MRI leads to metal poisoning, lawsuit says

Metal poisoning from gadolinium is being linked to MRI tests in patients, according to a series of new lawsuits.  An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a routine test used by doctors in hundreds of thousands of patients each year. Gadolinium is used as a contrast agent, and the lawsuits — including one from the wife of martial arts star Chuck Norris — claim the chemical can lead to severe pain, burning, loss of balance and other signs of metal toxicity.

Gadolinium Lawsuit Details

McKesson Corp. is one of numerous defendants in the growing number of gadolinium lawsuits, most of them filed in California. Gena Norris, the wife of actor Chuck Norris, alleges the chemical was injected in her body as part of MRI scans. Her lawsuit claims gadolinium settled in her tissue and bones, causing harm from metal toxicity. Investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are looking into the possible link between gadolinium-based contrast agents and injuries to MRI patients.

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