Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

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Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

Education

Medical Assistant University

Become a Medical Assistant!

Exclusively for ChristianaCare Caregivers

Have you thought about going back to school to become an allied health professional? Ten qualified ChristianaCare employed caregivers will have the chance to explore a new profession and be paid to earn their certificate as a Medical Assistant through a partnership with the ChristianaCare Medical Group and Delaware Technical Community College. Caregivers will earn college credits that can transfer to advanced education and begin a whole new career as a Medical Assistant with the ChristianaCare Medical Group with this intensive 6-month program.

Eligibility: 

  • Current ChristianaCare employee in good standing with at least one-year service.
  • High School graduate or equivalent.
  • Ability to use computer applications and systems.
  • Passion for learning & the Medical Assistant career.

*Caregivers with previous accredited medical assistant education and/or certification are not eligible.

Gain Experience in:

Administrative duties

  • Answering phone calls
  • Greeting patients
  • Establishing/Maintaining patient EHR
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • Filling out insurance forms
  • Arranging patients for additional services

Clinical tasks

  • Taking medical histories
  • Performing quality control procedures
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Assisting doctor or advanced practitioner during exams, diagnostic procedures and treatments
  • Collecting and prepare lab specimens
  • Performing basic lab tests
  • Taking electrocardiograms
  • Preparing and administering medicines as directed by practitioner
  • Drawing blood

Information Sessions

Learn More!

Virtual Microsoft Teams Events

Wednesday April 6, 2022
12:30 pm Lunch Session
4:30 pm Afternoon Session

Monday, April 11, 2022
12:30pm Lunch Session
4:30 pm Afternoon Session

Feel free to contact Laurie Domiano for an outlook calendar invitation

Frequently Asked Questions:

A: Guided by our values, a Medical Assistant or MA, is a medical professional who is responsible for working alongside physicians & advanced practitioners in outpatient & ambulatory facilities, such as medical offices and clinics.

A: Medical assisting is an awarding career but may not be the right career for everyone. The best Medical Assistants have very strong communication skills and customer service skills, are dependable, can handle high levels of stress, and are empathetic to patients and others. In addition, Medical Assistants must pay close attention to detail and have excellent visual acuity and manual dexterity. Finally, professional Medical Assistants must always have a strong level of integrity and self-control and the ability to be empathetic and courteous.

A: Medical assisting is an awarding career but may not be the right career for everyone. The best Medical Assistants have very strong communication skills and customer service skills, are dependable, can handle high levels of stress, and are empathetic to patients and others. In addition, Medical Assistants must pay close attention to detail and have excellent visual acuity and manual dexterity. Finally, professional Medical Assistants must always have a strong level of integrity and self-control and the ability to be empathetic and courteous.

A: Yes, the Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon the recommendation of the Medial Assisting Education Review Board.

A: Current ChristianaCare caregivers in good standing with one year of service & a high school diploma or equivalent. Excludes Caregivers with previous accredited medical assistant education or certification.

A: Caregivers must commit to 40 hours a week (full time status). Monday-Friday 8am-430pm with 30-minute lunch breaks. The program is time intensive and students will not be successful with absences deemed excessive.

A: Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC)

A: 36 credits.