Are Gadolinium-Based Contrast Media Safe Alternatives to Iodinated Contrast Agents for the Safe Performance of Spinal Injection Procedures?

Myth: Gadolinium-based contrast media are as safe to use as standard iodinated contrast agents for spinal interventions. Learn about the facts surrounding this myth and the best practices to support safe performance of interventional pain procedures in your practice.

Each participant will read the FactFinder and will answer post-test questions to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Authors
Adrian Popescu, MD; Jaymin Patel, MD; Zachary McCormick, MD; Timothy Maus, MD; Meghan Rodes, MD; David R. Walega, MD; and Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH on behalf of the Patient Safety Committee of the Spine Intervention Society.

Copyright 
Materials presented in this activity have been made available by the Spine Intervention Society for educational purposes only. We reserve all rights to such material.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures
  • Cite the evidentiary basis for risk mitigation strategies in the safe performance of interventional pain procedures

Author Disclosures Information
RELEVANT FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH ACCME DEFINED COMMERCIAL INTEREST
Adrian Popescu, MD
Nothing to disclose

Jaymin Patel, MD
Nothing to disclose

Zachary McCormick, MD
Nothing to disclose

Timothy Maus, MD
Nothing to disclose

Meghan Rodes, MD
Nothing to disclose

David Walega, MD
Nothing to disclose

Clark C. Smith, MD, MPH
Nothing to disclose

OTHER DISCLOSURES
Adrian Popescu, MD
Travel expenses: SIS

Jaymin Patel, MD
Nothing to disclose

Zachary McCormick, MD
Grant support: SIS, Foundation of PM&R, Midwest Pain Society
Travel expenses: SIS

Timothy Maus, MD
Position in a physician society/association: SIS
Speaker: 
SIS, American Academy of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, European Pain Federation
Travel expenses: SIS, Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Neurology, European Pain Federation.

Meghan Rodes, MD
Nothing to disclose

David Walega, MD
Service as an instructor: Halyard
Travel expenses: Halyard
Grant and research support: RO1 National Institute on Aging (NIA) R01AG049924-01; Friends of Prentice Grant, Internal to NU, Halyard, IIR.

Clark C. Smith, MD, PhD
Nothing to disclose

Accreditation Statement
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
SIS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date of Activity Release:
 6/5/2018 
Date of Activity Expiration: 6/4/2021

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