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World J Radiol. Sep 28, 2017; 9(9): 339-349
Published online Sep 28, 2017. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v9.i9.339
Radiographic and magnetic resonances contrast agents: Essentials and tips for safe practices
Mohamed R Nouh, Mohamed A El-Shazly
Mohamed R Nouh, Department of Radiology and Clinical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Alexandria 21563, Egypt
Mohamed A El-Shazly, Department of Radiology and Clinical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University, Cairo 11651, Egypt
Author contributions: Nouh MR and El-Shazly MA had been having the idea of the manuscript; both authors had been equally reviewed the literature, drafted the manuscript and critically revised it; both authors approved the manuscript in its current final form.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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Correspondence to: Mohamed R Nouh, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Clinical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, 1 Kolyat El-Teb Street, Mahata El-Ramel, Alexandria 21563, Egypt. mohamed.nouh@alexmed.edu.eg
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Received: January 24, 2017
Peer-review started: February 2, 2017
First decision: May 11, 2017
Revised: June 14, 2017
Accepted: June 19, 2017
Article in press: June 20, 2017
Published online: September 28, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Radiologists have to be oriented with the potential hypersensitivity reactions of radiographic and magnetic resonances contrast media (CM) and able to recognize high-risk groups liable to develop such reactions. Effective management plans have to be ready to implement should these scenarios emerge. Strategies to prevent potential contrast-induced acute and delayed renal injuries have to be exercised. Caring for special considerations as well as other fragile populations is of utmost importance for patients’ safety. Moreover, radiologists should be oriented with the medico-legal issues related to use of CM. These will be conveyed as improved patients’ safety and safe radiology practices.