Don’t perform serum protein electrophoresis nor search of urinary Bence-Jones protein as laboratory test before contrast media administration.

Type of practice

Laboratory tests

The only real drawback for the administration of contrast media is renal insufficiency. It can be diagnosed measuring serum Creatinine (increased) and calculating the glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The radiological requests should adequate to this statement.


1. European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR). Guidelines on Contrast Media.
2. Brusca I, Ruggeri M, Cinquanta L et al. La nefropatia da mezzi di contrasto: i fattori di rischio e l’anomalia italiana. Riv Ital Med Lab 2011; 7: 36-41.

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