Action star Chuck Norris took medical device manufacturers in a lawsuit filed in California on Wednesday claiming a chemical used in MRI imaging scans poisoned his wife Gena Norris.
Gadolinium that doctors injected into Gena to improve the clarity of her MRIs made her weak and tired and left debilitating bouts of pain and a burning sensation, according to the suit filed obtained in San Francisco Superior Court.
Video: Chuck Norris sues over MRI chemical he says poisoned wife
Gadolinium is a metal found in so-called contrast agents that used in many MRIs. Studies have shown that it is retained by organs like the skin, brain, and bones.
The American College of Radiology revealed last year in a statement that gadolinium-based contrast agents are being used for diagnosis and treatment guidance in more than 300 million patients all around the world since the late 1980s and provide "crucial, life-saving medical information."
Chuck Norris Sues Medical Company Claiming MRI Chemical Poisoned His Wife Gena
Roughly 500 lawsuits have been lodged against the medical companies in the San Francisco area alone in regards to gadolinium poisoning, although the Norris family has begun the most high-profile case so far.