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

Communicating With Your Loved One Who Has Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease affects a person’s ability to communicate. Your loved one may have difficulty making himself understood and understanding what other people are saying.

How can I help my loved one communicate?

  • Use good listening skills. Keep eye contact and use touch to reassure and show you are listening.
  • Show your interest in what he says and feels.
  • Pay attention to his voice and gestures to better understand his feelings.
  • Keep in mind that emotions are sometimes more important than what is being said.
  • If you don’t understand what your loved one is trying to say, ask him to point or gesture.
  • If he is having difficulty finding the right word, offer a guess.
  • If your loved one uses the wrong word and you know what is meant, go ahead and supply the correct word. If this upsets him, do not correct him in the future.
  • If your loved one is upset, but unable to explain it verbally, give comfort and reassurance. Your loved one may become more upset if you pressure him to explain.

How can I help my loved one to understand?

  • Make sure your loved one is able to hear you.
  • Approach him from the front so you do not startle him.
  • Make sure confusion, distraction and noise are at a minimum.
  • Speak slowly and clearly. Using a lower pitch voice will help to convey a sense of calm.
  • Use short, simple, familiar words and sentences.
  • Be aware of your tone of voice. Your loved one can sense your emotions through your tone.
  • Ask only one question at a time and give your loved one time to respond.
  • Speak positively by avoiding “don’ts” and avoiding direct orders.
  • You may find it helpful to communicate your request by drawing, pointing, or touching things.
  • Ignore harmless hallucinations or delusions. Respond with reassurance rather than confrontation. You may find it helpful to redirect your loved one to another activity.
  • If you sense your loved one is not paying attention, try to talk to him again in a few minutes.
  • Use non-verbal communication (such as a smile, touch or hug). Non-verbal communication serves to reinforce verbal communication or to communicate when your loved one can no longer understand words.