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The FDA warned on March 5 of the risk of skin burns in patients wearing transdermal drug patches who are undergoing MRI scans. Transdermal patches are applied to the skin delivering pain medications, hormones, or nicotine and are sometimes made of aluminum or other metal which can overheat during an MRI scan, causing skin burns in the immediate area of the patch. The transdermal patch alert is the latest in a row of safety warnings involving MRI scanning that have resulted from the unpredictable effects of the strong magnets used in MRI devices. Today, radiologists warn patients with tattoos, implanted medical devices, and shrapnel that they could experience discomfort or injury when scanned.