Contrast media are drugs used during medical imaging procedures, including radiation therapy simulation imaging, to enhance visibility of vascular structures and organs.

Iodinated contrast media are contrast agents which include iodine and can cause related adverse reactions in some patients.

All healthcare professionals who care for patients receiving iodinated contrast media should be educated and proficient in contrast media administration. This should include how to identify and manage related adverse reactions such as hypersensitivity, the potential impact on kidney function and extravasation.

The following eLearning package includes:

  • a core mini module which provides an overview of the intravenous (IV) contrast media administration procedure and the methods and rationale for screening of potential adverse reactions
  • 3 interactive scenarios which demonstrate the identification and appropriate management of related adverse reactions including hypersensitivity, renal adverse events and extravasation. 

By the end of this rapid learning, you will be able to: 

  • outline safety measures and protocols to administer contrast media
  • describe the risks associated with contrast media administration and how to minimise these
  • identify, prevent and manage contrast media related adverse reactions
  • provide clear instructions, address concerns, and provide appropriate education to patients receiving or who have received contrast media, including post-procedure care. 

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To learn more about contrast media administration and the management of related adverse events, view the following resources.

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