Pharmacology and Safety of Common Contrast Agents - RAD180B

Pharmacology and Safety of Common Contrast Agents

by Jennifer L. Gibson, PharmD and Grace Lam, MD, MBA
(4.4 / 16 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (1.50 CE Credit)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


With the millions of computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans performed in the U.S. annually, knowledge of contrast agents to optimize radiographic imaging is essential. This continuing education course reviews common contrast agents that are currently in use, including their historical development, respective indications, and safety and monitoring parameters. It highlights specific adverse reactions of particular concern for each contrast medium. It describes the spectrum of allergic responses that occur and various treatments to employ so anyone working with these contrast media has a strong level of confidence with these agents.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physicians, pharmacists, and imaging technologists with an overview of the most common contrast agents used in medical imaging, including the respective mechanisms of action, applications, and adverse effects. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast common contrast agents used in medical imaging.
  • List risk factors for adverse reactions to contrast agents.
  • Describe strategies for reducing the risk of serious adverse reactions to contrast agents.
  • Review how members of the interprofessional team can communicate and work together to reduce negative outcomes from contrast media.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physicians, pharmacists and imaging technologists.
Imaging technologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 10/15/2019 to 11/1/2020.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ASRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 5/29/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/24/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/24/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Erik D - Peoria, AZ  ·  Feb 19, 2020
it was good, very very good
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Bryan N - Austin, TX  ·  Feb 10, 2020
Informative. Very good information about things that really matter.
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Magdalena C - Fort Morgan, CO  ·  Jan 23, 2020
very informative and thorough
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Hsiao S - plano, TX  ·  Jan 07, 2020
very educational and practical
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Fredrick A - Ash Fork, AZ  ·  Dec 28, 2019
Interesting course for information.
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00