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Skin Patches Pose MRI Risk



Wearing skin patches, including those used to aid in smoking cessation, may pose a burn risk for people undergoing MRI, the FDA has warned.

The agency has issued a public health advisory cautioning that aluminum and other metals used in the backings of some patches available over the counter or by prescription may conduct electricity during the procedure, resulting in a burn.

The risk of a burn may not be raised on the package insert for such items, the FDA has warned.

Patients undergoing MRI should inform healthcare staff if they wear a medicated patch prior to the procedure.

For more information about this warning, visit www.fda.com.

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