Chuck Norris sues over MRI chemical he says poisoned wife

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2010 file photo, actor Chuck Norris, left, and his wife Gena pose for a photo following a ceremony in Garland, Texas. Norris is taking on medical device manufacturers in a lawsuit alleging a chemical used in MRI imaging scans poisoned his wife. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in San Francisco says gadolinium that doctors injected into Gena Norris to improve the clarity of her MRIs have left her weak and tired and with debilitating bouts of pain and a burning sensation. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

SAN FRANCISCO - Action star Chuck Norris is taking on medical device manufacturers in a lawsuit alleging a chemical used in MRI imaging scans poisoned his wife.

The lawsuit filed on Wednesday in San Francisco says gadolinium that doctors injected into Gena Norris to improve the clarity of her MRIs have left her weak and tired and with debilitating bouts of pain and a burning sensation.

Gadolinium is a metal found in so-called contrast agents used in many MRIs. Studies have shown it is retained by organs such as the brain, bones and skin.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in May it found no evidence that retained gadolinium was harmful. A European Union agency reached the same conclusion in July but still recommended suspending some gadolinium contrast agents as a precaution.


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