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Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory to warn people that transdermal drug patches with metallic backings may cause burns during a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Transdermal drug patches release medicine through the skin. However, the backing of these patches has aluminum or other metals that can overheat during a scan and burn the skin. The patches should be removed before a scan to reduce the risk of burning the skin.
The FDA recommends that patients who use medicated patches and will be having an MRI scan to:
The FDA is working to identify the drug patches with metal backing. Some of the ones that pose a potential problem are:
For more information, see:
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