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J Infus Nurs. 2004 Sep-Oct;27(5):302-12.

Understanding contrast media.

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  • 1Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.


More than 10 million radiologic examinations requiring intravascular injection of iodinated contrast media are performed in the United States each year. Iodinated contrast media are considered to be safe diagnostic drugs, and the incidence of adverse reaction is low. However, as with any drug, the administration of contrast media is not without risk. Nurses involved in patient care should have some understanding of the properties and potential effects of iodinated contrast media.

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