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: New Visitation Guidelines. 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: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

Health & Wellness

Caring for Your Loved One With Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementias

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes a progressive loss of mental functioning. It affects a person’s ability to recall information, learn, reason and communicate. Because it is progressive, the disease will worsen over time. How quickly the disease progresses is different from person to person.

Currently, the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, and no cure has been found. There are, however, medications and programs, including clinical trials, that may slow the progression of symptoms and maximize function. There is reason to hope.

This guide was created for people in Delaware who are caring for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Additional help for caregivers is available from the Visiting Nurse Association and the Swank Memory Care Center at ChristianaCare. Special thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association, Wilmington Regional Office, for their assistance.

Stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Health care providers often use this scale, developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg and colleagues, to determine how the disease has progressed and what level of care is needed. The scale is also sometimes called the Functional Assessment Staging (FAST) Scale.

Stage Characteristics
1 Normal Adult
  • No memory loss.
2 Normal Older Adult
  • Individual is aware of some memory decline.
3 Early Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Co-workers become aware of relatively poor performance.
  • May retain little material read in a book.
  • May display denial.
4 Mild Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Decreased ability to recall current and recent events.
  • Needs help with complex tasks, such as handling finances.
  • May withdraw from challenging situations.
  • Displays denial.
5 Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Can no longer survive without some help.
  • No help needed with eating and toileting, but needs help choosing proper clothing.
  • May frequently be confused about the date, day of the week, season, etc.
6 Moderately Severe Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Needs help with toileting, bathing and dressing.
  • Changes in personality and behavior.
7 Severe Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Ability to speak declines severely. May grunt.
  • Loses basic skills such as ability to walk, sit up or smile.