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Editor's e-Note
“Chuck Norris once fought Superman. The loser had to wear his underwear over his pants.”

“Death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience.”

We’ve all heard the Chuck Norris jokes. But every radiologist knows that MRI is no laughing matter, particularly when it pertains to our loved ones.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, we are breaking with tradition a bit and sharing an editorial from Forbes Contributor Bruce Y. Lee. This think piece offers the most thought-provoking view of Norris’ wife, Gena, and her lawsuit examining the ramifications of MRI contrast agents, we have encountered to date.

Radiology Today wishes the best for all concerned in this very serious matter.

Also, RSNA is nearly upon us and, in addition to MRI safety, people will be talking about radiology’s future. A glance at the scheduled educational sessions reveals that value-based medicine and machine learning will be hot topics. There will also be a fair amount of discussion about precision medicine and mixed—augmented and virtual—reality. It’s an interesting time for radiology, and the changes that are happening today will no doubt reverberate in the years ahead. If you happen to be at the show, stop by booth 3253 and say hi.

— The Radiology Today Team
e-News Exclusive
Chuck Norris Lawsuit Claims MRI Agent Poisoned His Wife
By Bruce Y. Lee

Yes, I am writing about a Chuck Norris fight.

[Recently], the martial artist and his wife, Gena Norris, filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Superior Court, alleging that Gena was poisoned by gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) used for MRI scans. Defendants include GBCA manufacturers such as McKesson Corporation, Bracco S.p.A., and ACIST Medical Systems Inc.

As Ron Leuty described for the San Francisco Business Times, the claim is that in late 2012 Gena Norris began experiencing heart pounding and an “intense burning” in her body after undergoing three MRI scans over an eight-day period. Despite multiple visits to the hospital, her symptoms continued to worsen, until she had to leave Texas and travel as far as China to receive controversial alternative treatments such as chelation therapy and stem cell treatments.

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