points out things in our evolution that we can take better care of. So it could be a blessing in disguise. I know it is very upsetting to experience the vulnerability so intensely in the area we need improving in, but if you stay strong, you can learn some spiritual lesson about yourself at the same time. Also, iodine's main symptom is delayed bowel / nausea type problems. So that's normal. My colitis after iodine lasted about a month or more, and I took fiber pills (just little nibble of one each time), and that worked for me, probably temporary but I'm still using the fiber pills to steady myself. But each person seems to get different reactions apart from the initial hot flush that's common on injecting. Bless you, hang in there.

    posted @ Sunday, May 26, 2013 3:34 PM by Sally-Anne Lambert

    I read all the horror stories... got totally freaked out and panicked when I went in for my test. I am a true cyberchondriac. Reason I'm posting is to reassure other readers. It wasnt a great experience, mind you I had to get the IV placed three times to find a suitable vein. But that's happened before, nothing specific to this test. Once they administered the dye, it felt like I had sipped hot coffee, just a warm feeling in my chest. Only lasted 30 seconds at the most. After the test, I started shaking, but I am convinced it was adrenaline from my nerves. I did get a headache, but mild. Tired that evening and no appetite. Drank TONS of water and by the end of the next day I was fine. One warning, I had two beers two days after my test and I felt awful the next morning. I think it's best to wait a week tohave alcohol, not just 12 hours. All in all, it wasn't fun, but it wasnt terrible. Sideeffects are rare, and worth it to get a true diagnosis if you are unsure of something. My prayers for speedy recovery go out for all of you.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 04, 2013 12:32 AM by tmb

    Update on my CT scan experience (see Sunday, May 26, 2013 6:37 AM by AJ). 
    After 20 days of being violently ill I am finally getting better after my first CT scan experience. As I mentioned in my original post, I felt like I had a terrible, terrible cold with daily headaches and extreme nausea the day following my CT scan. Nothing seemed to get better and I was very tired and lethargic on top of it all and could do little but sleep half of the day.  
    I forgot to mention that food started tasting strange and I started to throw up and could not hold in food except in very small quantities barely eating at all.  
    After my initial post, I actually got so sick I passed out and vomited. I vomited two times after that as well. And that was two weeks after the scan...  
    So there are definite side effect with the scan that are being trivialized.  
    I am now feeling much better although not 100% well. Most of the symptoms are now gone except for very mild nausea. Patients should be aware what can happen to them after their CT scan, and also be prepared to possibly take time off work. There is simply no way I could have gone to work the days following the scan. 

    posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 12:30 PM by AJ

    I had a CT Scan w/contrast for possible spleen nic from a colonoscopy. Nothing found, and had no reaction from the dye. No side effects were told to be beforehand either.

    posted @ Thursday, June 06, 2013 11:29 AM by sal

    I received a ct scan on Wednesday June 5th. About 30. minutes after, I decided to get a meal as I had not eaten for the day. I drove to the nearest restaurant only to find that it was closed. A feeling of disappointment came over me, it was as if it was closed to prevent me from entering, I began to feel sad and alone, I parked my car and sat for a while as this feeling of sadness and loneliness got stronger. I was on the point of tears and could not understand why. I called a friend and tried top explain my feeling, that did help a bit. I drove home and went to bed. After about 3 hours sleep, I got up and felt a heaviness in my jaws. the lymph glands were swollen and were hard, I called the doctor who advised me to drink plenty of water, and take an anti histamine tablet. I did so and the following morning the both the swelling and the hardness had eased. today, two days later the swelling is still noticeable. It is obvious that there are side effects to this dye, those who require this treatment should be well told that there are possible side effects; so that in your mind you will not be caught off guard.

    posted @ Friday, June 07, 2013 8:58 AM by don

    I am yet to go for a mri of my spine I need advice reg do s I have applied hair dye today and my mri is tomorrow can go ahead can the dye injected cause any problem because of this

    posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 2:23 AM by vishala

    I just went to have a CT Scan, I had to fill out a form regarding the dye. It gave the basic info, what most ppl feel, and then they issues regard the rare chance you have a reaction. What it didnt state was that if you had certain allergies you shouldnt be injected with the dye. Luckily the clinic was really busy and they asked me to come back in 4hrs. I came home did some research, found this page with ppls side affects and looked further into what was in the dye and found that because of my allergies and illness, that the dye could kill me. I rang the clinic to verify and they said "Oh yeah you definitely shouldnt have the dye, so lucky you told us", and Im like "Eerrr shouldnt you bloody ask patients about illnesses and allergies before possible killing them?" 
    Always ask about possible side effects for every injection and pill you take and ask, if you have allergies and chronic illness, if the dye/meds etc can conflict.

    posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 7:49 PM by Cleo

    The question about hair dye, it's a different kind of dye. It shouldn't be a factor I think. The dye in the scan, that's got iodine in it. I recommend taking real good care of your bowel before this scan. You might get some bowel trouble after a few days. Or maybe nothing. I think iodine is an evolutionary mineral, and some people get strong reactions. For the person who had allergies and got the feedback that could die from this dye, maybe that's allergy to fish/seafood??? Because of iodine??

    posted @ Monday, June 17, 2013 9:04 PM by Sally-Anne Lambert

    I had a CT scan last week. I was not told about any side effects. Following the dye injection I have had a severe rash now for one week. The rash is just unbelievable looks like hives and itches like crazy. I have tried everything to get rid of it and nothing works. I was told to drink a lot of water which I have done but it makes no difference. I have no idea what I can do to get rid of this rash, it is driving me crazy. I will never let them do this to me again.

    posted @ Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:37 AM by Heather

    I had a abdominal/pelvis ct scan yesterday. At the time of the scan my heart started beating real hard and fast but just as soon as the test was over that subsided.I had diarrhea all evening. Today, I find I have a red prickly rash all over my back and abdomen. Not too itchy though. My back does feel like I have a slight sunburn when I lean against it. Gonna be taking some Benadryl tonight!

    posted @ Saturday, June 29, 2013 5:15 PM by Fraulein Adkins

    I had my first ever CT scan 2 days ago. I had NO idea until I got there that I was having dye injected....I thought all I had to do was drink the bottles of "chalk" that was labeled "vanilla smoothie!" YUK anyway, the technician did thankfully warn me of the warmth, the foul taste and the feeling that you needed to urinate... immediately after the test I felt a little light headed and nauseated...but felt decent until about 5 hours later...all of a sudden I was so sick. I went to bed fully clothed and violently shook...I had a horrible headache and was freezing to death, but my skin was hot to the touch. I laid in bed like this for several hours. The next day, mid day....I realized my stomach and chest had a very bright red rash...I called the Dr. and he prescribed steroids. By that evening, the rash was much worse...onto my neck and was then raised and bright red. Now the steriods are helping the rash, but I now have 2 huge ugly fever blisters from the nausea. I pray to NEVER have this test again!!!!

    posted @ Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:49 PM by Linda

    I had my first CT scan, with the dye, yesterday. At the time I felt alright, although that horrid stuff you drink beforehand made me feel a bit nauseous (and gave me a decent case of diarrhea!) After I got home, I took a couple hour nap and woke to some intense itching on my legs. I could not stop rubbing them! I used some lotion, which helped a bit, but I remained itchy well into the night. I felt slightly itchy on my arms, torso and chest. So far I haven't noticed any extra redness or bumps. I may go to the store for some antihistamines later; just in case the intense itch comes back. Another side effect, that I seem to have, is that my hands are slightly swollen and feeling tight. My fingertips are also feeling somewhat sensitive and sore to pressure. I hope this all goes away by tomorrow night when I go back to work, otherwise it will be a long, miserable night.  
    I don't recall the technician telling me about the possibility of hives, and certainly not the chance of swelling. Unless it gets worse in the meantime, I have an appointment on Monday with my Urologist. I'll mention these symptoms to him.

    posted @ Saturday, July 06, 2013 10:41 AM by Wendy


    posted @ Sunday, July 07, 2013 5:24 PM by Barbie Germann

    Okay so I see that a lot of people have similar reactions as myself but are you all getting better and how long does it take to go away??

    posted @ Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:43 PM by tommy

    I had my very first CT scan to day (age 62) and the technician asked if I had any allergies etc, to which I replied no. I suffered no side effects

    posted @ Monday, July 15, 2013 12:37 AM by steve

    I had a ct scan for Diverticulosis. The dye caused a scalding feeling on one side of my crotch. Months later I still get the flushing I got when I had the scan. Haven't felt well since. Dang!

    posted @ Monday, July 22, 2013 11:48 PM by Mary Beth

    I had the Dye injection and I drank Barium this morning just before my cat scan. I have had an upset stomach all day. The barium was out of my system in 4 hours and I have had to use the restroom all day. I don't know if the reaction was from the Barium or the dye.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:53 PM by Brenda

    I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 3 years ago and have had 3 CT scans with contrast since that time (along with numerous rounds of chemotherapy). As mentioned by a few people we should be thankful that we have this technology to save our lives and deal with the minor, and I do mean minor, side effects that might come with it. A skin rash, hot flashes, feeling nauseated, etc are so insignificant when you are faced with a life threatening illness. The only side effect I experienced after all my ct scans was lower back pain that lasted about a week. Minor when compared to dying from NHL because nobody found it in time.

    posted @ Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:16 PM by Laurel

    As to, am I getting better? It took a month for the bowel trouble to subside. I still get it back sometimes. I took antibiotic for it just in case, but I still get a touch of it since then. I take fiber pills for it, a particular kind, I forget the name just now, they call it prebiotic (not probiotic).  
    I think it's important, in the case of iodine in particular, not to judge other people as ungrateful for modern medicine, just because YOU didn't suffer from the dye, or because YOUR condition was much more serious and was helped by the test result. Some people do get very scary and serious side effects, so you can't say everyone has minor side effects, this is disrespectful. And for some people, the test does not produce life changing benefits, maybe very little use. Like me, I had the test to check for TB, as someone near me had it bad, and I coughed up a tiny trace of blood occasionally. I didn't have TB. On the other hand, we are each responsible to take care of our health which can minimize our vulnerability.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:16 PM by Sally-Anne Lambert

    No one is saying they aren't thankful for the tech that can help us. But the truth for me is that having gotten hives the first time from a CT Scan the second time might be worse, like going into shock. It could kill me. In my case, alternate tests would have to be used. The other thing that's bad is that there is absolutely no record of my reaction other than a scribbled note, barely readable, on my copy of an ER form, perhaps in the CT Scan Dept record? Who knows! Communication in the medical field is sorely lacking.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:14 PM by Kris

    Today morning I had my CT and with my past CT's my body reacted with the dye. I used to get hives in my body. As doc was aware of it I had some prescription before CT and this time I did not had hives. But something strange happened after 8 hrs. I felt blood taste in my mouth and checked my tongue was bleeding. It bleeded for 5 mins as long as I was rinsing my mouth or spitting out. When I stopped bleeding also stopped. Then after sometime my whole body was fuming for 5 mins and came back to normal. I'm going check with the doctor to understand more about this incident.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:42 PM by bmkotian

    I had an MRI scan done with dye yesterday. I barely slept last night. It was injected through my left arm. My left arm and breast are swollen and pained severely through out the night. When I did sleep I had terrible and very vivid nightmares!! I do believe this is due to a reaction on the dye that was injected.

    posted @ Saturday, August 03, 2013 5:15 AM by Marlese

    I had a CT scan last week and they used this contrast dye. After 2 days I had this awful reaction. I was restless, my arm and legs were shaking all the time. My face dropped on one side and had blurred vision. I think they need to think more about using contrast material dye. I had a ct scan 7 years ago and had the very same reaction the second time round so I'm 100%sure it was contrast dye.

    posted @ Monday, August 05, 2013 8:51 AM by Michael

    I had a CT scan with contrast and became very nauseous. When I got home, I had a fever, vomiting and diarrea, the skin on my whole body turned bright red and I itched all over. In a few hours I noticed huge bumps on my torso and arms. I was told to take an antihistimine, and the next day in the doctor's office, I received a steroid shot. It took at least a week for the effects to disappear, but I had very dry skin and a lot of pimples, which eventually dried up. Turned out it was a reaction to the contrast dye, which was iodine.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 07, 2013 7:18 AM by dshusfeld

    Had a CT scan yesterday. Since early this morning (as soon as i woke up), I've had a super intense headache like a migraine, mild nausea, and dizziness.

    posted @ Thursday, August 08, 2013 11:14 AM by Jon Anderson

    I had a ct scan yesterday and later within the same day I started itching all over my body with red bumps.. The very next morning was more of the same. The itching was horrible and non endiing.. Finally, I called my Pharmacist and told him I received new medication and contrast dye. i told him i truly believe the dye was the causing my itching, and he informed me that itching was a very common reaction to the dye and I could take Benadryl to help with the side effects... The only problem I have with this advancement in medicine, is the NO one in the image dept at my local E.R. told me of any side effects.. I find this the be alarming because I was there for hrs without anyone even checking to see if I was having any complaints after the procedure. I will Never get another one.

    posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 2:14 PM by Tonia

    I had my gallbladder sucked clean via an ERCP proceedure. In the process, my dr perferated the common bile duct. I had 6 contrasting CTs in 6 days. 6 weeks have gone by. I'm home and on the mend, but now my hair is starting to fall out and fingernails are coming off. I,m wondering if this is from all the dye. Help?

    posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 9:10 PM by tina dailey

    Two weeks ago I had a dye contrast dye scan. My throat closed off and I couldn't breathe. Doctors had to give me 5 epinephrine shots and performed CPR on me for 4 minutes.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7:23 AM by Hether

    Hi, my name is Shelby. I had a CT scan two days ago and afterward I still had a horrible chlorine/metallic taste in my mouth and was very tired. Other than that I was fine. Today I still have that taste in my mouth as well as horrible diarrhea, nausea, and I am weak feeling. I drank three cups of dye and they also gave contrast through an IV. Im not so much worried about the diarrhea as I am the weird taste. Does anyone know why that isnt going away?

    posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:41 AM by Shelby

    to tina daily that posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 9:10 PM: 
    Please specify which part of your body was scanned, and how much mGy of radiation was for each scan.

    posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:05 AM by ali

    I had a CT Enterography done today. The 2 jars of Barium Solution was not pleasant to drink, but bearable. I did not get sick to my stomach. During the test I also had the IV contrast as does give you a bad taste in your mouth AND feel like you are wetting yourself...but that's also temporary. The only side effect that I experienced, was a headache. I went home ate something, drank a lot of water & took a nap. With all the scary posts on here, I wanted to let everyone know that sometimes it goes well.

    posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 3:41 PM by Sarah

    I am a 5'3, 110 lb, 23 yr old female. I wanted to post my CT scan experience, because I didn't read anyone else experiencing pain. I just had the scan a few hours ago and was informed that it might sting a little when the dye went in. Well, it did a lot more than sting.. it burned, very badly. I have small veins and it took 3 tries to get my IV in, so what I suspect is they actually blew my vein upon injecting the dye (since it is so much fluid at such a rapid pace.) Anyways, as the dye went in I was reeling in pain to the point where I vocalized "oh my god, ow ow www.." (and I am not a vocal person when it comes to that stuff.) I have a pretty high pain tolerance and am used to lots of tests, but this was definitely not an experience I look forward to ever having again. My arm is swollen now at the injection site which further leads me to think they did actually blow my vein. Hopefully they were able to get the results they needed from the test despite this, because I am not mentally prepared to go back for my 4th IV attempt and second round of, although short-lived, pretty intense pain. I also experienced the warming sensation through my body and the feeling that I had peed a little, but those weren't bothersome.

    posted @ Sunday, August 18, 2013 1:01 AM by Kim

    I had a ct scan yesterday. I drank the yellow stuff they gave me and then 1 hour later had the scan. I had no reactions then,. But I went home after scan and took a nap and didn't wake up until 10:00. I am a diabetic. I didn't feel very well, my feet were swelled and just didn't feel well. So I took my sugar and it read "HI",

    posted @ Saturday, August 24, 2013 10:53 AM by Andrea Baker

    Since 2005 have had regular CAT scan with contrast to check for melanoma. The only side effects were the metal taste & feeling of heat running up the arm & all over the body. From 2009 to 2011 (had three scans with contrast) we saw the big red blotches which started near left foot & appeared to travel up that leg. Doctors did not give this any mention. Last scan in 2012 with contrast felt "different". On the 2nd day those red blotches started, same places, but developed much faster, reaching the hips & buttocks all in one day. We took photos that time, to prove to the doc how bad it looked. Then I laid down to rest, hoping the dye would flush itself out like it usually did, when way down in my lower back, I felt a very unusual tingle, like the twinge of a tiny muscle. That is the very moment my whole body started to shake, or tremor. I felt deathly cold, & that made me shake even more. The harder I tried to stop, the more I shook. My sweet hubby held me in his arms for over two hours, and simply stopped. I became warm again, and was just thankful to be alive. Today, they have scheduled another CAT scan, but I have refused to take any dye, even with all their assurances that the "allergy prep" medicines will work and not let the side effects happen again. Guess that I just don't believe them anymore. They never really informed me of possible side effects, and then they never did believe me when I started to have them. We all must make choices, hopefully, informed choices. Good luck to you all.

    posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 9:35 AM by sambir65

    I had a cat scan with the IVP Dye. I knew I was highly allergic to it but my doctor forgot to put it on my chart, and I wasn't aware that I would be getting injected with IVPDye. I thought; given the fact that my doctor knew this ,that I would be getting something different. I almost died!. Immediately , I stated feeling extremely hot as if someone had set off a burning torch inside my body. I begin right way showing signs of large red hives and my throat started closing up where I could not breathe. I was grasping for air and thought every grasp was my last! I also was itching and by that time my whole body were as red as an apple( and I am black), and was so-o hot from the inside. 
    They rushed me into a room and started hooking IV's to my arm and after awhile the burning and grasping for air stopped, but the large red blotches (hives), remained for days. They kept me there for about 6 hours. By the time I left it was turning night outside.  
    Does anyone knows if there are an alternative to taking the dye? Surely, this day and time, there should be something else we can use that give the same results. ( this experience were years ago and now my doctor has suggested this iodine again even though she knows my reaction to this dye! I refused adamantly! She is trying to tell me how she will be there to counter act the reaction with 3 different meds. No WAY! This s my life we are talking about! If you don't speak up for yourself, these doctors will kill you.

    posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 4:59 PM by Queens

    Reading these comments before I had my abdominal CT scan freaked me out. I had mine today and it was fine. I was pretty anxious but it went fine and I felt fine afterwards. So do not freak out too much.

    posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 9:16 PM by Ben

    I have had CT Scans with dye in the past. Today I had the procedure again, I have had diaherra, and sick to stomach ever since. I had no reaction in the past. Wonder what was wrong this time?

    posted @ Friday, September 27, 2013 7:37 PM by Wes Evans

    Had a CT scan this morning. Right after the scan was completed, I had cramps in my stomach that made me feel quesy. The cramps got worse and got painful. I also was nauseous. The pain lasted for about 30 minutes. I was able to go home and slep for 3 hours before I felt better to get up and eat or drink anything.

    posted @ Thursday, October 03, 2013 1:37 PM by Pomaikai

    I had a ct scan a year ago on abdo/pelvic and chest. I was never told of any risks. I didn't even really need it as an usss had proved normal. It was a private hospital in Cardiff and the consultant was just covering himself as I had gastritis. That cleared up but because of him I have been suffering with so many things. I didn't have the dye. But I have reacted with keratosis spots on my body, peeling hands, sun sensitivity, blotches under my skin on my face and sagging skin, leathery looking patches on cheeks and premature aging. I am 60 years old but very fair skinned. People always thought I was only in my late 40's as I had perfect blemish free skin. My hair which was always very thick has lost its volume and is receding.My hair was my crowning glory, it breakds my heart. My hands and arms have a goose flesh look and my neck has raised skin pimples and looks awful. If the risks had been explained to me I never would have had this done. It was not necessary. I don't go out, except to work for 4 hours a day and that is hard as everyone wonders what has happended to my lovely skin and hair. I try to hide my hands when on the computer with a long sleeved cardigan. I have two children getting married and I can't see a way of being there with my face wrinkling and creasing and sagging. Has anyone else hand these effects on their skin. I have a actinic keratosis in the middle of my hand, for which the doctor today gave me an ointment. This is due to the ct scanner a year ago. Will this radiation get out of my system. I also think the cells have died under my skin, so new cells are not being renewed. Does anyone know what I can do to restore the damaged collagen. I also feel unwell with tingling in the head. I feel it has affected signals in the brain as an MRI showed abnormal foci signals. I am so worried as I was such a healthy attractive person before. Now I can't go shopping, or socialise, my quality of life is zilch. Can someone give me hope. I would like to sue through a solicitor, does anyone know of a good medical legal solicitor. My heart goes out to you all who are suffering from this awful radiation, which we should never have had, unless its life or death.

    posted @ Monday, October 07, 2013 7:27 PM by amber

    Does anyone actually read this blog? With all the reactions and this person posting today about not wanting to go outside? Who is blog handled by? Do doctors, anyone in the medical field look at this? I feel we are just posting so we cna learn from each other(which is good, don't get me wrong) but it would be nice if someone in medical "authority" would read these comments!

    posted @ Wednesday, October 09, 2013 3:27 PM by Holly

    I had it done yesterday, everything was explained to me I had to sign a waiver. A little thickness in throat and cheast. Warm pee sensation. This morn my back aches like my kidneys hurt? I smashed my finger 4 days ago it aches. My joints feel a little sore. I still have that funny taste:( going to drink lots of water to try to get it out!! I was very nervous as I had suffered from hives for 14 mths after s sulpha drug reaction. Skin is a little itchy. Hoping it will settle.

    posted @ Saturday, October 19, 2013 10:09 AM by Vicki Le Riche

    I had a contrast dye injection for a CT scan. I had a severe a strong fear that time, i was injected a single dose for a skin test but unfortunately my veins was ruptured during the test and it was painful and bulging reaction.After several times of testing the procedure was done but my whole body felt very heavy, I felt dull and sick and had a whole body pain and and I also had fever. I really did feel dreadful and was left with a very back headache.

    posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:53 AM by Louisse

    I had a CT scan yesterday, my second one in about 4 months, no reactions so far, didn't have any problems with the first one. Only thing I don't like about it is the dye going in, gives you a warm rush through your body, but it only lasts a minute or so, not too bad really.

    posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:19 PM by Martina

    I had a CT scan scheduled this morning for swollen lymph nodes in my neck. The practitioner said she was going to start a dye IV. I did not know and was not previously informed this was part of the procedure. I asked, "Could that be dangerous?" She said, "Yes." I walked out. Why risk ones life for a swollen lymph node?

    posted @ Tuesday, November 05, 2013 6:09 PM by Bob Godeaux

    I had a CT scan with contrast 5 days ago as I was having severe abdominal and lower back pain. I was discharged from the ER an hour later as no cause was found. Subsequently I developed severe chills and shaking although I did not have a fever. Every day since the scan I have been lightheaded constantly. No one informed me about possible side effects from the dye, but it was probably summarized on paper that I signed without reading. When one is in pain, who has the wherewithal to read and comprehend the legalese. I was in such a hurry for the medical staff to make my pain go away. I'm off of work for another 4 days now because of the lightheadedness. Will never willingly have contrast dye used again.

    posted @ Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:16 PM by ADKLADY

    Had ct with contrast done on abdominal, was fine befor scan but shortly after was and still am experiencing pressure surges in my r side of chest along with pain....also have had R lung transplant 3 yrs ago...everything been going great till ct scan...anyone have similar experience?....hoping and praying it will just scared to go in!!

    posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 1:47 PM by Joanne Ray

    I had an MRI yesterday. Was there to make sure I have nothing wrong with my breast implants, since I am a survivor of breast cancer. They were aware that I am diabetic and taking the 5 yr chemo pill as well. Was never told of any side effects. Right when the 1st liquid was injected into my IV, I got this nasty metal taste in my mouth. This triggered a feeling I would feel when I was going through chemo 2 yrs ago. I wasn’t sure about the feeling and didn’t realize I was feeling nausea. I got loopy after a while. During the MRI got massive hot flashes, didn’t worry too much about those since that is a side effect of the chemo pill I take. While lying in the tube I would open my eyes and I would feel a burning sensation, so I kept my eyes closed. I could feel my eyes watering and was unable to move. Once the MRI was done, I got up and felt very dizzy and loopy. Had a horrible night was feeling tingly all over, very anxious, sore, loopy, eyes still burning, head ache. I checked my blood before I went to sleep they looked good, but when I woke up they were 20 points higher. Don’t know if this stuff did anything to spike my sugars up. This morning I am very sluggish and have a weird sensation to my body. I researched side effects for diabetics. It stated to avoid taking Metformin 48 hrs before and after the injection. No one said nothing about that… So well see how long it takes for me to get to normal.

    posted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 12:06 PM by Cynthia

    I had a CT scan two days ago. You do have to fast prior to the exam, only water. The dye you drink is about 24oz that they flavor for you. You have to get it all down in 15 minutes.  
    Then you wait an hour. In my case, they took a scan, then did IV contrast and took another scan. 
    The IV contrast can give you a chemical taste in your mouth, and make you flush with heat all over. In me, I immediately felt heat directly in the back of my throat. The next thing I felt was heat in my groin.  
    When you read that it's a sensation like you are peeing yourself on the table, that's exactly what it feels like. But it's just heat. It passes in a couple of minutes.  
    The day following, I was sick to my stomach and drank only fluids. But I had an abdominal CT, so my digestion was already screwed up in the first place. I slept.  
    Two days later, I have a bad headache and a sore throat (where the IV dye had given me a heated sensation), but my guts feel better.  
    I assume that my doctor would not have broken out the CT unless he was at a loss to diagnose my symptoms. Three MRIs came back without useful results, so hopefully, this will tell us more.

    posted @ Sunday, December 01, 2013 1:44 PM by Dee > McC

    Brain tumours removed in 97 & 02. No problems in the years since with over 20 MRIs and CT scans with contrast. Today I had my two year check up MRI scan and as soon as the contrast was administered the typical metal in mouth was felt and then I got hot and pulse raced, skin irritation, nausea. Went very red and red eyes. Very faint and had to lie down after sitting up. I have never been affected like this before. Doctor said it was side effects then when I had low BP and pulse of 95, sats 95 (BP usually spot on and pulse 65, sats 99) he said it could be a reaction. I lay there for an hour and left feeling very unwell. I'm OK now +6 hours, just very tired. I suspect I cant have the contrast again but will ask the neurosurgeon when I see him in four days. Hopefully he will say "no tumour & no more scans". Wish me luck. Hope someone can use this info. Happy to answer any questions.

    posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:20 AM by Josh Gordon


    posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:56 AM by SALLY LITTLETON

    I just had my CT Scan this morning and everything was as they said with feeling a warm sensation when the dye was injected. It was when I walked out and went to the bathroom is when the pain hit. My center back around my spine felt like someone was pushing a knife into my back. I sat down and was OK after about 1/2 hour.

    posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 5:32 PM by Wendell Farrell

    I had an MRI on 12/10/13 for cervical radiculitis. I went to wrok the next day and worked my full shift. Right at the end of my shift I started vomiting after feeling queasy and having tremors. I drove home and had to pull over 3 times to vomit. The light started messing with my head, made me dizzy and I swayed in and out of traffic, almost rear end a vehicle. Dr. said it was not usual and put me on 10 hr vomiting observation. I had one 5 yrs ago both with contrast but different reactions

    posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 8:27 AM by Pam

    Went for first CT with dye last friday. Instruction were to drink plenty of water and no food 4 hours before which I did. Tech ran saline to check the line prior to the dye. Felt warmth, metallic taste in my mouth and warm sensation in the groin. Two days later woke up with what looks like a heat rash upper legs, stomach and chest.

    posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:40 AM by Diana

    I had a CT scan Arpil 2003 with no problems. I just had another CT scan Wednesday, February 12, 2014. After the test I went to relieve my full bladder and I got an excruciating headache in the back of my head and back of my neck. They had me sit and drink water and said this is not a normal side effect and acted like there was nothing they could do for me. Finally after 15 minutes I felt better but had a small headache and I left. Thursday at work I went to urinate and again it was like all my blood went to my head but could not drain back fast enough and my headache was back. Same thing happened at work on Friday. Friday night at a restaurant same thing. Saturday morning I tried not to lean forward but having a bowel movement same thing happened. I called the doctor on call and he said I have never heard of this symptom in my 20 years, if you are concerned you should go to the ER. I started feeling better after time has elapsed just a headache so I will wait until Monday to talk to my doctor. I can feel the blood pumping in the back of my neck and head when this happens. I am thankful to read this website to read many people have had the severe headache. I have been drinking huge amounts of water. They injected in my arm Isovue 300 (61%) 100 cc which has iodine and saline solution and is the drug Iopamidol. I do not know the radiation dose. I had this CT because I have blood in my urine with no other problems. It was benign in 2003. I will let you know when the headache from bending over stops hopefully soon. Laying down in bed does not give me a headache but feels good.

    posted @ Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:49 PM by Kathie

    The last time I got a CT with contrast was in 2012 and that was to find out if blood clots in my lungs have cleared. I never had a problem, but this time was different. My throat felt really tight, gace me banadryl and I was better. Just 2 days ago I had to get a CT scan with contrast again, told the hospital that I had a reaction to it. They prepped me with prednisone for 12 hours and 30 minutes prior gave me 50mg of benadryl. Went for my scan and the only thing I remember is my heart racing, a severe headache- like my head was going to explode- then I was gone. Apparently rapid response was called and not sure what they gave me. Now I have to get this CT once again in a few months to check the process of the clots. I'm trying to figure out why are they going to chance it again with the contrast medium.

    posted @ Friday, February 28, 2014 9:29 PM by Sharon H

    I've had 5 MRI and CT scans combine done in a year period each one with the dye contrast.  
    Im always nervous about the moment they push it through my IV. So far nothing painful as happened. I just had my 5th one done today and for whatever reason it just didn't feel right. I've always experienced the warm sensation but this was REALLY warm, I was sweating I was so hot. and where they put my IV (Im young 25 and have horrid veins) was inside my upper left arm (no problem with that right!) well... after the scan was done and I was released I noticed my arm becoming very sore. Im bruising up which I figured with the IV placement but you can see the bruise running up my arm into my chest! Its very tender to touch and its swollen. No idea if thats normal. Like I said it didnt hurt when the injected it fast!

    posted @ Saturday, March 01, 2014 2:07 AM by Ashleigh Melendez

    Hi all.. I just did my MRI test today's morning and I feel terrible about it. Staying inside the machine for almost 3 hours and the effect of contrast injection are pretty bad on me. I feel very nauseous and dizzy right after the contrast being injected and up to the moment I write this comment (almost 12hours post MRI), I still feel nauseous and dizzy, and my heart rate is 120, I feel a bit breathless especially on exertion. I don't know how the people who has to do MRI more than once face all of the process and the side effects. For me, once is more than enough.

    posted @ Monday, March 03, 2014 8:49 AM by amirul

    Had a Cardiac MRI yesterday with Gadovist. The first part of the MRI was fine until they injected the gad. Felt like someone was choking me, a very cold burning sensation in the injection arm, felt it go round my body and face felt like it was swelling badly although looked ok apparently. Felt immediately very nauseous and they stopped the scan so I ended up having about 7/8 of the contrast for nothing. Got home and have felt nauseous ever since. Tried going to the shop today and my legs are very shaky and I feel dizzy and have no energy. Have been drinking water to try and flush it out. I don't think I would have this again, I am a very allergic person though so it might be ok for people who aren't as sensitive. The other issues are stiffness in left calf when walking and waves of acidy nausea. 
    I don't believe their published statistics!

    posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:12 PM by Jacob

    I had an MRI with contrast last week. The procedure went fine, I actually found the experience interesting and relaxing. About 6 hours later a tremor developed, it started in my hands but within a half hour, my entire body was shaking; imagine the characters of 'On Golden Pond' gone wild. I was concerned, but focused on getting to the pharmacy and then home. I probably shouldn't have driven. Once I arrived home my loved ones freaked out, they wanted to call an ambulance. Lots of water and and hour of walking brought me back to normal.

    posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 10:54 AM by Earl Anderson

    Had a car accident and when to hospital on Dec 3rd 2013 warren county . They did a cat scan 2wice of my brain. and once of my chest. Today is march 19th 2014 and My Lymph Glands are swollen under my neck.  

    posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:21 PM by Ted T

    I have been getting an MRI with contrast annually for 4 years. First one-no problem; second-no problem; third one-trouble breathing similar to asthma. Fourth one was three days ago. Hematoma at the injection site, same trouble breathing, then light headed and dry heaves. This lasted about an hour; however, I haven't felt good overall. Mostly just sleepy.

    posted @ Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:55 PM by Barb

    Thank you for the valuable information. I was recommended by urologist to have CT Scan with contrast done for me to see the problem In my kidney as I've been urinating with blood for a week now. Reading all these comments already gives me an opinion about the contrast. I have made my decision. I AM NOT LETTING THEM INJECT THAT THING INTO MY BLOOD. I have more faith in a miracle than in a CT Scan.

    posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:36 AM by Mariya

    had a ct scan with dye caused 8min 
    of Severe Pain in both kidneys and 
    bladder area.horiffic pain passing 
    the no. 10 threshold 
    march 20/2014

    posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 10:32 AM by sab

    Had ct with contrast yesterday. Note on door stated patients need to wait for 1 hour after and sign before leaving in case of adverse reaction to the dye. 
    I had immediate reaction with sickness, retching, pressure in chest and throat swelling up. Nurse said she hadn't seen these reactions before. (Usually have a rash if any reaction). 
    Wasn't asked to sign anything when I left. Couldn't get away quickly enough. It was horrendous. Throat still a bit swollen 8 hours later and voice still hoarse. 
    A quick search on google shows just how common this is.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 09, 2014 5:11 AM by Ray

    I had a CAT Scan done two days ago and that night I had severe itching in pubic area. I went to the doctor the next day because I thougt that I had a yeast infection..the doctor gave me medicine to treat a yeast infection..well the follwing morning I noticed a red rash in my inner thighs. forearm,neck and abdomen and my vagina is swollen twice it back to the doctor I go 

    posted @ Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:14 AM by Sabrina

    I had a contrast dye injection for a cardio CT scan, and i am on Kidney Dialysis. The Tech asked me when I go to Dialysis again I told him tomorrow, nothing else was said to me. When they injected the dye I could immediately feel heat in my testicles. The next day I slept until 12:00 in the afternoon. I felt extremely tired after the Dialysis was completed I was exhausted, had a bad headackes, bad cramping in my stomach, and severe pain in the muscles of my neck, plus i slept for an additional 6 1/2 hours.

    posted @ Friday, May 02, 2014 3:55 AM by Joe Bertuzzi

    Last year I went in for a CT scan w/ contrast. I only had one CT scan w/contrast prior. Just after injection of the dye I suffered from anaphylaxis. My heart stopped, I stopped breathing. A 'Code Blue' was called and I was put on life support. After 45 minutes they were able to get my heart beating on its own. I was in ICU for 4 days and out of commission for 4 more weeks. I died and they brought me back.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 3:46 PM by Susan Sherman

    I have today had a ct scan and had a contrast injection at spire, I had read these comments prior to my scan and was absolutely terrified because 99% of the the comments are negative, I nedd not have worried because it was an absolute breeze, there was absolutely no reason whatsoever for me to have got myself so worked up I would have one again tomorrow - no problem!

    posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:38 PM by Lisa

    I had a CT Scan 11 days ago. As the dye was going into my veins, I immediately felt intense burning in my genital area and in my buttocks and upper legs. It is now, and I still feel like I have the worst UTI ever, I developed a fever yesterday. I still cannot sit, walk, or stand to wear clothing. And my doctor is too busy to see me or talk to me. The nurse says take wasn't due to the CT, and they can see me in a month.

    posted @ Friday, May 30, 2014 3:46 PM by Diana

    Hi...I just had a CT about two hours ago with the contrast dye. No issues whatsoever. The tech did inform me that I would feel hot, have a metallic taste in the back of my throat and possibly feel like I had peed myself. Therefore when I experienced these symptoms during the test, I wasn't alarmed at all. Also, although not something I would choose on a daily basis ;- ) The BANANA SMOOTHIE flavor of the pre prep drinks wasn't bad at all. If you have an option on the prep you need to drink at home, I'd definitely recommend that. Refridgerate it when you get it, and it really wasn't horrible.  

    posted @ Thursday, June 05, 2014 9:06 AM by Dee

    I've had this test done three times so far, with no issues. Sounds to me that many of you aren't being told to increase your fluid intake, after the procedure. Many of us do not drink enough during the day and this contrast gets flushed out through our kidneys. So you should be continuously drinking after this CT with contrast. I had my latest yesterday and from the time it was over, til bedtime I must have drank 12 glasses of water. The only symptom I do have, that I could associate with the test, is a sore throat.

    posted @ Saturday, June 07, 2014 8:05 AM by Cindy J

    I had a CT scan yesterday morning. That night I noticed a rash on my chest, neck and face with welps starting to come up on my face. Woke up this morning with a swollen throat but was able to breathe. Welps on the face have gotten worse, mostly on the eyelids and bridge of the nose. I look like I have a terrible sunburn on my neck. I am taking Benedryl to combat the hives and rash, but it has yet to start working. The Doctor said I'm allergic to the dye. I'll warn other family members of my misery, in case they ever have to have a CT scan. I'll never have dye injected to my body again.

    posted @ Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:26 PM by Linda

    I've had about 5 CT scans with iodine in the last year, which were all fine. This time I think they were trying to get better images (liver cancer) and maybe used more and put it in faster; I did feel really hot! in face. About 8 hours later I felt quite itchy, then when going to bed saw I was red (like sunburn) in arms, chest, legs. Had a shower and gave it the hot water treatment, gradually turning down the cold, which always takes the itch out for at least 12 hours. The next day, now, redness and itchiness less. Felt quite crook really most of day, but getting better. 
    Next time I will try to get them to take into account weight of my clothes and drink more afterwards. 
    For those worried about all the negative comments her, remember that most people as I did, are not going to come here after a non eventful CT scan. Why bother? 
    according to one site there are about 62 million CT scans in the USA each year. So reactions are fairly rare.

    posted @ Saturday, June 28, 2014 5:59 AM by fred

    I had a CT scan 3 days ago and though I haven't had any hives or itching, I have the worst headache of my entire life. It feels as though the top and back of my head will explode at any second and NOTHING I am taking or doing is helping. This is the first headache since I had a heatstroke a decade ago that is actually making me cry. 
    The tech did warn me about the "heated" effect, but I wasn't prepared for my genitals to feel as if someone were holding a really hot heating pad to me.

    posted @ Saturday, June 28, 2014 2:15 PM by Anna

    I have had 2 ct scans within the last year and had the dye injected intraveneously. I had severe itching in my arms for weeks after this but the real worry is I have been tired, exhausted and forgetful over the past weeks since my release from hospital. I am awaiting tests back from blood taken for thyroid. I have been shocked at the link with thyroid problems and CT scans

    posted @ Monday, July 07, 2014 12:23 PM by Tim Campbell

    had two ct scans with contrast dye last year, both of the ct scans they were training a new person , and injected the dye into a muscle in my arm, the first time they put a wrap of some type around it like an ajax bandage, the second time they put an ice pack on it, over a year later my arm still hurts, is sensitive to heat and cold and I have to take strong opioids to stop the pain, they didn't tell me anything about the possibilities of this before sticking me, and why are they training on me ,without asking! this hospital in quincy illinois should be closed down, they lost a certification this year, and it's no wonder , they don't sterilize your skin before jabbing you with a needle, I also have red spots on the palm of my hand on the side they injected the dye into.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 09, 2014 11:28 PM by Elaine

    I had a reaction to dye years ago. I had to go get a CT of my kidney today and my daughter who is a CT tech told me that you can be premedicated. Benedryl and prednisone that the doctor did order for me so that I could take it before the contrast. I had no issues. The contrast has changed in the last 9 years also. So consider taking premedication if you think there might be an issue and you may have to do like I did and ask your doctor for it. Also check your order, mine was wrong, they ordered a pelvic which would not have shown the kidney. Call the place where you are going the day before and make sure the order is right. No one wants to do it over and pay for it twice! This happens more than it should.

    posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 12:35 AM by Debbie Brooks Riffel

    i had an mri 2 years ago and they gave me the gadolinium dye and it caused a very severe reaction, i died, they gave me the padles and i had to have echmo for a week while i was in a coma. 
    i had a CT scan today and i have red bumps everywhere idk what dye they used but im allergic to that too

    posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:41 PM by Gabi

    I had the IV dye for CT scan on Wednesday. Besides the typical side effect of feeling very warm and thinking you've peed on yourself ( it last less than one min) it was really fine. 
    The radiologist told me 4 out of 10,000 people have a bad reaction so keep in mind most people who are commenting are sharing bad experiences.

    posted @ Sunday, August 03, 2014 1:56 PM by Christina

    I had a ct scan with contrast. After I got home about an hour later, I started shivering and was very cold. I checked that these don't seem to be common reactions......

    posted @ Saturday, August 09, 2014 7:36 PM by Carol

    I had a CT scan with contrast yesterday. I was suprised that the nurse that took me in wanted to insert a canular on my hand. She did not even explain what it was for. I thought she had gotten it wrong until I got into the scaaning room when the tech explained that she would give me a dose of IV iodine and something to aid the screening. When that was administered, I felt a hot flash throughout my body and thought I was peeing on myself. However, it lasted only for the time I was being examined. Today, I feel slopish and my mouth is dry. I also noticed some blood-tinged mucous in one of my nostrils. I hope I will be fine.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:28 AM by Yve

    I had an MRI brain scan last week with dye. I have multiple sclerosis. I have had one about 15 years ago and I was fine. But this one lasted 1 hour. While I was in the scanner my head felt like it was vibrating and I got a sudden vibrating feeling in my eyes that made me feel weird. This happened a few times. I put it down the the vibrations. But now a week on I still keep experiencing the same feeling every so often. It feels like a shudder in my head, I have to tense myself til it goes. It only lasts about 2 seconds or so. Anyone experienced this.  
    Thank you

    posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 2:31 PM by Laura jay

    The contrast always makes me nauseous and depending on the technician, the nausea passes very quickly, or I end up vomiting (like yesterday's scan - good thing I fasted!). Another side effect: sometimes I will wet my pants. Of all the procedures I've had to go through for cancer, CT scans are one of my least favourite!

    posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:28 AM by Judy

    I have had more than 15 Cat Scan and as many MRIs in the last 3 years to  
    evaluate cancer progress or remission. I have never had a reaction to the 
    contrast dye that is administered into 
    my Medi-port.

    posted @ Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:56 PM by Judy Siegel

    I had a CT scan of my neck w/o dye yesterday afternoon. It took only five minutes and I was very relaxed and in a very comfortable position as well. About ten to fifteen minutes after it was done, I suddenly had a migraine like pain at the back of my head. I never had any migraine before. Since then it happened every now and then. I hope it will go away soon. Nobody had mentioned about this side effect to me before.

    posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:28 AM by Yibing Wang

    Great post! I am currently experiencing some negative side effects from an MRI with contrast today and this was very informative to let me know what I am experiencing others are too.

    posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 12:34 AM by Nerium

    Had CT with contrast last since then have felt semi heavy pressure in pelvic region like when u r 9 months pregnant. I feel like I have to urinate all of the time and I also experience pressure when I urinate. This is totally strange but it did start 1 hour after scan. I would appreciate an email from female has experienced the same thing.

    posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:48 AM by Darlene

    I have had the same experience as Darlene. I feel heavy pressure in pelvic area & the need to pee all the time even after I pee the feeling is still there. This is now the 2nd day. Unusual because this is my 5th CT w/contrast & it hasn't happened before.

    posted @ Sunday, September 21, 2014 7:33 AM by Peggy Lussier

    I had a brain MRI last friday Sep 26 2104, the nurse handed a questionnaire, but it not say it was for the Iv contrast. when i was ready fro my mri i noticed that i was gonna have an IV, i am afraid of needles so quickly i asked her, why i was gonna have an IV in my arm, she explained that was better for doctors to detect if it was something bad in my brain, so i said ok.She told me that " if you feel some burning of pain stop me. I felt something weird at the middle of the test which the test is about 45 minutes long.When i was done, i felt, dizzy, off-balance,nausea, cold, i shaking, my fingers were tickling both my hands and toes. I could not see very well, it was a weird sensation. The nurses were freaking out, they did not know what to do. They kept me in a wheelchair for a couple minutes until the radiologist came just to tell me that the contrast had nothing to do with all the weird things that i was feeling. He said to me, " You have something else you should go to the ER now, you might have something else. for sure, i will never will let anyone touch my arms and allow them to stick a needle on my arm.Doctors dont know anything, i would died that night.

    posted @ Monday, September 29, 2014 5:59 PM by zoila

    Was premeditated with benadryl and predisone for 1week prior to ct scan...I am allergic to iodine...25 years ago when I had a ct scan, I stopped breathing and was on artificial respiration....doctors told me things had changed. ..when premeditated there has never been a report of a reaction.. Well I had another ct scan 6 months ago....felt like fire going through my veins....then my throat closed...given tons of med to start breathing again...then hospitalized.....will never have ct scan again...... 
    Recently had MRI...told no iodine....when injected, felt metallic taste in my mouth, then very nauseous, then throat felt tight.....still have tightness in my throat....affected my urinating too....these dyes have very serious side effects and I was not warned of them....

    posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 11:53 PM by Eileen

    three days ago I had a cat scan with both the contrast dye and barium. I was able to drive home after the test at 9 am and ate breakfast after which I fell sound asleep and didn't wake up until 3 pm. The next two days I went to work and had hot flashes. I am a 69 year old post menopausal woman and never had hot flashes like these when I went through menopause. Has anyone else experienced this?

    posted @ Friday, November 21, 2014 11:56 AM by Kathy

    I had the iodine injection for a bone scan on Monday. Between the Injection and the scan my throat got really sore. By the end of the night I felt really tired. Tuesday I was really congested and still sore throat. I asked them about it when I picked up the scans but they just said there are no reactions and that I must have the flu. Saw doc in arvo and he said I must have the flu. Got home from docs and ended up throwing up then running a fever. Wednesday still felt really bad (also have headaches). Today is Thursday and my head feels like it's going to explode from the back right side and i'm still really congested. Ugh .. coincidence or not?

    posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:36 PM by Mel

    Had CT scan yesterday. There was some uncertainty about me having an IV iodine allergy since my mother had it. No one wanted to do the scan with contrast last year so I had it without which diagnosed pancreatitis, but I also have fibroids and history of endometriosis and ovarian cysts pre menopausal. The front desk person scheduled the appointment at their affiliated hospital because the local imaging clinic would not do it. I asked not to do the 3 day prednisone prep since I do not tolerate steroids well. On the day of the CTscan I took a Xanax (anti-anxiety med), Benadryl, and an anti nausea medication left over from a previous surgery. I had no problems to speak of during he scan, experiencing the warmth as informed by the nurse who had inserted the needle without incident. My throat started itching which is what my brother's used to do fom allergies as a child. I could feel the tingling in my lips and warmth but not intolerable. I also take Claratin daily for my own seasonal allergies as a preventative measure. So now it appears that the veins under my tongue are dark, swollen, and tender. Will contact my doctor tomorrow since today is a holiday. I do wonder if I had not been the squeaky wheel would they have given me enough attention, especially if I had had a bad allergic reaction. The first person to take me back to the prep room turned me over to a nurse who was returning from lunch in 15 minutes. He did not seem to know much of anything and I certainly did not want him doing the IV. Sounds like reactions, whether allergic or other, are common and imaging centers are not equipped for a life threatening emergency. I'm glad I had it done in a hospital setting as I have had bad vaso vagal reactions to injections, blood draws, and invasive procedures. Medical personnel seem to under estimate the physical trauma of feeling dizzy, passing out, nausea, and a cold sweat. It feels so bad, like I would rather die than endure the sensations. No headache or joint pain so far. Hoping for a positive result making it worth the anxiety. The stuff we drink and the IV contrast must be some pretty toxic sh.t, right? If you have allergies to shellfish or become sick from eating too much fish, beware. I don't know why more physicians do not prescribe anti nausea meds other than they are super expensive. So like I say, wishing for a clean bill of health for the new year. You are all so brave to face these procedures to diagnose or cure so many nasty illnesses. May God bless you and comfort and heal you.

    posted @ Friday, January 02, 2015 2:46 AM by Vera

    I have an MRI with contrast, scheduled for 01/09/15.The Dr. has n 
    ot advised me of any potential side effects .I have done my own research and am willing to procure a more conservative approach . 

    posted @ Thursday, January 08, 2015 10:54 PM by DMARA

    I had an MRI with contrast in 2011 given as a shot. No reaction at all. In Jan 2015 I had a CT scan without and with contrast. I had plenty of fluids beforehand and the dye was administered through an IV. I felt the warmth feeling that was predicted (no feeling of urinating, though). I have not experienced any ill effects. They warned me to keep drinking fluids as constipation was a problem sometimes. I was already suffering with problems such as diarrhea, mucus, soft stools, gas, stomach ache and for two days those problems all went away. I thought I was over the flu or whatever was causing it, but apparently as the dye's effects wore off, those problems all returned, even worse! If it weren't for the effects on the kidneys, I would take some more of that dye - it worked quite well.

    posted @ Monday, January 12, 2015 8:05 AM by JDubya

    I have had the dye several times I have returned to the hospital with hives and burning in my hands and feet I recently was diagnose with Mitchell diese I continue with help on this rare type issues recently spoke to someone who told me he was had the same problem it seem I have and his doctor after many years said it came from the dye before the ct scan so I wanted to know has anyone else doctor maybe said similar things ?

    posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 10:17 PM by Jason Torres

    My friend had a High Density CT scan in June of last year, ever since then he's been feeling 'weird' and has had off and on dizzy spells since. And now it seems that things are getting worse with the dizziness. He also hasn't been getting proper rest and has stress issues. He thinks the CT scan may have given him problems, and even visited his doctor requesting a MRI, which has yet to happen. If anyone has any suggestions or could be of assistance, Please send a reply... 

    posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 6:13 PM by Dean

    I had a CT today, and drank the barium the evening before the test and an hour before the morning of. I have been in and out of the bathroom all morning horrible stomachache. My stomach sounds like it has a bomb going off in it.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:19 PM by Trisha

    I had the dye injection with an MRI scan yesterday. I seemed to be fine but then at midnight I suddenly felt really bad. Really hot and I had to go and lie down, I did feel a bit faint and shaky but luckily I am fine this morning, so maybe just a slight reaction, sounds like I am one of the lucky ones! I googled it to see if this was a common reaction. I had taken my usual drugs at bedtime so maybe they reacted with the injection, although there was a 9 hour gap since I had the injection. I'm glad I didnt google it before I had the test as I would have been really worried seeing all the adverse comments.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:46 AM by ann baxter

    My wife recentltly died after having a reaction to ct scan contrast dye which shut down her kidneys not allowing her to have a Blood Transfusion.She had been taken to hospital with a fractured Pelvis .The need for a blood transfusion was identified long before the ct scan as ordered. Should they have done the Bllod Transfusion first knowing there was risk with ct scan dye.

    posted @ Saturday, February 07, 2015 4:57 PM by Bill Power

    I got an MRI today with contrast dye. I felt a little dizzy afterwards but immediately after I left the facility, walking down the hallway, I got the worst abdominal cramps, nausea and I was lightheaded. I have had an MRI done in the past with no symptoms afterwards. I nearly passed out!The pain in my stomach was unbearable. As of now, 6 hours later, I have a rash around my eyes and I am still nauseous. I hope this goes away soon because I hate feeling this way.

    posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 6:31 PM by Jennifer

    Two weeks ago I had an abdominal/chest CT scan and a brain MRI. Had barium and iodine IV contrast for the CT scan. With the barium contrast, you drink about a liter of the liquid (which tastes like slightly chalky, weak kool-aid) - no reactions other than a very gurgly stomach. The iodine IV contrast for the CT scan starts out feeling very cold as it flows through your arm, and then you feel an intense heat travel through your body very quickly (and yes, it does make you have the sensation that you wet your pants, but don't worry it goes away very quickly). The contrast for the MRI is not iodine, and I could not feel anything when that was started. The MRI machine is very noisy and vibrates, it did not feel claustrophobic to me, it was similar to being in a tanning bed. I had a CT scan of my neck today, and directly following the iodine IV contrast I had a series of strong heart palpitations. The staff observed me for a few minutes, after which I felt fine and went home.

    posted @ Friday, February 20, 2015 10:24 PM by Claire

    i had an mri scan with dye for my lower back. 2 days later was rushed into hospital due to having a 2 fits which were similar to an epilepsy fit but i do not suffer from epilepsy? manage to bite my tongue in the process. doc says side affects caused this as i do not and never have suffered with epilepsy? now have to go for a cat scan on me head? i have also come out in red dots all over me and feel sick and drained all the time?

    posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:55 PM by robert

    I had th CT scan for my heart, I also am a peripheral neuropathy sufferer. The next day after the contrast, I had major pain in the neck and arm that the introvienous solution was given. I also have the eye and right side of my face numb. I can tell it was from the IV as I felt as God as normal prior to the solution. Why would only half my face and eye go numb? It is all the same side as where administered. I have had the test in the past ms I seem to remember the pain associated with it after the test like the next day. I am wondering why the mayo clinic did not find simular results??

    posted @ Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:50 PM by Greg Hood

    I had A gadolinium MRI two years ago and ever since I have orange coloration on my lower legs

    posted @ Wednesday, April 01, 2015 5:35 PM by florence

    I had a CT scan done yesterday. During the procedure I felt fine but about 3 hours afterward I became nauseated and my eyes were very bloodshot. I threw up several times and spent the rest of the day sleeping. I was so weak I could not get up and that lasted until this morning.

    posted @ Friday, April 17, 2015 6:22 AM by Marcia

    Had CT scan to check out progress of pulmonary embolism being treated with coumediene. Within one-half hour I had severe shaking and needed emergency care at the hospital. The episode lasted about two hours, but I stayed in hospital for two days undergoing a battery of blood tests with a constant intravenous injection of saline water. Diagnosis: dehydrated, racing heart, high pulse,very pale, extreme constipation for three days, and creatine off scale. Cause not determined, but Doc thought it was the CT contrast.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:02 PM by Bshap

    I had angiogram with contrast dye with iodine in beginning of March. I have Graves' disease. You're not supposed to get iodine when you're hyperthyroid. I didn't know I was getting iodine and that it could hurt me. No one told me. I itched severely for 2-4 weeks then got worse. In and out of ER four times. Finally went to northwestern in Chicago. Almost went into thyroid storm. Bedridden, dozens of meds per day, huge goiter, tremors constant, weak, heart palpitations, it goes on and on. I guess if the doctor would have read my chart he would have been alerted to my précis ting condition and explained the risks and if I agreed at least I could have been monitored. Docs say this will continue two to three months. Then I have to have my thyroid gland removed. Lesson learned. RESARCH EVERY PROCEDURE BEFORE YOU GET IT. RESAERCH IT YOURSELF!!!

    posted @ Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:19 PM by Joyce nagel

    Had CT scan with contrast 3 days ago. I was told that I would Feel the warm sensation when dye pushed through IV and perhaps the feeling of needing to pee. Unfortunately the affects I felt were more.  
    I felt a huge amount of heat through the head, which passed down my body to my upper legs, stopping at the knees, weird but true. The heat I am talking about was like a scalding effect. After the test I started drinking a decent amount of water for rest of day/evening.  
    Slept well that night, but in the morning I woke up with a face like a melon, my eyes were puffy and almost closed and my lips were numb. I began to feel weird, like very hot and tender skin(as in a sunburn) and very itchy. The swelling in my face started to diminish during the day but face & stomach were red as a beetroot, itchy & hot to the touch. It is wise not touch the itchy skin as this seems to make it worst. The hot burning skin feeling continued to get worse during that day & overnight. By around midnight, I felt like hell.  
    I took some medication for hives & itchy skin rash with limited success. 
    I will post more info when I solve this problem, but time and plenty of water seems the best cure. 
    Good luck to those of you who are getting a CT scan performed. You maybe in the higher percentage that feels no significant side effects. Maybe!

    posted @ Monday, May 18, 2015 12:52 AM by Graham Wilkinson

    i had my CT scan today, i am not feeling well at all. i am feeling sick, dizzy, headache and my ears keeps on getting warm,.. i have had the worst experience today. 4 time they took to fine my vein and when they did it was painful,,,, i thought i was dying today,... did not like it at all.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:02 AM by Netta

    Had a scan Friday. Skin rash now, face & head hot and face very swollen. Think I'll run over to CVS for an antihistamine. Don't want to sit in Urgent Care for 6 hours.

    posted @ Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:47 AM by Bill

    I to was not about the side effects from the dye. 
    Only that I would feel the dye go in my arm and cold, and I would get really hot and felt like I had peed myself, all this did happen. But that night I started to feel sick, got up the next morning went to work .... But I felt bad really sick very hot and eyes felt really heavy did not know how to keep them open and felt more sick as the morning went on by 12 I had to go home .. And I'm now laying on the sofa typing this 😟

    posted @ Thursday, June 25, 2015 7:20 AM by Jane Turrell

    If you have been injured by MRI contrast dye a/k/a gadolinium-based contrast agents check out the article on ProPublica "Left in the Brain: Potentially Toxic Residue from MRI Drugs". If you want to learn more check out Facebook Group called Gadolinium-induced systemic fibrosis.

    posted @ Friday, June 26, 2015 5:55 PM by Marcie

    had ct & pet scan. they put dye in my body. later that day knee pain and swelling in both knees I can hardly walk. its been two days still can't hardly walk due to swollen knees and ankles. also have stomach cramps and pure appetite. knees still swollen and feeling hot to the touch.

    posted @ Saturday, June 27, 2015 5:05 PM by trish

    My husband has a fistula which was coiled and glued several months ago. Since Dec of 2014 he has had at least 10 ct scans with dye. most were on his head two chest one leg. I'm concerned about the amount of dye he is being exposed to. Several years ago he had a blood clot in his head and he is on thinners since but all was good until the fistula and he is getting all these scans using dye. I know they are necessary but what are the risks? Is this to many. He is a 61 year old male otherwise healthy.

    posted @ Thursday, July 02, 2015 8:39 AM by Mary

    I had my CT scan 4 days ago & it like a nightmare. 
    I felt dizzy within 1 minutes of the iodine injection. 
    I don't remember much after that 
    except waking up with a doctor pushing an oxygen mask on my face - 
    someone else holding my legs up - 
    someone else yelling my name into my ear. 
    There was a whole crowd of people all around me. 
    The next thing I remember is being in the emergency ward having probes put all over my chest. 
    Apparently I fainted on the table & they revived me with oxygen. 
    It was a traumatic experience & the hospital 
    gave me no information about what happened other than saying I 
    was unresponsive. 
    The report sent to my doctor said just that I had fainted. 
    It looks like the hospital wants to 
    play down the incident. 
    I went for a simple CT scan & ended up in the emergency ward for 4 hours. 
    I am now wondering that without medical assistance I might have died? 
    Who knows?

    posted @ Saturday, July 11, 2015 2:01 AM by Mel

    I had a ct scanwith contrast in 2012. My reactions were similar to many people. The metallic taste feel like you going to pee while your in there, warm sensation. Then I felt pins and needles in my tongue and nausea. I came out of the machine and my tingue was swollen and had a hard time speeking, I felt light heade to the point things were going black, I could catch my breath and knew I was dying and appaantly did. I remember the radiologist saying code blue.I recall asking if I was dying and the Dr said I was over reacting , however another emerg Dr came in and immediate gave me an injection and saying he's had a severe reaction.I was tken back to emerg and was as cold as an ice cube,mouth so and throat dry as could be. My blood pressure was over 200.I was kept there for observation for 6 hrs. afrte that I would get these 5 -10 min spells where everything would get so bright I couldn't see and my hands and legs would be numb. 
    I couldn't live this way so I did a program called the purification program at the church of scientology and cleaned my body through saunas and vitamins. Feel fine now. Contrast never ever again.

    posted @ Saturday, July 11, 2015 8:02 AM by jeff

    After a CT exam preceded by Barium Sulphate and the iodine IV. I felt tired, a little heady and definitely not willing or able to do the things I'd planned on doing upon returning home - and felt sleepy on the drive home. There may have been other explanations for these symptonms given I got little sleep the night before but then, maybe not?

    posted @ Wednesday, August 05, 2015 8:04 PM by Brian

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