contrast dye safe

hello everyone. hope all is well. Im supppose to have a ct on my kidney in a couple of days and they will be using contrast dye. I notified my cardiologist and he said no problem. has anybody here had the dye injection and any unusual side effects? thank you


Hubby and I have both had CT Scans with contrast

by Gemita - 2022-07-17 18:17:10

Athena, yes I have had several recent CT Scans with contrast with no problems whatsoever.  They inject the contrast into a vein in your arm.  You may feel a little warm or experience a hot flush and possibly the desire to pee but it passes quickly and then the scan takes place.  Often the scan is over in minutes.  They use iodinated contrast which is usually out of your system in 24 hours especially if you have normal kidney function and drink plenty of water afterwards.

If you have kidney problems the radiographer may require checks on your most recent blood test results to make sure that the correct amount of contrast is used and that your contrast can be effectively eliminated afterwards.  

My husband had a CT Scan with contrast once and had a few problems afterwards with the iodinated contrast causing a thyroid storm (he has hyperthyroidism) but this was because he has poor kidney function and was dehydrated at the time of his scan.  His symptoms were managed with intravenous fluids and he made a full recovery and went on to have many more uneventful CT Scans with contrast, so please don't worry.

They use contrast to enhance CT images.  I wish you lots of luck and hope your doctors get the information they need

thank you

by athena123 - 2022-07-17 18:55:52

many thanks for the feedback , Gemita. and also for all your advice and wisdom here on the forum. 

CT Scans

by Marybird - 2022-07-18 08:20:01

I just had some CT scans of my chest and abdomen, both with and without contrast.. No effect at all on my pacemaker, either from the contrast media ( both ingested and IV), or from the CT scanner. 


by Tracey_E - 2022-07-18 14:37:07

Completly unrelated to the pacemaker, but I am allergic to the dye (iodine). Rash and crazy itching. It must be common because they had a big jar of benedryl and gave me some immediately. Last time they needed to do contrast, they loaded me up on what  must have been massive amounts of benedryl because I slept through the test and most of the day, but no allergic reaction. 

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